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Overview (4)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died in Belvedere, North Carolina, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameRobert Weston Smith
Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m)

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), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) and Motel Hell (1980). He was married to Lucy Lamb. He died on July 1, 1995 in Belvedere, North Carolina, USA.

Spouse (1)

Lucy Lamb (5 May 1961 - 1 July 1995) ( his death) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Wolfman howl and gravelly voice

Trivia (13)

He made his final syndicated radio broadcast from a Planet Hollywood restaurant in Washington, D.C., 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 1964 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, which is among borders of Texas and Mexico.
He passed away 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 passed away in his wife's arms.
"Wolfman Jack" was posthumously inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame (1996).
Hit #106 on the Billboard Singles Charts with "I Ain't Never Seen a White Man" (Wooden Nickel 0108) (1972).
He is referred to in the songs, "Ramble on Rose" by Grateful Dead, "Clap for the Wolfman" by The Guess Who, and "Wolfman Jack" by Todd Rundgren.
Began his career in 1960 at WYOU-AM in Newport News, Virginia, and later moved to KCIJ-AM in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he first came up with the character Wolfman Jack.
For the last two years of his life, Wolfman Jack did a live weekly show from WXTR-FM in Washington, D.C., which was carried on 50 affiliate stations around the United States.
A final tribute show aired one week after Wolfman Jack's sudden death on over 100 radio stations.
Following his sudden death, he was interred at Smith Family Estate Cemetery in Belvidere, North Carolina.
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.
Once appeared in a television commercial for Clearasil skin care and acne medication.

Personal Quotes (2)

It's real American music - what rock 'n' roll originally was before people turned it around and sideways and upside down. From 1958 to 1964, that's real rock 'n' roll. Then the Beatles hit and everyone sounded like them. They didn't give our boys long enough.
[on his gravelly voice which he credits for his success] It's kept meat and potatoes on the table for years for Wolfman and Wolfwoman. A couple of shots of whiskey helps it. I've got that nice raspy sound.

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