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Walter “Wolfman” Washington

Walter “Wolfman” Washington (December 20, 1943 – December 22, 2022) was an American singer and guitarist, based in New OrleansLouisiana, United States. While his roots were in blues music, he blended in the essence of funk and R&B to create his own unique sound.


Washington was born in New Orleans, and whilst still in his teens, he was invited to play in Lee Dorsey‘s band.[1]

In the mid 1960s, Washington formed the All Fools Band, and played at clubs in New Orleans.[2]

In the 1970s, he joined Johnny Adams‘ band. He played with Adams for 20 years, both performing live and also appearing on his records.[1] During this time he continued to work as a solo artist, and in the late 1970s formed his own band, the Roadmasters, and toured Europe with them.[2]

Washington released his first solo album Rainin’ In My Life in 1981 from a small local label Hep’ Me.[3] He landed a contract with Rounder Records in 1985, and he released three albums with that label. After the Rounder days, he also released an album, Sada, on Point Blank Records.[3][4]

Washington started to play regularly with two New Orleans musicians, the organist Joe Krown and the drummer Russell Batiste, Jr., working as a trio at the Maple Leaf Bar.

Washington appears in performance footage in the 2005 documentary film Make It Funky!, which presents a history of New Orleans music and its influence on rhythm and bluesrock and rollfunk and jazz.[5] In the film, he performs “Barefootin’” with the house band.[6]

In 2008, he released Doin’ the Funky Thing, his first album in many years.[4] Live at the Maple Leaf, a live recording by Krown, Washington, Batiste was also released in the same year.

Washington died of cancer in New Orleans, on December 22, 2022, two days after his 79th birthday.[7]


  • 1981 Leader Of The Pack (Hep’ Me)
  • 1986 Wolf Tracks (Rounder)
  • 1987 Rainin’ In My Life (Maison de Soul)
  • 1988 Out of the Dark (Rounder)
  • 1991 Wolf at the Door (Rounder)
  • 1991 Sada (Point Blank)
  • 1998 Funk Is in the House (Bullseye Blues)
  • 1999 Blue Moon Risin’ (Artelier)
  • 2000 On the Prowl (Rounder)
  • 2008 Doin’ the Funky Thing (Zoho Roots)
  • 2014 Howlin’ LIVE at DBA New Orleans (Frenchmen Street Records)
  • 2018 My Future Is My Past (ANTI-Records)[4]


  1. Jump up to:a b “Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters”. Archived from the original on July 3, 2008. Retrieved October 18, 2008.
  2. Jump up to:a b “Walter “Wolfman” Washington – Biography & History – AllMusic”AllMusic. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  3. Jump up to:a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1995). The Guinness Who’s Who of Blues (Second ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 369. ISBN 0-85112-673-1.
  4. Jump up to:a b c “Walter “Wolfman” Washington | Album Discography”AllMusic. Retrieved March 12, 2021.
  5. ^ “IAJE What’s Going On”. Jazz Education Journal. Manhattan, Kansas: International Association of Jazz Educators. 37 (5): 87. April 2005. ISSN 1540-2886ProQuest 1370090.
  6. ^ Make It Funky! (DVD). Culver City, California: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 2005. ISBN 9781404991583OCLC 61207781. 11952.
  7. ^ Spera, Keith. “Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, New Orleans guitarist and singer, has died at 79”. Retrieved December 23, 2022.

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