A Recording of Wolfman Jack's Goodbye Speech from 4/14/1972, his Last Day on the Border Blaster, XERB
Wolfman, whose appearance was mostly a mystery, blasted all kinds of music, sang along with the records, made outrageous innuendos, broadcast phone call requests from fans and made prank phone calls outside the studio. He put on an incredible show that sounded like a party being broadcast from the studio and made the listener feel like (and thus become) a participant in the fun. It was extremely infectious. Even to this day, if you listen to some early broadcasts from the ‘60s with Wolfman yelling and singing along to the words of a song such as, “Hello, I love you,” by The Doors, one cannot help but get a good feeling inside. Wolfman was having a great time and you could feel it. In fact, I dare anyone to seek out and listen to the famous recording of Wolfman singing along to “Nothing Takes the Place of You,” by Toussaint McCall and not want to smile. It just can’t be done.
|Interior of the Mexican studio, XERB from which Wolfman's pre-recorded shows were broadcast 1966-72.|
Wolfman would have continued to spread the news about rhythm and blues and other great music on XERB forever but some nasty legal maneuverings by the Mexican government forced him to give up control of the station around 1972. (Please see my “En El Aire Pt.1” post for more about this.) The last night of his reign over the Mexican airwaves was Friday, April 14, 1972. Here I’ve posted a recording of the announcement he made on his last night on the big 1090. By this time the XERB station letters (which were owned by Wolfman), had been changed to XEPRS. It truly marks the end of an important time in radio broadcasting history. The following Monday Wolfman would begin broadcasting from the Los Angeles, California station, KDAY, and then four months later film his cameo in American Graffiti, and very soon after begin an 8-year stint as the host of the weekly TV program, Midnight Special, as his syndicated radio show spread his voice across the globe. He was evolving from a cult hero into an international superstar. The recording of his rather rambling emotional announcement involves Wolfman mentioning, in a very positive, groovy manner, that he is leaving to go to another station and notes that his show will be available in syndication. It lasts about 4 minutes, and was originally played several times during his last show. Enjoy.
The sound check can be found here at XERB website: http://www.xerbradio.com/
- Wolfman Jack and Byron Laursen. Have Mercy! Confessions of the Original Rock 'n' Roll Animal. Warner Books, New York 1995.
- Wolfman Jack. Howling on the Air. Audio CD. Big Ear Music. 1998. (Out of Print)
- Wolfman Jack and the Border Blasters. Rick Everett. CD. Air-Check Factory.com. 2002.
- XEPRS Air check (4/14/1972)