Jon Landau & Robert Cray
Hall of Fame Essay
Howlin’ Wolf was larger life in every respect.
As an entertainer, as an individual, and as a bluesman, he was outsized, unpredictable, and always his own man. He was a great blues singer who possessed that quality of egocentric self-absorption that is the mark of the true showman.
To many people this may seem contradictory, but Wolf proved that to its natural audience blues is not all pain and suffering, but is instead a kind of release.
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