Howlin' Wolf was an influential American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. He was born in West Point, Mississippi in an area now known as White Station.

With a booming voice and looming physical presence, Burnett is commonly ranked among the leading performers in electric blues. A number of songs written or popularized by Burnett, such as "Smokestack Lightnin'", "Back Door Man", "Killing Floor" and "Spoonful", have become blues and blues rock standards.