Howlin' Wolf: Smokestack Lightning

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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


Music Playlist

  1. Smokestack Lightnin

    Artist: Howlin' Wolf
    Album: The Chess Box
    Label: Chess-MCA
  2. Crying at Daybreak

    Artist: Howlin' Wolf
    Album: Howlin' Wolf Sings the Blues
    Label: Ace Records UK
  3. Ace Moon Going Down

    Artist: Charley Patton
    Album: Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues
    Label: Revenant