Disc Jockey helped spread rock ‘n’ roll
What can you tell us about Wolfman Jack?
—Ken Vanek, Aitkin, Minn.
Born Robert Weston Smith in Brooklyn, N.Y., disc jockey leapt to fame in the early 1960s spinning the latest rock ’n’ roll records on a Mexican station that broadcast at 250,000 watts, five times the power allowed on U.S. stations. The host of TV’s “The Midnight Special” from 1973 to 1981 played himself in the movie “American Graffiti” and credited his gravelly voice for his success. “It’s kept meat and potatoes on the table for years for Wolfman and Wolfwoman,” he once said. Shortly after a tour promoting his autobiography, “Have Mercy!: Confessions of the Original Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal,” Smith died of a heart attack in 1995 at age 57.
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