The Rolling Stones did their part to spread the gospel of Howlin' Wolf. When they appeared on the American variety show Shindig!
on May 20, 1965, they made sure Wolf, then 55, was on the program (they had a #1 hit in the UK with "Little Red Rooster
," originally recorded by Wolf). Wolf performed "How Many More Years" with Billy Preston on piano; to introduce him, host Jack Good had them say a few words about Wolf, who was unfamiliar to most Shindig!
viewers. Brian Jones, the Stones lead guitarist and blues junkie, said: "When we first started playing together, we started playing because we wanted to play rhythm and blues, and Howlin' Wolf was one of our greatest idols. It's a great pleasure to find he's been booked on this show tonight. I think it's about time you shut up and we have Howlin' Wolf on stage."