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Encyclopedia > Wolfman Jack
Robert Weston Smith A.K.A. Wolfman Jack
Wolfman Jack in 1980s
Born 21 January 1938
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died 1 July 1995
Belvidere, North Carolina, USA
Occupation Radio personality
Spouse Lou Smith
Children Joy Rene Smith
Tod Weston Smith

Robert Weston (Bob) Smith (21 January 19381 July 1995) became world famous in the 1960s and 1970s as a disc jockey using the stage name of Wolfman Jack. Image File history File links Wolfman_jack. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_York. ... Brooklyn (named for the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... NY redirects here. ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_North_Carolina. ... Belvidere is an unincorporated town in Perquimans County, northeast North Carolina, United States, in the Albemarle Sound region. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... a Radio Personality is the modern incarnation of the disk jockey, or DJ. In the 1990s, successful radio stations began to focus less on the musical expertise of their hosts and more on the individual hosts personalities. ... January 21 is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1960s Ashley Rocks! decadeHI refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... For other meanings of DJ, see DJ (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Biography

Early career

Born in Brooklyn, Bob Smith 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. Bob 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. Brooklyn (named for the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... Alan Freed (December 15, 1921 – January 20, 1965), also known as Moondog, was an American disc-jockey (DJ) who became internationally known for promoting African-American Rhythm and Blues (R&B) music on the radio in the United States and Europe under the name of Rock and Roll. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Predominantly Christianity and Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Rhythm and blues (aka R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences — first performed by African American artists. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Moondog the nom de plume of Louis T. Hardin (May 26, 1916 – September 8, 1999), was a composer, musician and poet, who also invented musical instruments - all this despite being blind, and, for three decades, homeless. ... Howlin Wolf ( b. ...


Radio career

Film, television, and music career

In the early days, Wolfman Jack made sporadic public appearances, usually as an MC for rock bands at local LA clubs. At each appearance he looked a little different because Bob Smith hadn't decided on what "The Wolfman" should look like. Early pictures show him with a goatee however sometimes he combed his straight hair forward and added dark makeup to look somewhat "ethnic." Other times he had a big afro wig and large sunglasses covering his eyes. It wasn't until he appeared in the 1969 film, A Session with the Committee (a montage of skits by the seminal comedy troupe The Committee), that mainstream America got a good look at Wolfman Jack. Four years later he appeared in director George Lucas's second feature film, American Graffiti, as himself. His broadcasts tie the film together and a main character catches a glimpse of the mysterious Wolfman in a pivotal scene. Lucas also gave the Wolfman a fraction of a "point," the divination of the profits from a film, in gratitude for participating in the seminal project and these proceeds finally provided the deejay a regular income for life. American Graffiti is a 1973 film directed by George Lucas. ...


Subsequently, Bob Smith appeared in several films and television shows as Wolfman Jack. They included The Midnight Special; The Wolfman Jack Show; The Odd Couple; What's Happening; Vega$; Hollywood Squares; Married... with Children; and Galactica 1980 [1], in which he interacts with a Cylon Centurion. Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... The Midnight Special was a musical television series that ran from 1972 until 1983 on the NBC network. ... The Hollywood Squares title screen The Hollywood Squares was an American television comedy and game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. ... Married… with Children was a long-running American sitcom about a dysfunctional family living in Chicago. ... Opening sequence for Galactica 1980 Galactica 1980 is a science-fiction television series, and a spin-off from the 1978-1979 series Battlestar Galactica. ... Old Cylon Centurion shown in a museum display in the 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries The Cylons are a cybernetic civilization at war with the Twelve Colonies of humanity in the Battlestar Galactica science fiction franchise, in the original 1978/1980 series and movie, as well as the 2003 reimagining. ...


He also appeared in a commercial for Clearasil [2]. Clearasil is a popular brand of young skin care and acne (spots) medication, whose products contain chiefly benzoyl peroxide, triclosan or salicylic acid as active ingredients. ...


He also furnished his voice in The Guess Who's 1974 tribute, the top 40 hit single, "Clap for the Wolfman." A few years earlier, Todd Rundgren recorded a similar tribute, "Wolfman Jack", on the album Something/Anything?. Canadian band The Stampeders also released a cover of "Hit the Road Jack" in 1975 featuring Wolfman Jack; the storyline of the song involved a man named "Cornelius" calling Jack on the phone, telling him the story of how his girlfriend had thrown him out of the house, and trying to persuade Jack to let him come and stay with him (at this point, Jack ended the call). His voice is also featured in the songs "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You" by Sugarloaf (band) and "Did You Boogie With Your Baby (In the Back Row of the Movie Show?)" by Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids (his "American Graffiti" co-stars). A clip of a 1970s radio advertisement featuring Wolfman Jack urging registration with the United States Selective Service (aka "the draft") is incorporated into the Depeche Mode cover of the song "Route 66" (Beatmasters Mix). The Guess Who are a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, that was one of the first to establish a major successful following in their own country while still residing there as well as abroad in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and record producer. ... Something/Anything? (released in 1972) is Todd Rundgrens third solo album, and is often regarded to be the singer-songwriters magnum opus. ... The Stampeders were a 1970s Canadian rock band, consisting of Rich Dodson, Ronnie King, and Kim Berly. ... Hit the Road Jack is a song recorded by Ray Charles. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Sugarloaf was a Denver, Colorado-based rock & roll band in the 1970s featuring Jerry Corbetta. ... THIS NEEDS A FLAG FOR LACKS UNBIASED PERSPECTIVE Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, now known simply as Flash Cadillac, were the band that portrayed Herbie and the Heartbeats in the film American Graffiti. ... Depeche Mode are a highly influential alternative rock band formed in 1980 in Essex, England. ...


In July 1974 Wolfman Jack was the MC for the Ozark Music Festival, a three-day event at the Missouri State Fairgrounds, in Sedalia, Missouri. This was a huge Rock Festival and some estimates place the crowd count at 350,000 people which would make this one of the largest music events (Rock Festivals) in history. This is about the city in central Missouri; Sedalia is also a very small town in Colorado. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Radio Caroline

When the one surviving ship in what had originally been a pirate radio network of Radio Caroline North and Radio Caroline South sank in 1980, a search began to find a replacement. Due to the laws passed in the UK in 1967, it became necessary for the sales operation to be situated in the USA. For a time the manager of Wolfman Jack acted as the West Coast agent for the planned new Radio Caroline. The term pirate radio lacks a specific universal interpretation. ... Radio Caroline is a European radio station that originally commenced transmissions as an offshore radio station broadcasting from a ship anchored off the coast of South East England in international waters. ... Radio Caroline is a European radio station that originally commenced transmissions as an offshore radio station broadcasting from a ship anchored off the coast of South East England in international waters. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Carolines second ship, MV Mi Amigo, c. ...


As a part of this process Wolfman Jack was set to deliver the morning shows on the new station. To that end Wolfman Jack did record a number of programs which were never aired due to the failure of the station to come on air according to schedule. (It eventually returned from a new ship in 1983 which remained at sea until 1990.) Today those tapes are traded among collectors of his work. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


While shooting a commercial in Florida in the late 80's , he was constantly badgered by a young fan named John McGinley, close friend of Ken Adamchak, that almost cancelled the shoot. To his last day, Wolfman Jack credited his ability to deal with McGinley's taunts as an example of his true professionalism. Subsequently, and justifiably so, young McGinley was thrown out of the bar as a result of his actions.


Death

Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack in Belvedere, 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 did get that hug. However, Wolfman Jack would later die of a heart attack. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Planet Hollywood at night, Downtown Disney, Florida, USA Planet Hollywood, a theme restaurant chain inspired by the popular portrayal of Hollywood, was launched in New York on October 22, 1991, with the backing of Hollywood stars Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Demi Moore. ... Have Mercy may refer to: Have mercy!, a phrase often heard on the American sitcom Full House Have Mercy, a song by Loretta Lynn from her album Van Lear Rose Category: ...


His business, Wolfman Jack Productions (based in Hertford, North Carolina), is still listed in the local telephone book.[3] Hertford is a town in Perquimans County, North Carolina, United States. ...


Parody

In the Ray Stevens song "The Moonlight Special," Wolfman Jack is parodied as Mr. Sheepdog. Ray Stevens was born Harold Ray Ragsdale on January 24, 1939 in Clarkdale, Georgia, now part of Decatur. ...


In the song "Wolfman" on the Adam Sandler album Shhh...Don't Tell, a man pretends he is Wolfman Jack because he is in denial about his sexuality. Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is a Jewish American actor, comedian, producer, and musician (he sings and plays the guitar). ... Shhh. ...


Legacy

A memorial was dedicated to his memory at Del Rio, Texas, where he first began his career as Wolfman Jack. Del Rio may refer to: Del Rio, Texas Del Rio, California This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Official language(s) English (de facto) See also languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq mi (695,622 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ...


Wolfman Jack was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1996. The National Radio Hall of Fame and Museum, an offshoot of the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, Illinois, recognizes and showcases those who have contributed to the development of the medium throughout its history in the United States. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


In addition, Wolfman Jack's widow, Lou Lamb Smith, has released a one- to two-hour syndicated program built from what were thought to be "lost" archives and airchecks of his shows. The airchecks used in the shows date from the 1960s all the way up to his death in the 1990s. About a dozen oldies-oriented stations in the United States and Canada have picked up the show, and air times for the show vary by station.


Beginning on October 31, 2005, a 1960s-themed channel, XM 60's on 6, on XM Satellite Radio began airing a regular program utilizing airchecks from Wolfman Jack's older syndicated shows. The first show was a Halloween show and the XM promo that ran in October was priceless. It was an announcement of a Halloween show so special that they were bringing someone back from the dead, then a segue into squeakly coffin opening and then that unforgettable voice of the Wolfman saying, (and I paraphrase from memory) "Hi everyone, its the wolfman and I am back. Be sure to join me for a very special ghoulish show this Halloween night". After that Halloween show, Wolfman's show was a nightly regular on XM's 60s channel. The XM show currently airs one hour per week at 11 PM US Eastern Time and five hours on Sunday night at 7 PM US Eastern Time. XM redirects here. ... In the radio industry, an aircheck is generally a demonstration recording, often intended to show off the talent of an announcer or radio disk jockey to a prospective future employer. ...


The following radio stations air the Wolfman Jack Radio Program (as of March 5, 2007): KAZM, 780 AM Sedona, AZ; KORC, 820 AM Walport, OR; WQLF, 102.1 FM Freeport, IL; KABX, 97.5 FM Merced, CA; KDCQ, 92.9 FM Coos Bay, OR; KDZA, Oldies 108 FM Pueblo, CO; KVEN, 1450 AM Ventura, CA; CKOC 1150 AM, Hamilton, Ontario; COOL 880 AM, Edmonton, Alberta; WODS 103.3 FM, Boston MA; KOMY 1340 AM, Santa Cruz CA KABX is an oldies station in Merced, California at 97. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... CKOC is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 1150 AM in Hamilton, Ontario. ... CHQT is a radio station in Edmonton, Alberta, broadcasting its signal on 880 kHz AM with an ERP of 50,000 watts. ... WODS, known on-air as Oldies 103. ... KOMY is a 1,000 watt radio station broadcasting on 1340. ...


Both varieties of the show airing today are available for free on the Internet.


Mad Dog, a DJ in the 2005 Activision PC Videogame the Movies is based on Wolfman Jack. The Movies is a PC/Mac OS X simulation game created by Lionhead Studios for Microsoft Windows and subsequently ported to Apple Mac OS X by Feral Interactive. ...


References

  • "Wolfman hits the road, Jack." – The Village Voice, July 4, 1974. – Article by Paul Levinson about Wolfman's year in New York City on WNBC Radio.
  • "Wolfman Jack's old station howling once again." – Dallas Times Herald, January 2, 1983. – Article about Bill Mack and the restoration of the old RCA 250 kW transmitter by Mike Venditti.
  • "Del Rio to Honor Wolfman Jack" – San Antonio Express-News, June 16, 1995. – Article describing how Bob Smith (Wolfman Jack) came to Del Rio, Texas, to meet Arturo Gonzelez at his law office on Pecan Street and wanting to know who was the owner of radio station XERF. Arturo Gonzelez who was 94 in 1995, recalls his first meeting with Bob Smith in 1963.
  • Border Radio, by Fowler, Gene and Crawford, Bill. Texas Monthly Press, Austin. 1987
  • Big Beat Heat (Alan Freed and the early years of Rock & Roll), by Jackson, John A. – Schirmer Books, New York. 1991. ISBN 0-02-871155-6
  • Mass Media Moments in the United Kingdom, the USSR and the USA (includes details of XERF in 1984), by Gilder, Eric. – "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu Press, Romania. 2003 ISBN 973-651-596-6

The Village Voice is a weekly newspaper in New York City featuring investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts reviews and events listings for New York City. ... Paul Levinson, 2002 Paul Levinson (b. ... Sportsradio 66 WFAN AM 660 kHz, often referred to as The FAN, is a sports radio station in the city of New York. ...

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By 1965, Wolfman Jack had moved to a new base of operations, XERB-AM, another power-pumping clear channel radio station located across the border on Mexico's Baja peninsula, at Rosarita Beach, near Tijuana.
One of the teens touched by Wolfman's radio programs was budding filmmaker, George Lucas, who remembered The Wolfman when he wrote a simple screenplay, a tale of four friends in a small northern California town -- graduates of the Class of '62 -- preparing to go their separate ways.
Wolfman Jack, one of the nation's most recognizable personalities, died of a heart attack at the age of 57.
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Wolfman Jack's program was broadcast to much of the United States, into Canada and via AFN Europe from 9 to 10 p.m..
In July 1974 Wolfman Jack was the MC for the Ozark Music Festival, a three-day event at the Missouri State Fairgrounds, in Sedalia, Missouri.
Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack in Belvedere, North Carolina, on July 1, 1995, at only 56 years of age (born January 21, 1939).
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