Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters

Today is the birthday of McKinley Morganfield (1913-1983). Performing and recording as Muddy Waters, Morganfield was perhaps the most influential Chicago bluesman of all time, largely through the agency of British and American blues and rock groups who covered his music. (The Rolling Stones are even named after one of his songs). Well known Muddy Waters songs include “I Can’t Be Satisfied”, “Rollin’ Stone”, “Baby Please Don’t Go”, “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man”, “Just Make Love to Me (I Just Want to Make Love to You)”, “I’m Ready”, “Mannish Boy”, “Rock Me”, “Got My Mojo Working”, and “You Shook Me” . And this list is far from comprehensive. Originally from Mississippi, he moved to Chicago in the early ’40s, and was making records by the end of the decade. His visit to England in 1958 helped launch the British blues boom that was to unspool throughout the sixties. Which in turn, helped him get gigs like this one in 1971, playing his 1955 hit “Mannish Boy”

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