March 14, 1964
Chester Burnett (popularly known as Howlin’ Wolf) married Alabamian Lillie Handley Jones, a property owner and smart money manager. The couple settled in south Chicago, and she would remain with him until his death in 1976. Although Burnett lived in several parts of the South throughout his life, Arkansas (especially West Memphis) was his main stomping ground. One of the most influential musicians of the post–World War II era, his electric blues guitar—backing his powerful, howling voice—helped shape rock and roll.