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Moanin’ in the Moonlight – Wikipedia

This is the Wiki for Howlin Wolf’s first record. Otis Spann played piano on some of it but Hosea Lee Kennard played on alot of this early stuff too. Ike Turner played piano on one track, “How many more years”. Bet you didn’t know that! Neither did I till I read this wiki. I’ve been listening to this record since I was about 14. A friend brought it over. He had the 1969 reissue, “Evil”. For years I thought”Evil” was the original and “Moanin’ in the Moonlight” was a reissue. That is Otis Spann playing piano on the song “Evil”. “Evil” is a better name for this LP… and the song that made the biggest impression on me then and now. I think the LP cover art for “Evil” is cooler too. Listen to “Evil”

Moanin’ in the Moonlight
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Compilation album by Howlin’ Wolf
RecordedMay 14 or August 1951 at Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee – March 1959 in Chicago, Illinois[1][2]
GenreChicago blues, electric blues
ProducerLeonard Chess, Phil Chess, Willie Dixon, Sam Phillips
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Moanin’ in the Moonlight was the debut album by American blues singer Howlin’ Wolf. The album was a compilation of previously issued singles by Chess Records. It was originally released by Chess Records as a mono-format LP record in 1959 (see 1959 in music). The album has been reissued several times, including a vinyl reissue in 1969 titled Evil.

Recording and production[edit]

The two earliest songs on Moanin’ in the Moonlight were “Moanin’ at Midnight” and “How Many More Years“. These two songs were recorded at Sam PhillipsMemphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee on May 14, 1951 or August 1951. These two songs were sold to the Chess brothers, Leonard and Phil, who released them as a single on August 15, 1951. The rest of the songs on the album were recorded in Chicago, Illinois and were produced by either the Chess brothers and/or Willie Dixon.[1][2]

Artwork, packaging, and promotion[edit]

The original version of Moanin’ in the Moonlight featured cover artwork by Don S. Bronstein and sleeve notes by Billboard editor Paul Ackerman.[4] The label pressings from the original series have different colors on it because several pressing plants were used.[5]

The album was featured on an advertisement in Billboard magazine on August 10, 1959, which misprinted the album’s title as Howlin’ at Midnite.[6]


In 1987 Moanin’ in the Moonlight was given a W.C. Handy Award under the category of “Vintage/Reissue Album (US)”.[7]Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album as #153 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[8]Robert Palmer has cited “How Many More Years” (recorded May 1951) as the first record to feature a distorted power chord, played by Willie Johnson on the electric guitar.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chester Burnett, except when noted.

Side one
  1. “Moanin’ at Midnight” – 2:58
  2. “How Many More Years” – 2:42
  3. Smokestack Lightnin’” – 3:07
  4. “Baby How Long” – 2:56
  5. “No Place to Go” – 2:59
  6. “All Night Boogie” – 2:12
Side two
  1. Evil” – 2:55 (Willie Dixon)
  2. “I’m Leavin’ You” – 3:01
  3. “Moanin’ for My Baby” – 2:47
  4. “I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)” – 2:53
  5. Forty-Four” – 2:51 (Roosevelt Sykes, credited to Burnett)
  6. “Somebody in My Home” – 2:27


The following people contributed to Moanin’ in the Moonlight:[1][2]

Release history[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Howlin’ Wolf / Moanin’ in the Moonlight (CD liner). Howlin’ Wolf. United States: MCA Records. 1986. CHD-5908. 
  2. ^ a b c Humphrey, Mark (2007). The Definitive Collection (CD liner). Howlin’ Wolf. United States: Geffen Records/Chess Records. B0008784-02/CHD-9375 BK02. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Ackerman, Paul. Moanin’ in the Moonlight (Vinyl sleeve). Howlin’ Wolf. United States: Chess Records. back cover. LP-1434. 
  5. ^ David Edwards; Mike Callahan; Randy Watts. “Chess Album Discography, Part 1 (1956–1965)”. Both Sides Now Publications. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ “Chess Producing Corporation Advertisement”. Billboard. 71 (32): 30. August 10, 1959. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ Past Blues Music Awards. Blues Foundation. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  8. ^ Moanin’ in the Moonlight by Howlin’ Wolf”. Rolling Stone. Jann S. Wenner. Retrieved February 2, 2011. 
  9. ^ Robert Palmer, “Church of the Sonic Guitar”, pp. 13-38 in Anthony DeCurtis, Present Tense, Duke University Press, 1992, pp. 24-27. ISBN 0-8223-1265-4.


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