Music of the Night (how appropriate!)
I've just been listening to this splendid programme from BBC Radio 4 via its "Listen Again" facility. My personal introduction to Howlin' Prowlin' Wolfman Jack was (like most Brits) via George Lucas's American Graffiti. What strikes me now is how much he both looks and sounds like Don van Vliet (Captain Beefheart): almost as though CB deliberately modelled both his persona and his sound on the Wolfman's. It's not unlikely, as they were both in the same part of the USA at the same time, and what counter-cultural type wouldn't want to adopt the Wolf as a role model?
And what else strikes me, listening to Wolfman Jack from 1961, is how far behind the curve we were in the UK then. We didn't even have pirate radio stations domestically: we had to get all our coolness from Radio Luxembourg (wow! exotic! with advertisements!) (hands up all who remember Horace Batchelor's Infra-Draw......) Now while growing up with the BBC Light Programme helped to form my future musical personality, so did exposure to Radio Luxembourg and eventually to Radio Caroline (I remember being off school sick with something, and finding "199 Caroline" on my radio while in bed: nerdy to the last, I did the whole "v=fλ" thing to make sure I could relocate it because my new transistor radio was calibrated in kHz instead of the more usual metres ). How might I have turned out if only I could have tuned in to the Wolfman's "50,000 watts clear"?