Muddy Waters / Rhythm and Blues

Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters is considered to be the king of Chicago Blues. His great voice and slide guitar, his larger than life persona, and his ability to make a hit spearheaded him to the top blues artist of Chicago in the early 1950s. He always had the best of bands and structured his sound where the brilliance of his players would shine. Harmonica players, in particular, were always showcased in Muddy’s band. Some of Muddy’s harmonica players included Little Walter (who recorded on the majority of his Chess hits), Big Walter Horton, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Mojo Buford, Paul Oscher, Carey Bell, and Jerry Portnoy. His classic songs cut for Chess Records are quite frankly as good as it gets. Bob first heard Muddy on the Radio singing “Rolling Stone” at age 12 and from that point forward Bob’s life was changed.

McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), known professionally as Muddy Waters, was an American blues singer and musician who was an important figure in the post-World War II blues scene, and is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues".
His style of playing has been described as "raining down Delta beatitude".

Muddy Waters grew up on Stovall Plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi, and by age 17 was playing the guitar and the harmonica, emulating local blues artists Son House and Robert Johnson.
He was recorded in Mississippi by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1941.
In the early 1950s, Muddy Waters and his band—Little Walter Jacobs on harmonica, Jimmy Rogers on guitar, Elga Edmonds (also known as Elgin Evans) on drums and Otis Spann on piano—recorded several blues classics, some with the bassist and songwriter Willie Dixon. These songs included "Hoochie Coochie Man," "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and "I'm Ready". In 1958, he traveled to England, laying the foundations of the resurgence of interest in the blues there. His performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960 was recorded and released as his first live album, At Newport 1960.

Muddy Waters' music has influenced various American music genres, including rock and roll and subsequently rock.

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