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Peter Wolf: 5 Songs to Cure Loneliness

Former J. Geils Band singer shares his tearjerking faves, from Hank Williams to the Platters

Peter Wolf; Five Songs

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Joe Greene

"Dwelling in the world of sad songs is my antidote for loneliness," says Peter Wolf, whose new solo album, A Cure for Loneliness, will be released on April 8th. The J. Geils Band singer spoke to Rolling Stone about five songs that help him ward off — or revel in — the blues.

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CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 19: Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band performs at the DTE Energy Center on August 19, 2011 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)

Nolan Strong and the Diablos, “The Wind”

This song has a great cult following, especially with doo-wop fans. Even just the intro has the power to bring you back to the sadness of a lost love.

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CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 19: Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band performs at the DTE Energy Center on August 19, 2011 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)

Dorothy Moore, “Misty Blue”

This started out as a country song but became an R&B tour de force. Every time I hear it,
 it transports me into a state of misty blue.

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CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 19: Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band performs at the DTE Energy Center on August 19, 2011 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)

The Platters, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”

This came from the 1933 production of Roberta, starring Bob Hope. When the Platters recorded it, they ended up owning it.

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CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 19: Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band performs at the DTE Energy Center on August 19, 2011 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)

Little Walter, “Blue and Lonesome”

Little Walter did for the harmonica what Jimi Hendrix did for the guitar. He took it to another place.

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CLARKSTON, MI - AUGUST 19: Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band performs at the DTE Energy Center on August 19, 2011 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)

Hank Williams, “On Top of Old Smokey”

You can't go wrong hanging around with Hank. His version of this song is sadness and loss personified.

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