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    Born on June 10, 1910 in West Point, Mississippi, Howlin' Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett) grew up to become one of the best guitarists, hamonica players, and singers in the world of blues.  A contemporary of Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller), and Little Walter Jacobs, his booming voice was perhaps the most distinctive and memorable of the 1950's Chicago blues singers.  

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    Chester Arthur Burnett has probably had more impact worldwide than the 19th-century American president after whom he was named.  With a musical influence that extends from the rockabilly singers of the 1950s and the classic rock stars of the 1960s to the grunge groups of the 1990s and the punk-blues bands of the 21st century, plus a legion of imitators to rival Elvis’s, he was one of the greatest and most influential blues singers ever...

    Wolf’s last performance was in November 1975 at the Chicago Amphitheater.  On a bill with B.B. King, Albert King, O. V. Wright, Luther Allison, and many other great bluesmen, Wolf gave a heroic performance, rising almost literally from his deathbed to recreate many of his old songs and performing some of his old antics such as crawling across the stage during the song "Crawling King Snake." The crowd went wild and gave him a five-minute standing ovation. When he got offstage, a team of paramedics were called in to revive him. Two months later he was dead, after his heart gave out during an operation.  He was buried in Hines, IL.

    (Howlin' Wolf performing Smokestack Lightning live in England in 1964, along with Willie Dixon and Hubert Sumlin)

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