Jun 18, 2009
Howlin' Wolf: Moaning in the Moonlight

The picture above is Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett). Wolf is supposed to have been an imposing figure of 6’6” and about 300 pounds. His voice was large and matched his frame. He was an influence on rock musicians such as The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.

This is actually two albums Howlin’ Wolf and Moanin’ in the Moonlight.

The music is intense and gritty and real in a way that the pretty boy singers of American Idol can never manage. Wolf’s voice is intense and gravelly, and conveys emotion with the best of them.

The CD serves as an excellent introduction to the Chicago blues of the ’50s and ‘60s.