The first song in our series is Howlin’ Wolf’s "Smokestack Lightning," a cornerstone of Chicago Blues. Howlin' Wolf's daughter and his longtime guitarist Hubert Sumlin talk about the importance of his music.
This story was produced by Ben Manilla and Devon Strolovitch.
Video: Howlin’ Wolf performs “Smokestack Lightning,” live in 1964
Smokestack LightninArtist: Howlin' WolfAlbum: The Chess BoxLabel: Chess-MCA
Crying at DaybreakArtist: Howlin' WolfAlbum: Howlin' Wolf Sings the BluesLabel: Ace Records UK
Ace Moon Going DownArtist: Charley PattonAlbum: Screamin' and Hollerin' the BluesLabel: Revenant