This is our last listening assignment of the year! This week we're listening to Howlin' Wolf perform his classic song Spoonful.
Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), known as Howlin' Wolf, was an influential American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. He was born in West Point, Mississippi in an area now known as White Station.
With a booming voice and looming physical presence, Burnett is commonly ranked among the leading performers in electric blues. A number of songs written or popularized by Howlin' Wolf—such as "Smokestack Lightnin'", "Back Door Man", "Killing Floor" and "Spoonful"—have become blues and blues rock standards.
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to the song and answer the following questions. You can answer these
questions by posting in the comments section of the post, by e-mailing
me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing them down and giving me your responses in class.
1. Name the artist and the song name.
2. List the instruments you hear.
3. Is it a solo, duet, small group or large group?
4. Does this song follow this 12 bar blues pattern
5. What does this song remind you of? (Sights, sounds, smells, etc.)
6a) Do you like this song?
6b) Please give a musical reason why or why not?