McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, was one of the most influential artists of all time. His innovation in jazz and rhythm and blues music continues to leave its mark today. In this performance, Muddy Waters is covering a song called “The Howling Wolf”. This song was originally written and performed by Sam “Lightin'” Hopkins. Hopkins and Muddy Waters were both known for their influential styles. This performance took place in Dortmund, Germany 1976 at the Festivalkonzert. The entire concert was filmed and is still available for viewing today.
This cover opens with Muddy Waters playing a jazzy, down beat. His gravelly, voice perfectly captures the emotional lyrics of the song. A classic harmonica accompanies the guitar and vocals from the beginning of the song. The band continues to riff on the song until 3:54 where the music breaks for a guitar and then a harmonica solo. Be sure to watch until 6:44 when Muddy Waters acts out his inside howling wolf.