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Clap For The Wolfman
The story of Wolfman Jack, the most popular DJ in history
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A publicity photo of the Wolfman in his prime
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"Did anyone here listen to Wolfman Jack on radio in the 50s or 60s?"
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    Robert Weston Smith - a man better known to many of us as Wolfman Jack - remains the most popular DJ in history. Sure, Alan Freed gave rock and roll a name, and Murray The K got to be the Fifth Beatle, but could either one boast of not one but FOUR songs named after them? One of which featured the Wolfman himself, and was a bonafide Top Ten smash? No, Wolfman was the biggest: the man didn't just play records, he wound up ON them.

    For a DJ, he also had an impressive TV and film career - which is to say, he had one. Nevertheless, the Wolfman was a mystery for many years, howling his unbelievably raspy intros to rock classics from two separate Mexican radio stations heard all over the U.S. The Wolfman, who had apprenticed in Virginia and Louisiana under different names, combined Freed's love for the music (indeed, Jack was a huge Freed fan) and Murray's manic sensibilites into a personality as iconoclastic and instantly recognizable as any rock star. When George Lucas revisited the culture of the Fifties in 1973's American Graffiti, he cast the Wolfman as himself, finally revealing his prodigious talents to the world. From that day on, Smith was a bonafide star, hosting NBC's Midnight Special and starring in bizarre b-movie classics like Motel Hell. Although he left us in 1995, time will no doubt be kind to the Wolfman and his legacy; especially so given the state of modern corporate radio, where the lone wolves have all been, sadly, driven to extinction.

Here's a collection of links to the best websites about Wolfman Jack, his life, and career. If you have or know of a site like this that isn't listed here, e-mail me!

An online museum dedicated to the Wolfman and his legendary howl, featuring news, articles, and sound files of the man in action! Much more to come!

Radio Hall of Fame: Wolfman Jack
A solid bio of Smith from the official Hall site.

The Stinky Artists' Collective
A much more detailed bio that sheds light on Smith's motivations for turning into the Wolfman.

ReelRadio Golden Gift
Listen to a full hour of Wolfman howling at a Spokane, WA station in 1975! Presented in streaming RealAudio, with a little backstory thrown in.

Da Patchy: Wolfman Jack
Some pics and a few sound clips of the Wolfman doing his thing.

440: Satisfaction
A complete list of the Wolfman's radio station stints, with dates and aliases.

The Todd Rundgren Connection: "Wolfman Jack"
The lyrics to Rundgren's Wolfman tribute.

Searock Music Wavs
Scroll down and you can hear sound files of Rundgren's tribute song!

Lyrics XP.com: "Clap For The Wolfman"
The lyrics to the hit Guess Who song which featured the Wolfman himself!

Goodbye Wolfman
A fitting tribute from RadioEarth.

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