Walter Wolfman Washington

Walter Washington
American Routes

Walter Washington, or the Wolfman as many call him was born and raised in New Orleans’ Garden District. He sang in a church choir with cousin Ernie K-Doe. His uncle was in a spiritual group the Friendly Five and gave Wolf his first guitar. Prior to his solo career in the 60s, Walter Washington had backed Johnny Adams and Lee Dorsey and was in Irma Thomas’ first touring band, the Tornados. Before getting into the past though, I asked how the Wolfman got his name.