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  posted on 2/24/2007 at 04:18 PM
Howlin' Wolf......I love this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDZvOZ8sMwo

 

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  posted on 2/24/2007 at 04:25 PM
Otis Span, Fred Below, Hubert Sumlin, Willie Dixon and the Wolf was my favorite Howlin' Wolf lineup

 

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  posted on 2/24/2007 at 04:34 PM
WOW!!----thanks

 

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  posted on 2/24/2007 at 10:03 PM
awesome and damn the Allman Brothers Band due that song justice!!!!!!!! Love It.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2007 at 02:23 PM
Nice treat, Bob! I'm pretty much captivated by seeing all aspects of Wolf's performance, every bit of video I see.

I wish there was more info with it. By the looks of it, I'd guess early '60s, maybe on one of those European tours (I didn't recognize the hostess as an American star, did you?).
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Otis Span, Fred Below, Hubert Sumlin, Willie Dixon and the Wolf was my favorite Howlin' Wolf lineup
Carl, we definitely saw the Wolf and Hubert, but I couldn't tell who the pianist was, and they didn't show the drummer at all. I'm not sure there was any bass besides Wolf playing that single-note rhythm on the low strings of his guitar:
1 1 3 3 4 4 4# 5

I looked for this performance in a Wolf discography I have, but it doesn't cover TV appearances. Here's some info on the song and Wolf's lineups, though:

"Shake for Me" was recorded in Chicago in 1961.09. The other song laid down that day: "The [Little] Red Rooster." One (not sure which) was the A side, the other the B. The lineup was Wolf, Hubert, Little Johnny Jones on piano, Dixon on bass, and Sam Lay on drums.

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From pictures I'm looking at on photocopies from liner notes etc., it looks like up until the mid-'50s, his name on labels was always "The Howlin' Wolf" (my emphasis). After that it was just "Howlin' Wolf," which we know him as.

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Carl, there were very few Wolf tracks with either Otis Spann or Fred, much less both at the same time:

Fred Below
1953.10 "All Night Boogie"
Others besides Wolf: Hosea Lee Kennard (piano), Hubert and Jody Williams or Willie Johnson (guitar), no bass
1972.02 Live and Cookin' at Alice's Revisited album
Sunnyland Slim (p), Hubert and Willie Williams (g), Dave Myers (electric bass)

Otis Spann
1967.09 The Super Super Blues Band LP, with Wolf, Muddy, and Bo Diddley
Hubert (g), unknown (b, d, tamb, female vocals)

Otis and maybe Fred: three sessions
1954.03 4 tracks, including "Rockin' Daddy"
Hubert and Lee Cooper (g), Dixon (b), probably Earl Phillips (d), but maybe Fred
1954.05.25 "Baby How Long, " "Evil's Going On"
Same lineup as March but Jody Williams replaces Cooper
1954.10 "I'll Be Around," "Forty-Four"
Prob. same as as May

Otis and Fred: two sessions, incl. a big one
1960.06 or 07 "Wang Dang Doodle," "Back Door Man," "Spoonful"
For lineup, see below.*
1963.07.26 Club show, a couple tracks eventually released by Chess on LP
J.T. Brown or unknown (tenor sax), Donald Hankins (bari sax), Buddy Guy (g)

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* The rest of the lineup on this last session was officially Wolf, Hubert, an unknown guitarist, and Dixon, so there's your dream team. Not only that, but Freddie King always claimed he was the lead guitarist on "Spoonful." It is quite possible, because it sounds like his early style and tone and not much like Hubert's.

 

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  posted on 2/25/2007 at 03:07 PM
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Nice treat, Bob! I'm pretty much captivated by seeing all aspects of Wolf's performance, every bit of video I see.

I wish there was more info with it. By the looks of it, I'd guess early '60s, maybe on one of those European tours (I didn't recognize the hostess as an American star, did you?).


Peter, this clip is from the American Folk Blues Festival in 1964, and was recorded in a small TV studio in Germany. The introduction is by Mae Mercer, and the band is Howlin' Wolf on vocals and guitar, Hubert Sumlin on guitar, Sunnyland Slim on piano, Willie Dixon on bass, and Clifton James on drums. I only know this by reading the booklet that came with the American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 Volume Two DVD which contains this clip. Like you, I could only pick out Chester and Hubert by watching it.

The DVD also has 2 other Wolf perfromances as well as Sonny Boy Williamson, Sunnyland Slim, Willie Dixon, Lightnin' Hopkins, Victoria Spivey, Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, Roosevelt Sykes, Matt Murphy, Terry & McGee, and Big Mama Thornton. There are 3 volumes in the complete DVD collection. Definately worth having if you're a fan, which you obviously are.

 

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  posted on 2/26/2007 at 09:34 PM
Thanks for this info, Bob. That's one of those DVDs I have to get around to picking up someday, for sure.
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Peter, this clip is from the American Folk Blues Festival in 1964, and was recorded in a small TV studio in Germany. The introduction is by Mae Mercer, and the band is Howlin' Wolf on vocals and guitar, Hubert Sumlin on guitar, Sunnyland Slim on piano, Willie Dixon on bass, and Clifton James on drums.
Yeah, I was guessing Europe because--besides that hostess I didn't recognize--the B&W and kinda rustic set design reminded me of other Euro TV appearances I've seen of bluesmen, like some of the clips from Academy Award™ winner Martin Scorsese's Blues series.

Yes, I'm getting the discography out. . . . Okay, check this out, Bob:
Musikhalle, Berlin, October 9, 1964
"Dust My Broom"
Wolf, Sunnyland Slim, Hubert, Dixon, and Clifton James.
Could've been the same week--probably the same tour.



"Blues session in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, November 20 {Duane's birthday }, 1964:
Chris Lange (right) playing guitar with Sunnyland Slim at the piano under the watchful eyes of blues legend Mr. Chester "Howling Wolf" Burnett (left). (Picture courtesy of Ernst "Fats" Bührer)"
{Haaa: " 'Fats' Bührer"}*

Otherwise, the only Sunnyland Slim I see with Wolf was a live album from 1972, Live and Cookin' at Alice's Revisited. I wouldn't recognize his piano style--I think that of the Chicago guys, I'd know Otis Spann and my guy Lafayette Leake. Since Sunnyland Slim was a singer himself, he was mostly his own bandleader and didn't record with a lot of the other Chess guys. For example, the only Muddy Waters sessions he was on were in 1947 and '48. Of course, those were some incredible sessions, producing "Gypsy Woman," "I Can't Be Satisfied," "Kind-Hearted Woman," "Mean Red Spider," and "Streamline woman," among others.

Clifton James was on one of Wolf's studio sessions in 1964, but that's it besides that German date. I know he played with Muddy, too. . . . He's the drummer on the Folk Singer album, with Muddy and Buddy Guy on acoustic guitars, Dixon on bass (1963.09). I wonder what happened to him after 1964.

* "If anyone in Switzerland should carry the title of 'Guitar Blues Pioneer,' then it is, without a doubt, Chris Lange. . . ."
http://homepage.hispeed.ch/chrislangeblues/bio_en.htm

 

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  posted on 2/27/2007 at 05:34 PM
Bill, got more on Wolf's 1964 tour for you. Someone posted some great info and pictures at a blog's Wolf page. Here are excerpts:

1964 Blues Jam Time Capsule

American Folk Blues Festival (Jam Session)
Live at Jazz House, Wiesbaden, D, Monday, Nov. 16th, 1964
feat. Howlin’ Wolf, Sunnyland Slim, Willie Dixon, Hubert Sumlin, Clifton James . . .



The rhythm section consisted of Sunnyland Slim, Willie Dixon and Clifton James. . . .



The influence of various alcoholic beverages can be noticed on the pictures, as well as on the recordings. {I wonder whether the man at the left edge is Clifton James.} . . .





http://mog.com/music/Howlin%2527_Wolf

 

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  posted on 2/27/2007 at 05:48 PM
I was just saying what my favorite Howlin' Wolf lineup was

 

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  posted on 2/27/2007 at 06:16 PM
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Peter, this clip is from the American Folk Blues Festival in 1964, and was recorded in a small TV studio in Germany.
Yes, I'm getting the discography out. . . . Okay, check this out, Bob:
Musikhalle, Berlin, October 9, 1964
"Dust My Broom"
Wolf, Sunnyland Slim, Hubert, Dixon, and Clifton James.
Could've been the same week--probably the same tour.
The poster of the cool stuff in my previous post mentioned a German website, which I might have found. It provides tons of info on the itineraries of the fest tours, which took place in most years from 1962 to '85 (but not most of the '70s), and recordings (main URL given at end of post).

Re this particular October 9, 1964, date, note this difference from what my printed discography gave:
"09.10. Hamburg, Musikhalle, rec. Fontana 885411"

Also, it looks like Dixon and Clifton James might have been the rhythm section for all the performers:
"American Folk Blues Festival 1964 (Fontana 885 411 MY = Fontana 885411 TY = L+R 42.024 = LR CD-2024) . . ."
Then nine different acts and their songs are listed, followed by this:
"rec. October 9th, 1964 at the Musikhalle, Hamburg; with Willie Dixon, b Clifton James, dr"

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Go to URL at bottom of this post to click on and enlarge covers. There you will see this:



Hubert and Sunnyland Slim--not just Dixon and James--were a part of this rhythm section for most of the acts, too.
Definitely Hamburg, not Berlin.


As for November dates in Europe, it seems that most of the tour perfomers returned to the States by the end of October:
"19.10. Great Britain, wo ?
until
25.10.
26.10. return flight ?, from London ?"

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Wolf's outfit, minus Wolf himself--that is, the tour "house" band--hung around longer, though:
"Willie Dixon, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, Clifton James
01.11. Ostberlin, Amiga studios, rec. Amiga 850043
????? Potsdam
????? Dresden . . ."

Different incarnations of the Amiga Studios recordings are eventually listed, all with Hubert as session leader, followed by this:
"rec. Nov. 1, 1964 at the Amiga-Studios in East-Berlin, Germany; Hubert Sumlin with Sunnyland Slim, Willie Dixon, Clifton James"

I don't know how this allows for Wolf to be leading the band in Switzerland on November 20, but whatever.

Readin' sie Deutsch?
http://www2.hu-berlin.de/fpm/popscrip/themen/pst08/Rauhut.htm
Main source of info in this post:
http://www.wirz.de/music/afbffrm.htm

 

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  posted on 2/27/2007 at 07:08 PM
Great info Peter! Thanks!

 

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  posted on 2/27/2007 at 08:29 PM
Great thread. Thanks.

 

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  posted on 2/28/2007 at 08:53 AM
Those interested in all things Howlin' Wolf might want to check out Kenny Wayne Shepherd's new documentary "10 Days Out." Shepherd jams with lots of blues legends in this project, including a bunch of former members of Howlin' Wolf's band, like Hubert Sumlin.

Hubert is a character! He tells a cool story about how the man he calls "The Wolf" set him on the right path in terms of his playing. His impression of Howlin' Wolf's deep, gravelly voice is priceless!

 
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  posted on 2/28/2007 at 10:44 AM
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Those interested in all things Howlin' Wolf might want to check out Kenny Wayne Shepherd's new documentary "10 Days Out." Shepherd jams with lots of blues legends in this project, including a bunch of former members of Howlin' Wolf's band, like Hubert Sumlin.

Hubert is a character! He tells a cool story about how the man he calls "The Wolf" set him on the right path in terms of his playing. His impression of Howlin' Wolf's deep, gravelly voice is priceless!

The Jerry McCain segment was filmed at 2nd Street Music Hall here. Somebody on this site posted a story about the project from Downbeat on the day the crew was here--I printed it, wouldn't let the producer and staff read it until they let me in.

Eddie Shaw, who plays here often, has some good Wolf stories.

 
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  posted on 2/28/2007 at 07:22 PM
Drummer Clifton James
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"The influence of various alcoholic beverages can be noticed on the pictures, as well as on the recordings." {I wonder whether the man at the left edge is Clifton James.} . . .
http://mog.com/music/Howlin%2527_Wolf
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Left: Clifton at the El Mocambo, 1973.10.06.
Right: Actor Clifton James as Sheriff Pepper in
Live and Let Die (1973)

He just passed away 12 months ago (beginning of online obit):

Clifton James, drummer: born Chicago 2 October 1936; married (one son, five daughters); died Chicago 16 February 2006.

One of the stars of early rock'n'roll, Bo Diddley recorded several of the genre's defining songs and influenced everyone from Buddy Holly to the White Stripes via the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. The drummer Clifton James provided the primal beat and criss-cross rhythms on nearly all of the singles and album tracks Diddley recorded for the Chess label between 1955 and 1970.

Not content with backing Diddley on sides such as "I'm a Man", "Diddley Daddy", "Road Runner", "Who Do You Love", "Cops & Robbers" and "Mona", and, alternating with Frank Kirkland, on tour, James was a mainstay with Chess Records. In that capacity, he toured and recorded with Willie Dixon, the Flamingos, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf.

{Much more to obit:
http://www.ejazznews.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid= 5873&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

 

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  posted on 2/28/2007 at 07:27 PM
Enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0N5Sf6gDW3Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwZLwvIqlMY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xftnN0cFmM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcHj11WMqLM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0SE9bxALAY

 

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  posted on 3/1/2007 at 02:23 PM
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I was just saying what my favorite Howlin' Wolf lineup was
Yeah, I know, Carl. I got the research bug on all this, but I'm not trying to bust you. I was just saying it wasn't a typical Wolf lineup:
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Otis and Fred: two sessions, incl. a big one
1960.06 or 07 "Wang Dang Doodle," "Back Door Man," "Spoonful"
But they did bat 1.000 on that session!

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"Anna Fulton {the photographer's wife} with Fred Below at the Ann Arbor Blues Festival"

Some more cool blues photos:
http://www.bobcorritore.com/photos30.html
Ever hear of Middle Walter? Me neither!
http://www.bobcorritore.com/photos32.html

Meanwhile, Bob's given us a lot more to digest!

 

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  posted on 3/1/2007 at 04:52 PM
I enjoyed the hell out of this........THANKS

 

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  posted on 3/7/2007 at 11:52 AM
Wolf at Sylvio's, plus more about the West Side

Conversation picked up from other thread:
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Now Peter, no need to be snide
Oh, I don't know that I was being snide, Rob--just smiley-free.
Okay, a little of this, too:

Okay, snide.
quote:
If you wanted to be helpful to the people, you could tell them that Hubert was actually the right-hand man of Howlin' Wolf, not Muddy Waters.
I was hoping the people would wonder, "Hmmm . . . If not Muddy, then whom?" and look it up.
If they did a site search for "Hubert Sumlin," for example, they would get this action-packed thread :
http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&file=v iewthread&tid=56948#pid
{That's this thread, which I'm copying from this other one I just posted all this to:
http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&file=v iewthread&tid=57410&page=2&orderdate=
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He co-wrote songs like "Smokestack Lightning" and "Little Red Rooster" when he was in that band. In the new Kenny Wayne Shepherd documentary "10 Days Out" Hubert tells some great stories about "The Wolf."

In other words, go back to SkyPuppy's post and replace every mention of "Muddy Waters" with "Howlin' Wolf" and you're on the right track!
Rob, I'd say there's something solid behind your nonunderappreciation of Hubert.



Hubert, Little Johnny Jones, Wolf, and probably Jack Myers or Andrew Palmer, bass, in the '60s at Sylvio's, a notable club on Chicago's West Side (see other Sylvio's pic below, too, showing Clifton James on drums and Wolf rockin' out)
If pic doesn't show up in thread:
http://www.bluesworld.com/images/RFWolfTwo.JPEG



In the '60s Sylvio's was at Lake & Kedzie, just east of the NE corner of Garfield Park.
The original Sylvio's was also on Lake but 1-1/2 miles east, at Oakley. This would be just a few blocks NW of the current United Center.

Besides Wolf--by the time he came to Chicago, almost always with Hubert --other names directly associated with Sylvio's include Elmore James, Magic Sam, Freddie King, Robert Lockwood, Jr., probably Otis Rush.

(Mis)speaking of Muddy Waters , he's mostly associated with Chicago's South Side, but "1947 marked the year that Big Bill Broonzy first introduced Muddy at Sylvio's, a club at West Lake, and Waters cut his first sides for Aristocrat (Chess Records' original name), 'I Can't Be Satisfied' and 'I Feel Like Going Home.' " He continued playing Sylvio's and other West Side clubs for a long time.
http://www.honors.umd.edu/HONR269J/projects/stewart/waters.htm

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"Muddy Waters, already a huge star in Chicago and the jewel of the label, was instructed by Leonard Chess to introduce Wolf to the city's blues scene. 'Muddy gave him the job at the Zanzibar,' Sumlin says, 'and Muddy moved on to Sylvio's. We had two weeks before we had to start there, so Wolf got me the job with [harmonica virtuoso] Little Walter.' " I didn't know this before. Too cool : Hubert accompanying Little Walter.
http://www.gibson.com/backstage/200702/hubertsumlin.html#content

Magic Sam on the development of West Side blues

This was back in '56. We started this in the last part of '56. Now in about the spring part '57, I really wanted to record. Then I went out and made a dub. People had been telling me to record—'Why don’t you go record?’ But I had to make up my own mind. To see was I ready. Check myself.

"And then when I felt like I was man enough and ready enough to record, that’s when I did it. The first were was with Eli Toscana—that’s on that Cobra label. Yeah! Out on the West Side. After the company was over there on the West Side and I played some on the West Side, I moved to the West Side.

"No more South Side. I put 'em down. At that particular time they were both good, but the West Side wasn’t popular like the South Side at that time, because there wasn’t so many clubs and there wasn’t many musicians over there, only at Silvio’s. That was his first place at Lake and Oakley. At that time he would have Elmore James, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf, and all those big-name bands, the biggest blues in the world, whenever they would be in town. That’s what was goin’ on for the West Side.

"Okay, then some more clubs came up—so I moved over there and started workin’ at those and took over. Then Otis Rush came over. Yeah! Boy, we had it. Both of us workin’ on the same street. But I was on one end, and he was on the other. He was far west, in the 4000 block west, and I was like back east in the 1400 block west. Oh boy, we had a ball. People could just ride up the road, go here a while, go there a while. Wow!"
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