Peter Wolf Clinic

Wednesday / February 16, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States

Peter Wolf was born in the Bronx. He planned a career as a visual artist, but he got a job in the late 1960s as a disc jockey on then-cutting-edge Boston FM radio station WBCN and began exploring his interest in blues and R&B. He formed a group called the Hallucinations that performed with the Velvet Underground, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, and Sun Ra.

He then saw the J. Geils Blues Band in concert and quickly joined. He was the vocalist and frontman, and often acted as a sort of manager. Wolf was known for his charismatic stage antics of fast-talking quips and "pole-vaulting" with the microphone stand. He and keyboard player Seth Justman were responsible for most of the songwriting. Creative differences caused the J. Geils Band and Wolf to part ways in 1983.

Wolf's 1984 solo debut had a somewhat funky, electro sound, and its lead single became a hit. Several albums later, Sleepless (2002) featured guest appearances from Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and received five stars from Rolling Stone, which ranked it as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Wolf's 2010 album Midnight Souvenirs won Album of the Year at the Boston Music Awards.

Wolf has recorded many duets with the likes of Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, and Wilson Pickett, to name just a few. He has performed on stage with such diverse people as Bruce Springsteen and Phil Lesh. The J. Geils Band reunited for a series of shows in 2009, including opening night at the Boston House of Blues.