Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJune 10, 1910
DiedJanuary 10, 1976, Hines, Illinois, United States
SpouseLillie Handley
FactWore size 16 shoes.

Howlin’ Wolf was born on June 10, 1910, in White Station, Mississippi. His parents were sharecroppers who owned a small farm. Wolf began working in the fields at a young age and did not receive formal education. He learned to play the guitar and harmonica from his father and uncle. Wolf’s first professional gig was with the Mississippi Sheiks, a popular blues band. He later moved to Chicago, where he recorded some of his most famous songs, including “Smokestack Lightning” and “Spoonful.” Wolf’s career spanned four decades and he influenced many other blues and rock musicians, including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Led Zeppelin. Wolf died of cancer on January 10, 1976, in Hernando, Mississippi.

General Info

Full NameHowlin' Wolf
Date Of BirthJune 10, 1910
DiedJanuary 10, 1976, Hines, Illinois, United States
Place Of BirthWhite Station, Mississippi, United States
Height1.98 m
ProfessionSinger, Guitarist, Composer, Songwriter


SpouseLillie Handley
ChildrenBettye Kelly, Barbra Marks
ParentsGertrude Burnett, Leon Burnett


AwardsGrammy Hall of Fame
MoviesThe Howlin' Wolf Story – The Secret History of Rock & Roll, The American Folk-Blues Festival: The British Tours 1963-1966

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1In 1971, he recorded an album with Eric Clapton in London that was later released as "The London Sessions".
2Wore size 16 shoes.
3Blues guitar player.
4Drafted in 1941, he served in the Army Signal Corps at Fort Lewis, Washington, and at Camp Adair, Oregon.
5His last performance was in November, 1975, at the Chicago Amphitheater.
6Suffered a nervous breakdown in 1943 and was discharged from the Army.



Animal House of Blues 33 1/32015Documentary writer: "WHO'S BEEN TALKIN'" completed
Ladbrokes Players ChampionshipTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
The Aliens2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Vinyl2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Far Out2015performer: "Spoonful Psychedelic version", "Howlin' For My Darling", "I'm the Wolf" / writer: "Howlin' For My Darling", "I'm the Wolf"
The Mindy ProjectTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
The SixtiesTV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Life Itself2014Documentary performer: "Tired Of Crying" / writer: "Tired Of Crying"
The Wolf of Wall Street2013performer: "Spoonful", "Smokestack Lightning" / writer: "Smokestack Lightning"
The Blue Black Hussar2013Documentary writer: "Smokestack Lightning"
The Fall2013TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Bank Roll2012writer: "Backdoor Man"
Animal House of Blues: How a Community Helped Create a Hollywood Blockbuster or Two2012Documentary writer: "WHO'S BEEN TALKIN'"
The Bay2012/IIperformer: "Spoonful"
True BloodTV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2012 writer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2012
Fringe2012TV Series performer - 1 episode
Metal EvolutionTV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Shame2011performer: "You Can't Be Beat" / writer: "You Can't Be Beat"
Entourage2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Hangover Part II2011performer: "Smokestack Lightnin'" / writer: "Smokestack Lightnin'"
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place2011Documentary performer: "Killing Floor" / writer: "Killing Floor"
Jimi Hendrix: The Guitar Hero2011Documentary performer: "Killing Floor" / writer: "Killing Floor"
MisfitsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Mafia II2010Video Game performer: "SMOKESTACK LIGHTNIN'" / writer: "SMOKESTACK LIGHTNIN'"
Casino Jack and the United States of Money2010Documentary performer: "BACK DOOR MAN", "SPOONFUL"
He's Just Not That Into You2009performer: "Worried About My Baby" / writer: "Worried About My Baby"
Big River Man2009Documentary performer: "Little Red Rooster"
Cadillac Records2008writer: "Smokestack Lightin'"
Mad Money2008performer: "Smokestack Lightning" / writer: "Smokestack Lightning"
The Sopranos2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
All the King's Men2006performer: "Smokestack Lightnin'" / writer: "Smokestack Lightnin'"
Great Performances2005TV Series writer - 1 episode
American MastersTV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes, 2001 - 2005 writer - 2 episodes, 2001 - 2005
The BluesTV Series documentary performer - 4 episodes, 2003 writer - 2 episodes, 2003
How to Deal2003performer: "Hidden Charms"
Soundstage2003TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Chain of Fools2000performer: "Down to This" / writer: - as C. Burnett / writer: "Down to This" - as Frederick Hibbert
An American Werewolf in Paris1997performer: "I'm The Wolf" / writer: "I'm The Wolf"
The Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon1996Documentary writer: "Smokestack Lightning"
Backbeat1994performer: "Chocolate Drop" - as Howling Wolf / writer: "Chocolate Drop"
Bluesland: A Portrait in American Music1993Documentary performer: "I Ain't Superstitious"
Live at the El Mocambo: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble1991Video writer: "Tell Me"
The Doors1991writer: "Back Door Man"
The Natural History of Parking Lots1990performer: "Tail Dragger" - as Howling Wolf
Men Don't Leave1990writer: "TELL ME"
Who Shot Patakango?1989performer: "Smokestack Lightning" / writer: "Smokestack Lightning"
Jimi Plays Monterey1986Documentary writer: "Killing Floor"
Diner1982performer: "Smokestack Lightning" / writer: "Smokestack Lightning"
Blue Collar1978performer: "Wang Dang Doodle"
Lady on Top1975Short writer: "Sitting on Top of the World" - uncredited
Double Header1974writer: "Smokestack Lightning" - uncredited
The Young Hitchikers1971writer: "Killing Floor" - uncredited
Handicap1968Short writer: "Back Door Man"
The Emperor1967Documentary short writer: "Smokestack Lightning" - uncredited
Shindig!TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1965 writer - 1 episode, 1965

Music Department

Jimi Plays Monterey1986Documentary composer: song "Killing Floor" - as Chester Burnett


Smokestack Lightning: The Legendary Howlin' Wolf2016Documentary post-production as Chester Burnett
Festival1967DocumentaryHimself (as Howling Wolf)
Shindig!1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer
Tempo1964TV SeriesMusic performer
The Beat Room1964TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert2009TV SpecialHimself (as Howling Wolf)
Seven Ages of Rock2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Howlin' Wolf Story2003DocumentaryHimself (as Chester Burnett)
The Blues2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Blues Odyssey2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Masters2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock'n'Roll2000TV Movie documentaryHimself


Won Awards

2004BMI Cable AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Sopranos (1999)
2003BMI Cable AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Sopranos (1999)
2002BMI Cable AwardBMI Film & TV AwardsThe Sopranos (1999)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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