Howlin' Wolf


Howlin' Wolf

▪ American musician
byname of  Chester Arthur Burnett 
born June 20, 1910, West Point, Mississippi, U.S.
died January 10, 1976, Hines, Illinois

      American blues singer and composer who was one of the principal exponents of the urban blues style of Chicago.

      Burnett was brought up on a cotton plantation; the music he heard was the traditional tunes of the region. He started singing professionally when quite young and in the 1920s and '30s performed throughout Mississippi, playing in small clubs. He was influenced by the music of Blind Lemon Jefferson (Jefferson, Blind Lemon), Sonny Boy Williamson (Williamson, Sonny Boy), and Charley Patton (Patton, Charley). In the 1940s he went to Arkansas, where there was a flourishing blues tradition, and formed his own group, which included James Cotton and Little Jr. Parker, both of whom became noted blues performers in their own right. Burnett accompanied himself on guitar and harmonica, but his main instrument was his guttural and emotionally suggestive voice, which gave his songs power and authenticity. After his first record, Moanin' at Midnight (1951), became a hit, Burnett moved to Chicago, where he, along with Muddy Waters (Waters, Muddy), made the city a centre for the transformation of the (acoustic) Mississippi Delta blues style into an electrically amplified style for urban audiences. His work was known only to blues audiences until the Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones, the) and other British and American rock stars of the 1960s and '70s acknowledged his influence. Burnett was noted for his brooding lyrics and his earthy, aggressive stage presence.

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  • Howlin' Wolf — Datos generales Nacimiento 10 de junio de 1910 Origen West Point (Misisipi) Muerte 10 de enero de 1976 …   Wikipedia Español

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  • Howlin Wolf — Howlin’ Wolf ( * 10. Juni 1910 in White Station in der Nähe von West Point, Mississippi als Chester Arthur Burnett; † 10. Januar 1976 in Chicago, Illinois) war ein US amerikanischer Blues Musiker. Leben und Werk Bereits als Kind erhielt er den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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