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Does anyone remember Wolfman Jack? Did you listen to him?

Asked by john65pennington (29057 points ) August 13th, 2011

Wolfman Jack was the dj that really started it all in rock and roll. His radio station was located in Texas, but his transmitters were located in Mexico. His radio station had so much power, that he was heard practically all over the United States. The FCC could not touch him or his station, since the transmitters were in Mexico. Question: are you old enough to remember Wolfman Jack? If so, what specifically makes you remember him and the type of music he played late at night?

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lillycoyote's avatar

I certainly remember him and heard him on the radio and I can still hear that cragly, gravel voice of his in my head and picture that cragly bearded face of his in my mind like I knew him personally but I never did really listen to his show much. He was an icon. Anyone of a certain age knows exactly who he was, what he sounded like and what he looked like.

john65pennington's avatar

lillycoyote, thanks. Wolfman Jack was one of the main reasons I got into rock and roll music at the tender age of 13. My dad bought me a set of used drums and I taught myself to play while listening to the music Wolfman was playing.

You are correct. Only people of a certain age will remember Wolfman Jack. jp

Nullo's avatar

Indirect experience only, from American Graffiti.

john65pennington's avatar

Nullo, wish you had been around to catch Wolfman direct. He was truly a funny person and many disc jockeys fashioned their style after him. I guess you could say he was a mentor for the early djs. jp

ddude1116's avatar

I, too, only have heard him from American Graffiti..

jca's avatar

I was too young to know his radio show, but when I was little he used to occasionally make cameo appearances on TV shows (maybe like Happy Days?).

crisw's avatar

Oh yes, you couldn’t miss him growing up in San Diego!

JLeslie's avatar

I remember him as someone who was talked about and remembered. I am not sure if I listened to him live or not? I was a very little girl when he was popular I think? Wasn’t he 60’s and 70’s? I was born in ‘68.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

He was an icon that connected generations. My father didn’t have to worry about letting me listen to him. Had some good laughs together and it always vood to see Wolfman appear in movies here and there as I grew older.

He and Bill Cosby may have been the last of their breed, never needing to curse or rely on fart jokes to get a laugh.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I may have been young, but I remember him and his show. I loved it.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Oh, sure, he did The Midnight Special in the 70s, right? I remember him. That show would come on after Saturday Night Live.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Was The Midnight Special before or after we found out who shot JR…¿

aprilsimnel's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies, before and during. And I guess it was on Friday nights, not Saturday. Oh, I don’t know, I was little!

Jeruba's avatar

I do. I don’t think I ever tuned in to him myself, but I was often with friends who had him going on their radios at home or in the car. I remember his voice and his style, his raspy, gleeful growl, the way he seemed to savor the sound of his own name, a name that all by itself seemed to challenge convention and invite the bold to come along for a wild ride. I was at the age when that’s exactly what we wanted. I had one foot in that camp and one foot in the classics, and no one ever forced me to choose between them.

I can’t actually remember anything he ever said besides his own name. I’m not sure I was ever, uh, clear-headed when we listened to him.

Cruiser's avatar

Yes….I was a fan of WMJ and thanks to him Sha Na Na was the second album I ever owned. His death seemed to come too soon as it always does for real musical legends.

rooeytoo's avatar

Yep I remember him and he was/is also the start of the shock jock type dj. I loved him, he was so “rad.” My next favorite was Don Imus in NYC, he was like Wolfman junior. He was always getting in trouble for something he said. Long before the days of PC, he said thing that could never be said these days.

There @Cruiser answered my question, he is gone. I think Imus might be too. Last time I saw a pic of him, he looked like he was dying.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Jeruba This is one of the many reasons I adore you. You are full of suprises. “I’m not sure I was ever, uh, clear-headed when we listened to him” ? Who would have ever suspected? Not me, at least. I seem to have misunderestimated you, as GW once said.

Jeruba's avatar

@lillycoyote, darlin’, I came of age in the glorious sixties. And from what I don’t remember, I thoroughly enjoyed being there.

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

I think I only remember him from the movie “American Graffiti”. He was the DJ in that film, wasn’t he? I know he used to do radio way back in the 1950s, with his funny. gravelly voice. The image I have of him in my mind is the guy with a big dark hairdo and beard.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Jeruba and it is my fault, not yours, for not getting that. And I should know better, from coming of age in the glorious seventies which were much like the sixties; the major differences being the music, some better, some worse, less rhetoric and we got to take more showers.

Brian1946's avatar

I remember listening to him in 1966.

I think one of his catchphrases was something like, “Coming at you with fifty THOUsand watts of SOUL POWah, BABY!”.

john65pennington's avatar

lillycoyote, thanks for the video. Watched it several times. Wolfman Jack was the icon’s icon. He was the beginning and not the end.

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