Chester “Howlin Wolf” Burnett


Chester “Howlin Wolf” Burnett Famous memorial

Whites, Clay County, Mississippi, USA
Death 10 Jan 1976 (aged 65)
Hines, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section 18, right by the road
Memorial ID 1227 View Source

Blues Musician. Born Chester Arthur Burnett, he was schooled in Mississippi by Delta blues great, Charlie Patton and by 1949 fronted his own band which started performing on KWEM in West Memphis, Arkansas alternating between musical performances and pitching farm equipment. At this time he was recorded by Sam Phillips for Sun Records then moved to Chess in 1951. A prominent harmonica player, proficient guitarist and master showman, Wolf penned such blues classics as Sitting On Top Of The World Smokestack Lighting, Tell Me, Killing Floor and Tell Me What I've Done, plus recorded numerous Willie Dixion compositions. The final contribution to his legacy was the 1970 "Howlin' Wolf" London Sessions, recorded with British blues admirers Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, and Ringo "Richie" Starr along with longtime guitarist and friend, Hubert Sumlin. By the mid 70s health problems had taken their toll and his last performance was in November 1975 at the Chicago Amphitheater with B.B. King, Bobby "Blue" Bland and Little Milton. He entered the Veterans Administration Hospital at Hines, Illinois in mid December and died a month later at age 65 of complications from kidney disease. Howlin' Wolf was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 1227
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Chester “Howlin Wolf” Burnett (10 Jun 1910–10 Jan 1976), Find a Grave Memorial ID 1227, citing Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .