Muddy Waters

~ Person

Legal name: McKinley Morganfield


McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician who is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues".

Muddy Waters grew up on Stovall Plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi and by age seventeen was playing the guitar at parties, emulating local blues artists Son House and Robert Johnson. He was recorded by Alan Lomax there for the Library of Congress in 1941. In 1943, he headed to Chicago with the hope of becoming a full-time professional musician, eventually recording, in 1946, for first Columbia and then Aristocrat Records, a newly formed label run by brothers Leonard and Phil Chess.

In the early 1950s, Muddy and his band, Little Walter Jacobs on harmonica, Jimmy Rogers on guitar, Elgin Evans on drums and Otis Spann on piano, recorded a series of blues classics, some with bassist/songwriter Willie Dixon, including "Hoochie Coochie Man", "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and "I'm Ready". In 1958, Muddy headed to England, helping to lay the foundations of the subsequent blues boom there, and in 1960 performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, recorded and released as his first live album, At Newport 1960.

Muddy's influence is tremendous, not just on blues and rhythm and blues but on rock 'n' roll, hard rock, folk, jazz, and country; his use of amplification is often cited as the link between Delta blues and rock 'n' roll.

  1. ^
  2. ^ Gordon pp. 4–5
  3. ^ Muddy Waters — Can't Be Satisfied (DVD, 2003). Winstar. 
  4. ^ "His thick heavy voice, the dark colouration of his tone, and his firm, almost solid, personality were all clearly derived from House," wrote music critic Peter Guralnick in Feel Like Going Home, "but the embellishments, which he added, the imaginative slide technique and more agile rhythms, were closer to Johnson."
  5. ^ Rolling Stone, October 5, 1978, "Muddy Waters: The Delta Son Never Sets", Robert Palmer, p. 55.
  6. ^ "Muddy Waters – Can't Be Satisfied – American Masters – PBS". Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "A Century of Champagne & Reefer". Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Rolling Stone, November 9, 1968. Quoted in "A Century of Champagne & Reefer". Retrieved 30 April 2013.
Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license



Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1964 Folk Singer Muddy Waters 10
1965 Going Way Back Muddy Waters 1
1966 Down on Stovall’s Plantation Muddy Waters 1
1967 The Super Super Blues Band Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley 3
1968 Electric Mud Muddy Waters 3
1969 Fathers and Sons Muddy Waters 6
1969 After the Rain Muddy Waters 4
1972 The London Muddy Waters Sessions Muddy Waters 5
1973 Can't Get No Grindin' Muddy Waters 1
1974 "Unk" in Funk Muddy Waters 3
1975 Woodstock Album Muddy Waters 2
1977 Hard Again Muddy Waters 7
1978 I'm Ready Muddy Waters 6
1981 King Bee Muddy Waters 5
1986 Muddy Waters Sings Big Bill Broonzy / Folk Singer Muddy Waters 1
1989 Muddy, Brass and the Blues Muddy Waters 1
1992 Super Blues Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters & Little Walter 1
1993 The Complete Plantation Recordings Muddy Waters 2
1995 Chicago Blues Masters, Volume 1 Muddy Waters & Memphis Slim 1
1995 Electric Mud & More Muddy Waters 1
1997 King of the Electric Blues Muddy Waters 1
1999 Honey Bee Muddy Waters 1
2000 Country Blues Muddy Waters 2
2000 Got My Mojo Working Muddy Waters 1
2000 Ol' Man Mud Muddy Waters 1
2002 Louisiana Blues Muddy Waters 1
2005 Hoochie Coochie Man Muddy Waters 1
2008 Live the Life Otis Spann with Muddy Waters & His Band 1
A Night In Boston Muddy Waters 1
Double Play Muddy Waters 1
Got My Mojo Working Muddy Waters 1
Hard Day Blues Muddy Waters 1
Master of the Blues Muddy Waters 1
Muddy Waters & Otis Spann: Collaboration Muddy Waters & Otis Spann 1
Rock Me Muddy Waters 1
Rollin' And Tumblin' And Other Classics Muddy Waters 1
The Muddy Waters Collection Muddy Waters 1
Trainfare Blues Muddy Waters 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 The Best of Muddy Waters Muddy Waters 3
1982 Blues Roots, Volume 11: I'm a Country Boy Muddy Waters 1
1983 In Memoriam Muddy Waters 1
1987 The Muddy Waters Collection: 20 Blues Greats Muddy Waters 1
1988 More Real Folk Blues Muddy Waters 2
1988 Hoochie Coochie Man Muddy Waters 3 2
1988 They Call Me Muddy Waters Muddy Waters 1
1988 They Call Me Muddy Waters: 16 Blues Classics Muddy Waters 1
1989 The Muddy Waters Story Muddy Waters 1
1989 The Chess Box Muddy Waters 1
1989 Trouble No More - Singles (1955-1959) Muddy Waters 1
1990 Chicago-London Muddy Waters 1

Showing official release groups by this artist. Show all release groups instead, or show various artists release groups.