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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 21 January 1938Brooklyn, New York, USA
Date of Death 1 July 1995Belvedere, North Carolina, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameRobert Weston Smith

Mini Bio (1)

Wolfman Jack was born on January 21, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Robert Weston Smith. He was an actor, known for American Graffiti (1973), Motel Hell (1980) and Garfield in Paradise (1986). He was married to Lucy Lamb. He died on July 1, 1995 in Belvedere, North Carolina, USA.

Spouse (1)

Lucy Lamb (1960 - 1 July 1995) (his death) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Wolf howl and gravelly voice

Trivia (13)

He made his final syndicated radio broadcast from a Planet Hollywood restaurant in Washington, DC, on Friday Night, June 30, 1995.
Wolfman Jack was an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, where he was officially known as and nicknamed "Reverend Jack".
Wolfman Jack worked as a disc jockey from 1958 to 1966 for the (then) 250,000 watt radio station XERF (1570 AM) in Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the river from Del Rio, Texas, USA, which is among borders of Texas and Mexico.
He died almost immediately after returning home from a promotional tour for his autobiography, "Have Mercy." He entered his house, hugged his wife, said "Oh, it is so good to be home!" and literally died in his wife's arms.
"Wolfman Jack" was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1996.
Hit #106 on the Billboard Singles Charts in 1972 with "I Ain't Never Seen a White Man" (Wooden Nickel 0108)
He is referred to in the songs, "Ramble on Rose", by The Grateful Dead, "Clap For the Wolfman" by The Guess Who, and "Wolfman Jack" by Todd Rundgren.
Career began on KCIJ-AM, a daytime station in Shreveport, Louisiana.
For the last two years of his life, Wolfman Jack did a live weekly show from WXTR-FM in Washington, DC, which was carried on 50 affiliate stations around the United States.
A final tribute show aired one week after Wolfman's death on over 100 radio stations.
Once appeared in a commercial for Clearasil.
He was a fan of disc jockey Alan Freed who helped to turn African-American rhythm and blues into Caucasian 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. The Wolfman'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. He created the nickname Wolfman Jack and attempted to mask his true identity to create public interest in his radio character.
Began his radio career in 1960 at WYOU in Newport News, Virginia, and later moved to KCIJ in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he first came up with the idea of the Wolfman Jack character.

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