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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - “Back Door Man”

On "Back Door Man", Howlin' Wolf offers the alluring promise of illicit midnight pleasure.

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Howlin’ Wolf: Rocking Chair Blues - “Down in the Bottom”

Sexual poaching and its consequences become a life and death drama in Howlin’ Wolf’s “Down in the Bottom”.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - Goin’ Down Slow

"Goin' Down Slow" is a dramatic tour de force in three minutes and 18 seconds, standing as the most emotionally-shattering performance on Rocking Chair.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf – “Spoonful”

“Spoonful” is one of the best-known and most recorded songs in the history of the blues, and there's something mysterious about it. What exactly is in that spoonful?

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf – “Little Baby”

“Little Baby”, penned by Willie Dixon, is a well-crafted, catchy pop tune with clever lyrics, and Howlin’ Wolf sounds like he’s having a great time with it. You’d never guess that his partnership with its writer was so fraught with anger and resentment.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf – “Wang Dang Doodle”

“Wang Dang Doodle”, one of the hardest-rocking tracks on Rocking Chair, celebrates extreme, even violent pleasure. Howlin' Wolf sings it with gusto, but he actually hated the song.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - “You’ll be Mine”

"You'll Be Mine", another Willie Dixon-penned track on Rocking Chair, is two minutes and 25 seconds of joy--with an edge.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - “Shake for Me”

In this new Between the Grooves series, George de Stefano digs beneath the nondescript cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Rocking Chair" album -- an urtext for many rock and R&B artists who have been inspired by it or covered its songs -- to examine some of the greatest blues ever recorded.

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The Howling or, 100 Years of the Big Bad Wolf

Howlin' Wolf remains an artist who cannot be imitated and whose unmistakable growl can probably never be adequately explained or understood.

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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