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Released: January 11, 1962

Rating: 4.611 (average of 9 ratings)

Genre: blues

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Album Tracks:

  1. Shake for Me
  2. The Red Rooster
  3. You’ll Be Mine
  4. Who’s Been Talking?
  5. Wang Dang Doodle
  6. Little Baby
  7. Spoonful
  8. Goin’ Down Slow
  9. Down in the Bottom
  10. Back Door Man
  11. Howlin’ for My Baby
  12. Tell Me


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Singles/Hit Songs:

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Notes: Reissues of this album have paired it with 1959’s Moanin’ in the Moonlight.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Blues Hall of Fame album inductee

Howlin’ Wolf (aka “Rockin’ Chair Album”)
Howlin’ Wolf
“Howlin’ Wolf’s second album brings together some of the blues great’s best singles from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. Also available as a fine two-fer with his debut, Moanin’ in the Moonlight, the so-called Rockin' Chair Album represents the cream of Wolf’s Chicago blues work. Those tracks afforded classic status are many, including Spoonful, The Red Rooster, Wang Dang Doodle, Back Door Man, Shake for Me, and Who’s Been Talking? Also featuring the fine work of Chess house producer and bassist Willie Dixon and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, Rockin’ Chair qualifies as one of pinnacles of early electric blues, and is an essential album for any quality blues collection” (Cook).

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Last updated November 13, 2008.