It’s The Woofa Goofa Peter Wolf’s Birthday
One of my favorite rockers Peter Wolf was born today March 7, 1946 in the Bronx, New York. Peter started out as painter and his abilities allowed him to acquire a grant to study at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. Moving to Boston to expand his painting talents he discovered his musical talents after getting on stage with a local band and he immediately got the need to become a rock star.
His life long love of music would also lead to becoming a radio DJ at WBCN Boston. according to his website peterwolf.com, Wolf’s natural loquaciousness (a person who really enjoys talking) won him a job as an all-night DJ. Adopting the persona of “the Woofa Goofa,” he spun raw rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm ‘n’ blues, channeling the spirit of the flashy, fast-talking DJs he’d grown up listening to.
He left his radio gig after meeting up with some Boston area musicians and formed The J. Geils Band. The group became an instant success in the Boston area. They signed a deal with Atlantic Records and from 1970 until 1983 would put out 13 album with numerous top 10 singles.
Peter and J. Geils went their separate ways in 1984, when he launched his solo career.
Wolf continues to make music today with shows coming up in Massachusetts and Maine. His Facebook page has just announced that Peter Wolf and The Midnight Travelers will be special guests on an evening with the distinguished and brilliant John Prine June 15 at The Boch Center in Boston.
Happy Birthday Woofa Goofa.