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African-American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, from Mississippi. With a booming voice and looming physical presence, he is one of the best-known Chicago blues artists. Musician and critic Cub Koda
noted, "no one could match Howlin' Wolf for the singular ability to
rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its
patrons out of its wits." Producer Sam Phillips recalled, "When I heard Howlin' Wolf, I said, 'This is for me. This is where the soul of man never dies'". Several of his songs, such as "Smokestack Lightnin'", "Back Door Man", "Killing Floor" and "Spoonful" have become blues and blues rock standards. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 51 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".(Wikipedia)
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Famed rootsy-Americana producer T Bone Burnett, is one of many
aficionados of the Sun sound who cite this as the first rock 'n' roll
song. Speaking with Uncut magazine in an April 2012 interview, he
argued: "The first major breakthrough Sam made was with Howlin' Wolf.
That's when he started bringing the bass and drums up loud. Back in
those days, the bass and drums were background instruments; it was about
the horns and the piano, the melody instruments, and Sam brought the
rhythm section right up front, and that became rock 'n' roll. That was a
big shift. In some ways 'How Many More Years' by Wolf would be the
first rock 'n' roll song because that has the guitar lick that became
the central guitar lick in rock 'n' roll, and that's the first time we
heard that played on a distorted guitar. It was an old big band lick,
turned into something completely fresh."(Songfacts)