Muddy Waters

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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 17 was playing the guitar at parties, 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 1943, he moved to Chicago with the hope of becoming a full-time professional musician, eventually recording, in 1946, first for Columbia Records and then for Aristocrat Records, a newly formed label run by the brothers Leonard and Phil Chess.

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

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

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 Got My Mojo Working / Rock Me Muddy Waters 1
1958 She's Nineteen Years Old / Close to You Muddy Waters 1
1962 You Need Love / Little Brown Bird Muddy Waters 1
1962 You Shook Me / Muddy Waters Twist Muddy Waters 1
1964 The Same Thing / You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had Muddy Waters 1
1973 Can't Get No Grindin' (What's the Matter With the Meal) / Garbage Man Muddy Waters 1
1988 Mannish Boy / I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man Muddy Waters 4 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 We Three Kings Muddy Waters / Little Walter / Howlin’ Wolf 1

Broadcast + Interview + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Boston Music Hall, Boston Ma. Feb 26 1977 Muddy Waters with James Cotton and Johnny Winter 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Live (At Mr. Kelly's) Muddy Waters 1
1996 Hoochie Coochie Man Muddy Waters 2
1997 King of the Electric Blues Muddy Waters 1
2000 Windy City Blues Muddy Waters 2
2012 The Blues Legend Masterpieces (32 Best Songs Remastered) Muddy Waters 1
1950 - 1952 Muddy Waters 1
Chess Years Muddy Waters 1
Deep Down in the Blues Muddy Waters 1
Father of Chicago Blues [Primo] Muddy Waters 1
Father of Chicago Blues [Primo] Muddy Waters 1
From Mississippi to Chicago Muddy Waters 1
Legends of the 20th century (disc 1) Muddy Waters 1
Louisiana Blues Muddy Waters 1
Mannish Boy Muddy Waters 1
Mississippi Muddy Waters 1
Nothing But The Blues - Muddy Waters Muddy Waters 2
Paris, 1972 Muddy Waters 1
Reflections With Jim Pewter Muddy Waters 1
The World of Muddy Waters / I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man Muddy Waters 1

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