Bruce Dickinson concludes his profile of blues giant Howlin' Wolf, aka Chester Burnett.
In the history of the blues, there has never been anyone quite like the Howlin' Wolf.
Bruce Dickinson concludes the story of the man Sam Phillips considered to be his greatest discovery.
Six foot three and close to 300 pounds in his salad days the Wolf (aka Chester Arthur Burnette) was the primal force of the blues spun out to its ultimate conclusion.
Instrumental in the formation of the Chicago Blues sound, the Wolf pioneered not only the electric guitar but through his hits created its back-catalogue and pioneered the electric guitar.
His hits include Evil, Smokestack Lightnin', I Ain't Superstitious, Spoonful, The Red Rooster, Shake For Me and Going Down Slow.
Contributors include Bonnie Raitt; Bill Wyman; Jeff Beck; Hubert Sumlin (Wolf's life-long guitarist); Chris Barber; Blues Band vocalist Dave Kelly; Skip McDonald; Marshall Chess; and Mark Hoffman author of the definitive Howlin' Wolf biography.
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First broadcast 2008.