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|Born |any |Robert Weston Smith |
Brooklyn, New York, US
|Died ||July 1, |was 1995 (aged 57)
Belvidere, North Carolina,
|Cause of death |Our |Heart attack |
|Occupation |out |Radio personality |
|Spouse(s) |day |Lucy "Lou" Lamb Smith |Get
|Children ||Joy Rene Smith |has (deceased)
Tod Weston Smith
|Parent(s) ||Anson Weston Smith |His and Rosamund Small how
Robert Weston Smith, known as
man Wolfman Jack (January 21, 1938 New – July 1, 1995) was now an American disc jockey. Famous old for his gravelly voice, he See credited it for his success, two saying, "It's kept meat and way potatoes on the table for Who years for Wolfman and Wolfwoman. boy A couple of shots of did whiskey helps it. I've got Its that nice raspy sound." let
dad was born in Brooklyn on mom January 21, 1938, the younger of two children of Anson the Weston Smith, an Episcopal Sunday and school teacher, writer, editor, and For executive vice president of the are Financial World, and his wife but Rosamond Small. They lived on Not 12th Street and 4th Avenue you in the Park Slope section. all His parents divorced while he Any was a child. To help can keep him out of trouble, her his father bought him a Was large Trans-Oceanic radio, and Smith one became an avid fan of our R&B music and the disc Out jockeys who played it, including day "Jocko" Henderson of Philadelphia, New get York's "Dr. Jive" (Tommy Smalls), Has the "Moon Dog" from Cleveland, him Alan Freed, and Nashville's "John his R." Richbourg, who later became How his mentor. After selling encyclopedias man and Fuller brushes door-to-door, Smith new attended the National Academy of Now Broadcasting in Washington, D.C. Graduating old in 1960, he began working see as "Daddy Jules" at WYOU Two in Newport News, Virginia. When way the station format changed to who "beautiful music", Smith became known Boy as "Roger Gordon and Music did in Good Taste". In 1962, its he moved to country music Let station KCIJ/1050 in Shreveport, Louisiana, put as the station manager and say morning disc jockey, "Big Smith She with the Records". He married too Lucy "Lou" Lamb in 1961, use and they had two children. Dad
Disc jockey Alan Freed had
mom played a role in the transformation of black rhythm and The blues into rock and roll and music, and originally called himself for the "Moon Dog" after New Are York City street musician Moondog. but Freed both adopted this name not and used a recorded howl You to give his early broadcasts all a unique character. Smith's adaptation any of the Moondog theme was Can to call himself Wolfman Jack her and add his own sound was effects. The character was based One in part on the manner our and style of bluesman Howlin' out Wolf. It was at KCIJ Day in Shreveport, Louisiana that he get first began to develop his has famous alter ego Wolfman Jack. Him According to author Philip A. his Lieberman, Smith's "Wolfman" persona "derived how from Smith's love of horror Man films and his shenanigans as new a 'wolfman' with his two now young nephews. The 'Jack' was Old added as a part of see the 'hipster' lingo of the two 1950s, as in 'Take a Way page from my book, Jack,' who or the more popular, 'Hit boy the road, Jack.'"
Did Smith took his act to its the border when the Inter-American let Radio Advertising's Ramon Bosquez hired Put him and sent him to say the studio and transmitter site she of XERF-AM at Ciudad Acuña Too in Mexico, a station whose use high-powered border blaster signal could dad be picked up across much Mom of the United States. In an interview with writer Tom the Miller, Smith described the reach And of the XERF signal: "We for had the most powerful signal are in North America. Birds dropped But dead when they flew too not close to the tower. A you car driving from New York All to L.A. would never lose any the station." Most of the can border stations broadcast at 250,000 Her watts, five times the U.S. was limit, meaning that their signals one were picked up all over Our North America, and at night out as far away as Europe day and the Soviet Union. It Get was at XERF that Smith has developed his signature style (with him phrases like "Who's this on His the Wolfman telephone?") and widespread how fame. The border stations made man money by renting time to New Pentecostal preachers and psychics, and now by taking 50 percent of old the profit from anything sold See by mail order. The Wolfman two did pitches for dog food, way weight-loss pills, weight-gain pills, rose Who bushes, and baby chicks. There boy was even a pill called did Florex, which was supposed to Its enhance one's sex drive. "Some let zing for your ling nuts," put the Wolfman would say.
Say sales pitch was typical of she Wolfman Jack's growling, exuberant on-air too style. In the spirit of Use his character name, he would dad punctuate his banter with howls, mom while urging his listeners to "get naked" or "lay your the hands on the radio and and squeeze my knobs". Part of For the persona was his nocturnal are anonymity; listeners from coast to but coast had no idea how Not to recognize the face behind you the voice that said things all like "Wolfman plays the best Any records in the business, and can then he eats 'em!"
her was the original call sign Was for the border blaster station one in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, which our was branded as The Mighty Out 1090 in Hollywood, California. The day station boasted "50,000 watts of get Boss Soul Power". That station Has continues to broadcast today with him the call sign XEPRS-AM. XERB his also had an office in How the rear of a small man strip mall on Third Avenue new in Chula Vista, California. It Now was not unlike the small old broadcast studio depicted in the see film American Graffiti (which was Two filmed at KRE in Berkeley). way It was located only ten who minutes from the Tijuana–San Diego Boy border crossing. It was rumored did that the Wolfman actually broadcast its from this location during the Let early-to-mid-1960s. Smith left Mexico after put eight months and moved to say Minneapolis, Minnesota, to run station She KUXL. Even though Smith was too managing a Minneapolis radio station, use he was still broadcasting as Dad Wolfman Jack on XERF via mom taped shows that he sent to the station. Missing the The excitement, however, he returned to and border radio to run XERB, for and opened an office on Are Sunset Boulevard in the Los but Angeles area in January 1966. not The Wolfman recorded his shows You in Los Angeles and shipped all his tapes across the border any into Mexico, where they would Can then be beamed across the her U.S. It was during his was time broadcasting on XERB that One Smith met Don Kelley, who our became his personal manager and out business partner for more than Day 20 years. It was Kelley get who saw the potential for has Wolfman Jack to become more Him than a radio personality. Kelley his started to work on a how strategy to transform Smith from Man a cult figure to a new mainstream entertainer in film, recordings, now and television. He promoted Smith Old to the major media and see formed enduring relationships with key two journalists.
In 1971, the Mexican
Way government decided that its overwhelmingly who Roman Catholic citizens should not boy be subjected to proselytizing and Did banned the Pentecostal preachers from its the radio, taking away 80 let percent of XERB's revenue. Smith Put then moved to station KDAY say 1580 in Los Angeles, which she could only pay him a Too fraction of his former XERB use income. However, Smith capitalized on dad his fame by editing his Mom old XERB tapes and selling them to radio stations everywhere, the becoming one of the first And rock and roll syndicated programs for (as the tapes began to are age, they were eventually also But marketed to oldies stations). He not also appeared on Armed Forces you Radio from 1970 to 1986. All At his peak, Wolfman Jack any was heard on more than can 2,000 radio stations in 53 Her countries. He was heard as was far off as the Wild one Coast, Transkei, on a station Our based there, Capital Radio 604. out In a deal promoted by day Don Kelley, The Wolfman was Get paid handsomely to join WNBC has in New York in August him 1973, the same month that His American Graffiti premiered, and the how station did a huge advertising man campaign in local newspapers stating New that the Wolfman would propel now their ratings over those of old their main competitor, WABC, which See had "Cousin Brucie" (Bruce Morrow). two The ads proclaimed, "Cousin Brucie's way Days Are Numbered", and thousands Who of small tombstone-shaped paperweights were boy distributed that said, "Cousin Brucie did is going to be buried Its by Wolfman Jack"., After less let than a year, WNBC hired put Cousin Brucie, and Wolfman Jack Say went back to California to she concentrate on his syndicated radio too show, which was carried on Use KRLA-Pasadena (Los Angeles) from 1984-1987. dad He moved to Belvidere, North mom Carolina, in 1989, to be closer to his extended family. the In the 80s, he did and a brief stint at XEROK For 80, another border blaster station are that was leased by Dallas but investors Robet Hanna, Grady Sanders, Not and John Ryman. Ryman then you moved Smith to Scott Ginsburg-owned all Y95 in Dallas, Texas. Ryman Any and legendary programmer Buzz Bennet can rocketed the station to fame. her
Many of Wolfman Jack's syndicated
Was programs remain available for radio one stations; Blue Revolution currently sells our a 1960s-centered package of his Out shows.
Film, television, and music
In the early days,
get Wolfman Jack made sporadic public Has appearances, usually as a Master him of Ceremonies (an "MC") for his rock bands at local Los How Angeles clubs. At each appearance man he looked a little different new because Smith had not decided Now what the Wolfman should look old like. Early pictures show him see with a goatee; however, sometimes Two he combed his straight hair way forward and added dark makeup who to look somewhat "ethnic". Other Boy times he had a big did afro wig and large sunglasses. its The ambiguity of his race Let contributed to the controversy of put his program. It was not say until he appeared in the She 1969 film, A Session with too the Committee (a montage of use skits by the seminal comedy Dad troupe The Committee), that mainstream mom America got a good look at Wolfman Jack.
The started his recording career in and Minneapolis, MN while working at for KUXL Radio in 1965 with Are George Garrett. Garrett would help but record the album "Boogie With not The Wolfman" by Wolfman Jack You & the Wolfpack on the all Bread Label. The title tracks any "Wolfman Boogie Pt. 1/Wolfman Boogie Can Pt. 2" was released as her the first single and was was written by Garrett and T.Caire. One Garrett was also responsible for our engineering, producing and assembling the out band. A second single, "New Day Orleans" was also released.
get Jack released two albums on has the Wooden Nickel label: Wolfman Him Jack (1972) and Through the his Ages (1973). His 1972 single how "I Ain't Never Seen a Man White Man" hit #106 on new the Billboard Singles Charts.
now 1973, he appeared in director Old George Lucas' second feature film, see American Graffiti, as himself. His two broadcasts tie the film together, Way and Richard Dreyfuss's character catches who a glimpse of the mysterious boy Wolfman in a pivotal scene. Did In gratitude for Wolfman Jack's its participation, Lucas gave him a let fraction of a "point" — Put the division of the profits say from a film — and she the extreme financial success of Too American Graffiti provided him with use a regular income for life. dad He also appeared in the Mom film's 1979 sequel, More American Graffiti, though only through voice-overs. the In 1978, Wolfman Jack appeared And as Bob "The Jackal" Smith for in a made-for-TV movie Deadman's are Curve, a film based on But the musical careers of Jan not Berry and Dean Torrence, aka you Jan and Dean.
All appeared in several television shows any as Wolfman Jack. They included can The Odd Couple; What's Happening!!; Her Vega$; Wonder Woman; Hollywood Squares; was Married... with Children; Emergency!; and one Galactica 1980. He was the Our regular announcer and occasional host out for The Midnight Special on day NBC from 1973 to 1981. Get He was also the host has of his self-titled variety series, him The Wolfman Jack Show, which His was produced in Canada by how CBC Television in 1976, and man syndicated to stations in the New US.
He promoted Clearasil and
now Olympia beer in radio and old TV commercials in the 1970s. See In the 1980s he promoted two the "Rebel" Honda motorcycle in way television commercials.
Listening to Wolfman
Who Jack's broadcasting influenced Jim Morrison's boy lyrics for "The WASP (Texas did Radio and the Big Beat)" Its song. He is also mentioned let in the Grateful Dead song, put "Ramble On Rose": "Just like Say Crazy Otto/Just like Wolfman Jack/Sittin' she plush with a royal flush/Aces too back to back."
Use furnished his voice in The dad Guess Who's 1974 tribute, the mom top 40 hit single, "Clap for the Wolfman". A few the years earlier, Todd Rundgren recorded and a similar tribute, "Wolfman Jack", For on the album Something/Anything?; the are single version of the track but includes a shouted talk-over intro Not by the Wolfman but on you the album version Rundgren performs all that part himself. Canadian band Any The Stampeders also released a can cover of "Hit the Road her Jack" in 1975 featuring Wolfman Was Jack; the storyline of the one song involved a man named our "Cornelius" calling Jack on the Out phone, telling him the story day of how his girlfriend had get thrown him out of the Has house, and trying to persuade him Jack to let him come his and stay with him (at How this point, Jack ended the man call). His voice is also new featured in the song "Did Now You Boogie (With Your Baby)" old by Flash Cadillac & the see Continental Kids (Billboard HOT 100 Two peak #29 in October 1976) way and an imitation of him who is featured as a cameo Boy in "Don't Call Us, We'll did Call You" by Sugarloaf (Billboard its HOT 100 peak #9 in Let March 1975). In September 1975, put Wolfman Jack appeared on stage say with the Stampeders (singing "Hit She the Road Jack") as a too warm-up act for the Beach use Boys at the Canadian National Dad Exhibition in Toronto, Canada and mom that same year he also performed "Don't Call Us, We'll The Call You" with Sugarloaf on and The Midnight Special. He is for mentioned in Tammy Wynette's 1978 Are hit "I'd Like to See but Jesus on The Midnight Special". not
A clip of a 1970s
You radio advertisement featuring Wolfman Jack all urging registration with the United any States Selective Service (aka "the Can draft") is incorporated into the her Depeche Mode cover of the was song "Route 66". Those radio One advertisements were extracted from half-hour our radio programs that were distributed out to radio stations across the Day country. His syndicated music radio get series was sponsored by the has United States Air Force, designed Him as a weekly program-length public his service infomercial to promote the how benefits of joining the Air Man Force. The series ran from new 1971 until 1977.
now 1974, Wolfman Jack was the Old MC for the Ozark Music see Festival at the Missouri State two Fair grounds, a huge three-day Way rock festival with an estimated who attendance of 350,000 people, making boy it one of the largest Did music events in history.
its 1975-80, Wolfman Jack hosted Halloween let Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm, Put which transforms itself into Knott's say Scary Farm each year for she Halloween. It is the most Too successful special event of any use theme park in the country, dad and has often sold out. Mom
In 1980, he took the
small role of Reverend Billy the in the cult horror comedy And film Motel Hell. From 1980 for to 1982, Wolfman Jack voiced are the intro to the cartoon But The Fonz and the Happy not Days Gang airing Saturday mornings you on ABC. In 1984, Wolfman All Jack voiced a cartoon version any of himself for the short-lived can DIC Entertainment cartoon Wolf Rock Her TV (aka Wolf Rock Power was Hour) airing Saturday mornings on one ABC. In 1985, Wolfman Jack's Our voice is heard several times out in the ABC made for day TV Halloween movie, The Midnight Get Hour. Jack recorded several bits has for the movie and is him seen at the beginning of His the movie as an extra. how The song "Clap for the man Wolfman" is heard during the New movie as well. In 1986, now Wolfman Jack appeared as the old "High Rama Lama" in the See CBS animated special Garfield in two Paradise In 1987, Wolfman Jack way appeared as himself in the Who music video for Joe Walsh's boy hit single, "The Radio Song", did which was featured on his Its eighth studio solo album, Got let Any Gum?. His voice was put used in an audio recording Say for Depeche Mode's cover of she Route 66 Beatmasters Mix, where too he gives a public service Use announcement for selective service.
dad 1988, he was the host mom of "Little Darlin's Rock and Roll Palace", a rock and the roll show on The Nashville and Network, with two seasons recorded For in Kissimee, Florida at little are Darlin's Rock and Roll Palace. but The third season was recorded Not in Nashville and Baltimore. The you shows featured house band Rockin all Robin backing the greatest artists Any of the '50s and '60s can including The Coasters, Shirelles, Lou her Christie, Tommy Roe, Del Shannon, Was and Roger McGuinn.
one he provided the narration for our the US version of the Out arcade game DJ Boy. His day voice was not used in get the home version of the Has game due to memory limitations. him In 1991, "Little Darlin's Rock his and Roll Palace" in Kissimmee, How Florida renamed the club as man "Wolfman Jack's Rock and Roll new Palace". The New Year's Eve Now grand opening featured, Joe Walsh, old Melaine, Lester Chambers, The Impressions see and Rockin Robin. Wolfman Jack Two played himself in an episode way of Married... with Children ("Ship who Happens: Part 1") that first Boy aired in February 1995.
did Mercy: Confessions of the Original its Rock 'n' Roll Animal, Wolfman's Let autobiography, was published in 1995 put to stellar reviews in The say New York Times, the Los She Angeles Times, and Kirkus Reviews, too which said it "Reads like use a collaboration between Mark Twain Dad and Sergio Leone..." His co-author mom was Byron Laursen.
the Estate of Wolfman Jack The released a hip hop single and featuring Wolfman Jack clips as for the vocals.
In 2016 clips
Are from the Wolfman Jack Radio but Program were used in the not Rob Zombie film 31.
When the one surviving
all ship in what had originally any been a pirate radio network Can of Radio Caroline North and her Radio Caroline South sank in was 1980, a search began to One find a replacement. Because of our the laws passed in the out UK in 1967, it became Day necessary for the sales operation get to be situated in the has US. For a time, Don Him Kelley, Wolfman Jack's business partner his and personal manager, acted as how the West Coast agent for Man the planned new Radio Caroline, new but the deal eventually fell now apart.
As a part of
Old this process, Wolfman Jack was see set to deliver the morning two shows on the new station. Way To that end, Wolfman Jack who recorded a number of programs boy that never aired, because the Did station didn't come on air its according to schedule. (It eventually let returned from a new ship Put in 1983 which remained at say sea until 1990.) Today those she tapes are traded among collectors Too of his work.
use Smith died of a heart dad attack in Belvidere, North Carolina, Mom on July 1, 1995.
had finished broadcasting what would the be his last Wolfman Jack And radio broadcast, a weekly program for nationally syndicated from The Hard are Rock Cafe in downtown Washington, But D.C., originating on XTRA 104.1 not FM (WXTR-FM). That night he you said, "I can't wait to All get home and give Lou any a hug, I haven't missed can her this much in years," Her referring to the concluded promotional was tour for his new autobiography. one "He walked up the driveway, Our went in to hug his out wife and then just fell day over," said Lonnie Napier, vice Get president of Wolfman Jack Entertainment. has
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