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Watch the Smokin' Stack online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Blues Guitar Fakebook: Rhythm Vol. 2


Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), known as Howlin' Wolf, was a Chicago blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, originally from Mississippi. And this tune, "Smoke Stack Lightning", is one of his trademarks and a must know blues classic. It's one of my favorite blues tunes that remains a classic, that was unfortunately used in a Viagra commercial. All I can say is that I hope his family got a lot of money for that, because many of these blues musicians did not during their careers.

One of the most notable things about Howlin' Wolf was his vocals, which are unmistakable. Many of Wolf's tunes are written by Willie Dixon, who is the mastermind behind many of the blues classics. Howling Wolf's legacy cannot be undersold - he is truly one of the greatest American blues musicians.