Chester Arthur Burnett

Howlin’ Wolf” Chester Arthur Burnett ranks near the top in the category of great blues performers. He was born in 1910,in a rural community, White Station, in Northern Mississippi, near the current town of West Point, and he grew up on a farm.

His parents were separated. He went to Memphis as a very young man and earned his title “Howlin Wolf” from his gruff delivery that included his version of the great Jimmie Rogers’ blue yodel.  He served in the army in WW II. He recorded his greatest hits in the 1950s and died in 1976. Burnett was an extremely influential performer and his admirers include Eric Clapton and Led Zepplin.

He recorded 67 albums, is featured on a commemorative postage stamp, was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1986, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.