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Happy 103rd birthday, Wolf!

In honor of Wolfs birthday, weve posted a new video by New York City friend and fellow Wolf fan Tomás Doncker. Besides being a great musician, Tomás is the musical director for the N.Y.C. SummerStage Premiere of Mando Alvarados Diablo Love,” which uses songs made famous by Howlin’ Wolf.

 Note: This play contains strong language and music!
If you’re in N.Y.C. this summer, it's the play to see!

Tomás and his band have just released an EP in honor of the Wolf, featuring four classic Wolf tunes plus one written by Tomás and Pulitzer prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa and one written by Tomás and his stellar harp player, David Barnes. All of these songs are featured in “Diablo Love.” Here are Tomás and his band in action performing the immortal Howlin’ Wolf and Willie Dixon tune “Spoonful”:

Read “Moanin’ at Midnight” —
the first and only biography of the great Howlin’ Wolf —
a Blues Hall of Fame inductee
as “a classic of blues literature”!

Click to read about the first biography of Howlin’ Wolf!

“Answers almost every who, what, and why about the blues giant.”
- National Public Radio

“An insightful—and long overdue—look at an utterly unique and influential performer.”
- The Houston Chronicle

“A superb biography of the bluesman Sam Phillips thought could have changed rock ’n’ roll history.”
- Mojo magazine

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Wolf on "Shindig" TV show in 1965

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More than 35 years ago, Howlin’ Wolf predicted the first black President:

“You know, they called us ‘coons’—said we didn’t have no sense.
You gonna wake up one morning, and a coon’s gonna be the President.”
—“Coon on the Moon” from The Back Door Wolf, recorded in 1973

We’re always looking for unpublished photos, unseen or unheard film, video, and sound clips, and first-person stories of and about Howlin’ Wolf! If you have any of these or know someone else who does, please contact Mark Hoffman.  Thanks!

This site is maintained by Mark Hoffman, co-author with James Segrest of Moanin’ at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin’ Wolf, the first biography of the legendary bluesman. If you wish to share your stories about the Wolf with us, please email Mark or James.