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About Funny Papa Smith
John T. Smith a/k/a The Howling Wolf a/k/a Howling Smith
('Funny Paper' was a gaffe on the part of Vocalion officials)
b. poss. 1890 in Texas, exact date and location unknown
d. poss. 1940, exact date and location unknown There is very little detailed information about the background of John T. Funny Papa Smith. He was born in Texas, almost certainly between 1880 and 1890, and also spent time in both Louisiana and Oklahoma. He was an itinerant bluesman who travelled round the parties, fish fries and juke joints, often in the company of Texas Alexander and Dennis "Little Hat" Jones