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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Howlin' Wolf Pseudonym of Chester Arthur Burnett. 1910-1976. American singer and muscian who earned his nickname for the baying cries that characterized his style of blues singing.


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  • Among Chess' stars was bluesman Chester Burnett, better known as Howlin' Wolf, who set the place afire with the songs "Back Door Man," "Spoonful" and, of course, "Smokestack Lightning," many written and/or produced by Dixon -- and cornerstones for any self-respecting blues or rock band.

  • It has proven to be one of the great producers and repositories of American culture, producing writers such as William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Richard Wright and Eudora Welty who spent most of her life in the country where the Anderson killing took place, and musicians of the caliber of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Elvis Presley.

    Michael Deibert: What James Craig Anderson's Killing Means to America

  • I mean, obviously my musical tastes have expanded, but if I had to boil it down, it's still about Howlin' Wolf, and John Lee Hooker, Muddy, and Slim Harpo, and Jimmy Reed -- then the white guys just started interpreting it.

    Gregory Weinkauf: Chimes of Freedom: Artists Talk Amnesty

  • Southside turned Lisa on to early Van Morrison and Howlin' Wolf, as well as literature.

    Holly Cara Price: Lisa Lowell's Beautiful Behavior

  • He said that at the Matrix he was just as likely to end up chatting with Howlin' Wolf as with blues fans such as Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane or Ron "Pigpen" McKernan of the Grateful Dead.

    Aggressively Spanning the Blues

  • She shows her deep ties to the blues -- her earliest musical love along with the songs of Bob Dylan -- in some of the metaphors she chooses, her taste in blues covers, including Howlin' Wolf's, "I Asked For Water He Gave Me Gasoline," and her eye for the landscapes and culture of the South, the original home of the blues.

    Art Levine: Lucinda Williams Brings Blues, Heartache and Protest to Washington

  • Mrs. Power's grandparents owned the Mississippi Delta plantation Dockery Farms, known as the birthplace of Blues because musicians such as BB King, Charlie Patton, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf played there in the evenings.

    Aspen Bavarian-Style Retreat

  • King, Charlie Patton, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf played there in the evenings.

    A Picasso and a Yoga Room

  • In the late '40s, while staying with his brother-in-law Howlin' Wolf, Williamson hosted his own radio program.

    Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: Volume 126

  • I take a lot of Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Kris Kristofferson and Howlin' Wolf music to heart.

    Interview with Ed Erdelac (Interview by Mihir Wanchoo)


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