Grant gave him the nickname "Muddy" at an early age because he loved to play in the muddy water of nearby Deer Creek. Paul Jones (born Paul Pond, 24 February 1942) is an English singer, actor, harmonica player, radio personality and television presenter.  His style of playing has been described as "raining down Delta beatitude"..  The complete recordings were reissued by Chess Records on CD as Muddy Waters: The Complete Plantation Recordings. The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African-American Vaudeville, 1889–1926. , American blues singer and guitarist (1913-1983), "His thick heavy voice, the dark colouration of his tone, and his firm, almost solid, personality were all clearly derived from House," wrote the music historian, CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (, sfn error: no target: CITEREFO'NealVan_Singel2002 (, sfn error: no target: CITEREFWhitburn1996 (, Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording, "Muddy Waters: Celebrating a Great Blues Musician", "What's on View at the Delta Blues Museum", "Ebony, Chicago, Southern, and Harlem: The Mayo Williams Indies", "Show 4 – The Tribal Drum: The Rise of Rhythm and Blues. The best who has ever lived, simply the sensational, This man is the reason I now love the blues. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1970 Vinyl release of The World's Greatest Blues Singer on Discogs. Muddy Waters's band became a proving ground for some of the city's best blues talent, with members of the ensemble going on to successful careers of their own. Easily #1. SRV had style, tone, passion, knew when to play and not, soul, a voice that matched his guitar skills and if you ever watched him I swear the man sweated quarter notes! "I sold the last horse that we had. In 1988 "Mannish Boy" was also used in a Levi's 501 commercial and re-released in Europe as a single with "(I'm your) Hoochie Coochie Man" on the flip side. The next morning we were in the headlines of the paper, 'Screaming Guitar and Howling Piano'. Hank Williams Jr. is the original writer of "Blues Man" he also preformed it and his song released Jan. 1, 1980 George Jones made a remake of the …  In the 1930s and 1940s, before his rise to fame, the year of his birth was reported as 1913 on his marriage license, recording notes, and musicians' union card. The Rolling Stones even named their band after one of Water's most prominent tracks "Rollin' Stone". Although I think Robert Johnson is the best, I'm going to put Willie up some more. In the early 1930s, Muddy Waters accompanied Big Joe Williams on tours of the Delta, playing harmonica. Factory. Thurman. B. Lenoir. , In 1981, Muddy Waters was invited to perform at ChicagoFest, the city's top outdoor music festival. , In 1981 ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons went to visit the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale with The Blues magazine founder Jim O'Neal. He won another Grammy for his last LP on Chess Records: The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album, recorded in 1975 with his new guitarist Bob Margolin, Pinetop Perkins, Paul Butterfield, and Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of the Band. In August 1941, Alan Lomax went to Stovall, Mississippi, on behalf of the Library of Congress to record various country blues musicians. 1! In this modern world there aren't many original blues artists.  1955 saw the departure of Jimmy Rogers, who quit to work exclusively with his own band, which had been a sideline until that time. He was one of the first Blues artists I was introduced to and fell in love with but I've heard so so many more amazing artists since. Gaining custody of his three children, Joseph, Renee, and Rosalind, he moved them into his home, eventually buying a new house in Westmont, Illinois. The people ordered them from Sears-Roebuck in Chicago. A lot could also be said of Robert Johnson as far as being equally ...more, He should be number one. Is he the best? "These boys are top musicians, they can play with me, put the book before 'em and play it, you know," he told Guralnick. "Midnight Special " puts him onto the top ten alone.  The remains of the cabin on Stovall Plantation where he lived in his youth are now at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Underrated and the best blues singer in my opinion. , Later in 1969, he recorded and released the album Fathers and Sons, which featured a return to his classic Chicago blues sound. Throngs of blues musicians and fans attended his funeral at Restvale Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois. In 1971, a show at Mister Kelly's, an upmarket Chicago nightclub, was recorded and released, signalling both Muddy Waters's return to form and the completion of his transfer to white audiences. Muddy was dissatisfied by the results, due to the British musicians' more rock-oriented sound.  1956 also saw the release of one of his best-known numbers, "Got My Mojo Working", although it did not appear on the charts. In 1972, he won his first Grammy Award, for Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording for They Call Me Muddy Waters, a 1971 album of old, but previously unreleased recordings.  He was recorded in Mississippi by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1941. Both albums were the brainchild of Chess Records producer Norman Dayron, and were intended to showcase Chicago blues musicians playing with the younger British rock musicians whom they had inspired. McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), known professionally as Muddy Waters, was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician who was an important figure in the post- war blues scene, and is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues ". A 1955 interview in the Chicago Defender is the earliest in which he stated 1915 as the year of his birth, and he continued to say this in interviews from that point onward. In 1946, Muddy recorded some songs for Mayo Williams at Columbia Records, with an old-fashioned combo consisting of clarinet, saxophone and piano; they were released a year later with Ivan Ballen's Philadelphia-based 20th Century label, billed as James "Sweet Lucy" Carter and his Orchestra – Muddy Waters' name was not mentioned on the label. He's crossed all genres of music, and has such passion and respect when he performes. He had / has charisma. Blues of Desperation, Driving Toward The Daylight, Different Shades Of Blue! It was profound guitar playing, deep and simple ... more country blues transposed to the electric guitar, the kind of playing that enhanced the lyrics, gave profundity to the words themselves.". , In the 1960s, Muddy Waters' performances continued to introduce a new generation to Chicago blues. Best of 2019: Sure, 'Blues the vote!' It was a Stella. Cropper provided guitar for both the original Sam and Dave recording as … His performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960 was recorded and released as his first live album, At Newport 1960. I was a good Baptist, singing in the church. King Riley B. Muddy Waters do have music that sound likes the 60s and 70s listen to Mannish Boy from Hard Again. He remained faithful to the commitment he made to it. Muddy Waters toured England with Spann in 1958, where they were backed by local Dixieland-style or "trad jazz" musicians, including members of Chris Barber's band. Love Joe Bonamassa, beautiful guitar player and a wonderful voice! . Kind of a clinger, To sad old songs. , On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Muddy Waters among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire. In 1958, he traveled to England, laying the foundations of the resurgence of interest in the blues there. "He brought his stuff down and recorded me right in my house," Muddy told Rolling Stone magazine, "and when he played back the first song I sounded just like anybody's records. The lead singer is Rob "The Honeydripper" Paparozzi, and they are frequently joined by The performance was made available on DVD in 2009 by Shout! This guy is a 1 man orchestra. Gibbons eventually converted the wood into a guitar. He stated that he was born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, in 1915, but other evidence suggests that he was born in Jug's Corner, in neighboring Issaquena County, in 1913. He didn't need an instrument to make you feel the blues, just listen to some of his acapella. Soul, Skill, Style and he is Smooth! The 4 blues artist I said I like just as much as the rock ...more. He felt obliged to electrify his sound in Chicago because, he said, "When I went into the clubs, the first thing I wanted was an amplifier. Slow Gin is my favorite song! Both sessions were eventually released by Testament Records as Down on Stovall's Plantation.  In October 1963, Muddy Waters participated in the first of several annual European tours, organized as the American Folk Blues Festival, during which he also performed more acoustic-oriented numbers..  Korner and Davies' own groups included musicians who would later form the Rolling Stones (named after Muddy's 1950 hit "Rollin' Stone"), Cream, and the original Fleetwood Mac. Wake up people! Scratchy and deep and completely filled with personality. Lyrics to 'The Blues Man' by Hank Williams Jr.: I'm just a singer, A natural-born guitar ringer. , In 2008, a Mississippi Blues Trail marker has been placed in Clarksdale, Mississippi, by the Mississippi Blues Commission designating the site of Muddy Waters' cabin. If you are not truly inspired in any sense of the word.  Big Bill Broonzy, then one of the leading bluesmen in Chicago, had Muddy open his shows in the rowdy clubs where Broonzy played. Too bad he died at the age of 35.R.I.P. Simply the most powerful, most original and best blues artist of all time. "Inside Poor Monkey's", Southern Spaces, June 22, … Singer/guitarist Tony McPhee was a blues obsessed kid who formed 1960s band The Groundhogs. Very underrated.  Eric Clapton served as best man at their wedding in 1979. , Muddy Waters and his longtime wife, Geneva Wade (a first cousin of R. L. Burnside) were married in Lexington, Mississippi, in 1940. ReverbNation is not affiliated with , In 1943, Muddy Waters headed to Chicago with the hope of becoming a full-time professional musician. Gradually, Chess relented, and by September 1953 he was recording with one of the most acclaimed blues groups in history: Little Walter Jacobs on harmonica, Jimmy Rogers on guitar, Elga Edmonds (also known as Elgin Evans) on drums, and Otis Spann on piano. Louis Blues,” which Handy wrote at Pee Wee Saloon, a Memphis bar, in 1914 The album was a follow-up to the previous year's The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions. (Â°_Â°). I was definitely too loud for them. These were also shelved, but in 1948, "I Can't Be Satisfied" and "I Feel Like Going Home" became hits, and his popularity in clubs began to take off. In 1912 Black bandleader W.C.  The album proved controversial; although it reached number 127 on the Billboard 200 album chart, it was scorned by many critics, and eventually disowned by Muddy Waters himself: That Electric Mud record I did, that one was dogshit. 6th place... What a shame, should be number one. Years later, he traveled to Florida and met his future wife, 19-year-old Marva Jean Brooks, whom he nicknamed "Sunshine".  They come from different eras and include styles such as ragtime-vaudeville, Delta and country blues, and urban styles from Chicago and the West Coast.