The Wolfman Jack

My Girl

Robert Weston (Bob) Smith was born on January 21, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York. He was a gravelly-voiced disc jockey who became world famous in the 1960s and 1970s under the stage name of Wolfman Jack. Smith was a fan of disc jockey Alan Freed who helped to turn African-American rhythm and blues into rock and roll music. Freed originally called himself the "Moondog" after New York City street musician Moondog. Freed both adopted this name and used a recorded howl to give his early broadcasts a unique character. Smith's adaptation of the Moondog theme was to call himself Wolfman Jack and add his own sound effects. The character was based in part on the manner and style of bluesman Howling Wolf. Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack in Belvidere, North Carolina, on July 1, 1995, age 57. The day before his death, he had finished broadcasting his last live radio program, a weekly program nationally syndicated from Planet Hollywood in downtown Washington, D.C. Wolfman Jack said that night, "I can't wait to get home and give Lou a hug, I haven't missed her this much in years." Wolfman had been on the road, promoting his new autobiography Have Mercy!. Lou Lamb Smith, Wolfman's wife, got that hug. He died shortly after in his home.
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