Howlin' Wolf's stage presence played a large role in his act and image, unlike many other blues artists. He was unusual in physical style, shown here facing the crowd on his knees.
Despite their regrettable lack of commercial success, it was these early, soulful compositions that would lead the way into many popular genres that we know today. Traces of Howlin' Wolf can surely be found in modern bands and singers alike. It's difficult not to believe that blues shaped rock and roll and therefore is responsible for genres such as rock and metal, and the other various sub-genres that derive from it. The credit to music that blues has is crucial, it's perhaps one of the only positive creations that slavery and hardship in the Deep South produced.
Dave Allen (OP) adds: