Thursday, June 13, 2013

Little Wolf - Sings The Blues & Single

Lil' Wolf recorded his first album in 1976 which was produced by Willie Dixon, and featured a young Billy Branch on Harp, along with Freddie Dixon on Bass, Lafayette Leake on Piano, Clifton James on Drums, and Dennis Miller, Buster Benton, and Johnnie B. on guitars. Unfortunately only a few LP copies of this classic session are still around only a few hundred were ever pressed. The LP was originally recorded at Blues Factory Productions at 711 South Racine Ave. in Chicago. Wolf still has the master tapes, so maybe one day this long-lost classic blues album will be finally released.

Thanks to Frits for this rare LP.



marc's stuff said...

awesome ! u must have read my mind here i was searching for this one !! was gonna ask here soon !!
u da man !!

Marty Gunther said...

Little Wolf, whose real name was Lee Solomon and often was billed as Little Howlin Wolf, was a regular fixture on the West Side of Chicago, and he left us a few years ago. Among his regular bandmates in the late '70s was a very young Li'l Ed Williams (Li'l Ed and the Blues Imperials) on second guitar.

Gerard Herzhaft said...

Sorry Marty but this Little Wolf is not Lee Solomon. Little Wolf (born Jesse Sanders 26 June 1930 in Florence, Ms) was altogether a Chicago police officer for 47 years while singing the blues in the Windy City clubs. Married to Howlin' Wolf's niece Diane, Jesse brought the attention of Willie Dixon who was trying to find new talents for his fledgling Yambo label. Rebaptized by Dixon Little Wolf, Jesse recorded the modest hit but striking blues The wolf won't howl no more after Howlin' Wolf's death. This single was then featured on a whole album that I bought directly at Willie Dixon's small Chicago office. I don't think this fairly good album (featuring such luminaries as Buster Benton, Johnny B. Moore and Billy Branch) has ever been distributed outside Chicago. It has been said that Jesse made also another album for Bobby Rush which is very hard to find (thanks to Pierre Monnery who located one copy of this!). After his retirement from the Chicago Police Department, Jesse Sanders relocated in Memphis where he made some public appearances. It is not known if he is still alive.
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kempen said...

a picture of the 45 JS Records says Little Howlin wolf; more confusion !!
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Gerard Herzhaft said...

Dear Kempen
Yes there is a lot of confusion around all those Howlin' Wolfs Jr, Little or anywhere else. I even have a british 45 by Miss She-Wolf who sings two Chester Burnett's songs and who appears to be none other than Dana Gillespie! But this Willie Dixon's Little Wolf was really Jesse Sanders who was related to the real Howlin' Wolf. I don't know if he's still alive. He had retired in the South where he was singing sporadically not so long ago