Howlin' Wolf – '65 Signed AFTRA Application for Shindig W/ Rolling Stones
A historic application for membership to the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, signed by Howlin' Wolf, as both Wolf and his legal name, Chester Burnett. This union application was filled out May 18, 1965 on the occasion of Wolf's appearance with the Rolling Stones on the US Television program "Shindig !" The Stones had been invited to play the show, but refused to appear unless the show also invited their idol, Howlin' Wolf. While Wolf's music wasn't the typical Shindig fare, the producers were desperate enough to give in to the band's demand, and so Wolf appeared. This application, signed by Wolf with both his "legal" and "professional" names, has been filled out in another hand, and lists his address as 2120 South Michigan Ave. in Chicago, home of the legendary Chess Studios. It has been archivally framed with a photograph of Wolf on Shindig, with the Stones sitting at his feet, and a vintage Chess Records promotional photo of Wolf. During 2003/2004 it was exhibited as a part of "Sweet Home Chicago," a museum exhibition on Chicago Blues which originated at Seattle's Experience Music Project, then traveled to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, with its final stop at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi. This can truly be described as "museum quality." The handwriting is light, but fully readable. Measures 15" x 28" framed. Guaranteed authentic without time limit.
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