Moanin at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin Wolf by James SegrestHowlin’ Wolf was a musical giant in every way. He stood six foot three, weighed almost three hundred pounds, wore size sixteen shoes, and poured out his darkest sorrows onstage in a voice like a raging chainsaw. Half a century after his first hits, his sound still terrifies and inspires.
Born Chester Burnett in 1910, the Wolf survived a grim childhood and hardscrabble youth as a sharecropper in Mississippi. He began his career playing and singing with the first Delta blues stars for two decades in perilous juke joints. He was present at the birth of rock ’n’ roll in Memphis, where Sam Phillips–who also discovered Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis–called Wolf his “greatest discovery.” He helped develop the sound of electric blues and vied with rival Muddy Waters for the title of king of Chicago blues. He ended his career performing and recording with the world’s most famous rock stars. His passion for music kept him performing–despite devastating physical problems–right up to his death in 1976.
There’s never been a comprehensive biography of the Wolf until now. Moanin’ at Midnight is full of startling information about his mysterious early years, surprising and entertaining stories about his decades at the top, and never-before-seen photographs. It strips away all the myths to reveal–at long last–the real-life triumphs and tragedies of this blues titan.
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Howlin’ Wolf: Where The Soul of Man Never Dies
Please refresh the page and retry. Phillips first heard him in , and he said: "This is for me. This is where the soul of man never dies. Chester had been given the nickname Howlin' Wolf by his uncle, and it stuck. And, as a young boy, he badgered the great Mississippi Delta singer Charley Patton for advice, and then styled his singing on Patton's gravely voice. And it's done me just fine," Howlin' Wolf said.
He is simply legendary for all the right reasons, and that truly rare occurrence of a unique artist, genuinely inimitable though often copied. Segrest and Hoffman. It was Charlie Patton though, a popular Delta bluesman especially gifted on guitar, who would first mesmerize the teenage Wolf and mentor the budding musician The only interruption to this routine was from when he was drafted into the army. Though Wolf did not serve overseas in World War II, those four years in the army and especially the reasons for his discharge, are telling of the fragile inner nature within the tough giant, the permanent scars of his wounded childhood. It was due to Philips vision and his belief in Wolf as a special artist in various respects, including one that pointed which direction the new musical stylings known as Rock and Roll could go, that gave Wolf the start he finally deserved at age 41 — Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters both, for example, receiving much earlier recording starts. That Wolf merely humming can have such an effect intimates the power of the voice behind it.
Chester Arthur Burnett June 10, — January 10, , known as Howlin' Wolf , was a Chicago blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, originally from Mississippi. With a booming voice and imposing physical presence, he is one of the best-known Chicago blues artists. The 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. This is where the soul of man never dies. He was given the name Chester Arthur, after Chester A. Arthur , the 21st President of the United States.
He was His death was announced on his official Web site, hubertsumlinblues. No cause was specified. Though at times tempestuous, Mr. Speaking of their collaborations in a interview with Living Blues magazine, Mr. I got to where I knew what he wanted before he asked for it, because I could feel the man. Hubert Charles Sumlin was born on Nov.