Wolfman Jack

Wolfman Jack

Original Name Robert Weston Smith
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Death 1 Jul 1995 (aged 57)
Belvidere, Perquimans County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Belvidere, Perquimans County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 11176976 · View Source
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Disc Jockey, Actor, Entertainer. Born Robert Weston Smith in Brooklyn, New York. He was first on the airwaves as "Daddy Jules" on Newport News, Virginia station WYOU-AM. He made his mark as a disc jockey from 1958 to 1966, on radio station XERF (1570 AM) in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the river from Del Rio, Texas. The Wolfman's name came from a trend of the 1950's when disc jockeys took nicknames such as Moondog or Hound dog. He enjoyed horror movies, so he took the name Wolfman. His trademark was his Wolfman howl and gravelly voice. He married Lucy Lamb on July 1, 1960 and they were married until his death. They had 2 children together. In 1970 he began an association with Armed Forces Radio that would last until 1986. He had a hit on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1972 titled "I Ain't Never Seen." He was in numerous TV shows and movies. He was in the movie "American Graffiti" in 1973 as a Disc Jockey. He also appeared in part II of "American Graffiti" titled "More American Graffiti." He appeared on the TV series "What's Happening" in 1976 and was also the host of his own show titled "The Wolfman Jack Show" that same year. In 1978 Wolfman appeared in the movie "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." He also played host on a weekly TV show called The Midnight Special for eight years, leaving in 1982. He appeared as himself in the TV series "Wolf Rock TV" in 1984. Wolfman appeared in the movie "Mortuary Academy" in 1988. He was in the made for TV movie "Deadman's Curve" and he did several episodes of the TV series "Emergency." The last movie he appeared in was titled "Midnight" in 1989. He wrote his autobiography titled, "Have Mercy!: Confessions of the Original Rock 'N' Roll Animal" in 1995. He made his final syndicated radio broadcast from a Planet Hollywood restaurant in Washington D.C. on Friday Night June 30, 1995. He died in Belvedere, North Carolina from a heart attack. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1996.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wolfman Jack (21 Jan 1938–1 Jul 1995), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11176976, citing Smith Family Estate Cemetery, Belvidere, Perquimans County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .