Jan 11: Howlin’ Wolf by Howlin’ Wolf – 1962

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“Howlin’ Wolf’s second album brings together some of the blues great’s best singles from the late ’50s and early ’60s. Also available as a fine two-fer with his debut, Moanin’ in the Moonlight, the so-called Rockin’ Chair Album represents the cream of Wolf’s Chicago blues work. Those tracks afforded classic status are many, including “Spoonful,” “The Red Rooster,” “Wang Dang Doodle,” “Back Door Man,” “Shake for Me,” and “Who’s Been Talking?” Also featuring the fine work of Chess house producer and bassist Willie Dixon and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, Rockin’ Chair qualifies as one of pinnacles of early electric blues, and is an essential album for any quality blues collection.”
– Stephen Cook (Allmusic)



Released January 11, 1962
Recorded 1959-1962
Genre Chicago blues
Length 31:57
Label Chess
Producer Ralph Bass

Howlin’ Wolf is the second album from Howlin’ Wolf. It is a collection of six singles previously released by the Chess label from 1960 through 1962. Because of the illustration on its sleeve (by Don Bronstein), the album is often called The Rockin’ Chair Album, a nickname even added to the cover on some reissue pressings of the LP. It’s a blues classic!

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Howlin Wolf – Shake for me (American Folk and Blues Festival):



Side one
  1. “Shake for Me” – 2:12
  2. “The Red Rooster” – 2:22
  3. “You’ll Be Mine” – 2:25
  4. “Who’s Been Talkin'” (Howlin’ Wolf) – 2:18
  5. “Wang Dang Doodle” – 2:18
  6. “Little Baby” – 2:45
Side two
  1. “Spoonful” – 2:42
  2. “Going Down Slow” (St. Louis Jimmy Oden) – 3:18
  3. “Down in the Bottom” – 2:05
  4. “Back Door Man” – 2:45
  5. “Howlin’ for My Baby” – 2:28
  6. “Tell Me” (Howlin’ Wolf) – 2:52

Youtube playlist:

The album is not on Spotify so we’ve put together a playlist with all those classic songs, Howlin’ Wolf – Howlin’ Wolf:

– Hallgeir & Egil

3 thoughts on “Jan 11: Howlin’ Wolf by Howlin’ Wolf – 1962”

  1. The two-fer with Howlin’ Wolf’s first two albums is such a fantastic CD. I want to say greatest blues music ever.

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