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John T. Smith a/k/a The Howling Wolf a/k/a Howling Smith('Funny Paper' was a gaffe on the part of Vocalion officials)b. poss. 1890 in Texas, exact date and location unknownd. poss. 1940, exact date and location unknownThere is very little detailed information about the background of John T. Funny Papa Smith. He was born in Texas, almost certainly between 1880 and 1890, and also spent time in both Louisiana and Oklahoma. He was an itinerant bluesman who travelled round the parties, fish fries and juke joints, often in the company of Texas Alexander and Dennis "Little Hat" Jones. He made nearly twenty recordings in a two year period 1930-1931. Amongst these was his trademark song "Howling Wolf Blues", and occasio... read more