Monday, July 03, 2006

Howlin' Wolf - "Shake For Me"

Happy 4th of July to everyone! Today's record is "Shake For Me", a great, rockin' blues number by Howlin' Wolf. Legendary songwriter Willie Dixon wrote it. It was released both as a single and on Wolf's famous "Rockin' Chair" album in early 1962. As you can tell from the scan, my copy is a little, er, beat up. But it still plays just fine.

The record opens with up-tempo guitar and percussion. Howlin' Wolf's voice comes in and is at a near shout. You might guess the subject matter from the song's title. The lyrics include the line "Shake like jello on a plate". There's also a great guitar break. Voila!, It's Great Shakes nirvana.

July 6th update: Those who happened by the blog within the past few days might have seen the video clip of Howlin' Wolf performing "Shake For Me". I've taken it down, since I don't wish to step on anyone's copyright. If you'd like to see the video, it's probably still available over at In addition, Jim Colegrove left the following comment:

"This Wolf video is available on DVD: American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 - Vol. 2."

Thanks Jim, if the rest of the DVD is as good as the Wolf clip, then its gotta be a winner.


Jim Colegrove said...

This Wolf video is available on DVD: "American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 - Vol. 2."

sandy schoenfeld said...

My iconic rare portraits, concert shots and family pics of the legendary Howlin' Wolf may be seen on my website: I was Wolf's friend and harmonica student, as well as chosen photographer.

I've recently located additional interviews and unique acoustic songs by him (and me) playing and singing together! that have never yet been published on CD or record, but are about to be.

You can learn more about "what made the Wolf happen" and how amazing and wonderful he was in person (and as a person) from the story on my site, as well as from his Pantheon biography "Moanin' At Midnight" and the Blue Seas film/DVD "The Howlin' Wolf Story."

My interview of him (about why he ran away from home at age 13 - in his own words - is featured in chapter one of the book while 16 of my pics are featured on the DVD)


Howlin' Sandy
Sandy Guy Schoenfeld

PS th biography site is