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Wolfman Jack

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There is more than one artist using this name.

1)Melbourne Four Piece Punk Band.
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2)Robert Weston (Bob) Smith (January 21, 1938 – July 1, 1995) became world famous in the 1960s and 1970s as a disc jockey using the stage name of Wolfman Jack.

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.

Once Bob Smith found fame he kept the name Wolfman Jack and attempted to mask his true identity to create public interest in his radio character. The hip, sexually suggestive Wolfman Jack persona allowed Smith to ignore the prevailing racial segregation of American radio.

According to former disc jockey Don Logan, Bob Smith’s career began on KCIJ-AM, a daytime station in Shreveport, Louisiana. In Shreveport, Gordon McLendon owned KEEL-AM as a part of his very successful group of stations which was challenged by a KREB-AM, a new station formed by Larry Brandon from the defunct KENT-AM. A radio “war” for the same listeners took place, in which Brandon ultimately lost and KREB also went off the air.

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