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McKinley Morganfield, a.k.a. Muddy Waters

 

Muddy was quite simply the man who took amplified blues to the world and paved the way for Rock n Roll.

The following biography is from the very informative but frankly rather bizarre,

 

Muddy Waters Official Website                 

 

He was born McKinley Morganfield-Muddy Waters is a nickname given him in childhood-in the tiny hamlet of Rolling Fork, Mississippi, on April 4, 1915, but from the age of three, when his mother died, was raised by his maternal grandmother in Clarksdale, a small town one hundred miles to the north.

It is scarcely surprising then that the Delta region has nurtured a tradition of blues singing and playing that reflects the harsh, brutal life there, a music shot through with all the agonized tension, bitterness, stark power and raw passion of life lived at or near the brink of despair. Poised between life and death, the Delta bluesman gave vent to his terror, frustration, rage and passionate humanity in a music that was taut with dark, brooding force and spellbinding intensity that was jagged, harsh, raw as an open wound and profoundly, inexorably, moving. The great Delta blues musicians-Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson and, especially in Waters' case, the brilliant, tortured Robert Johnson-sang with a naked force, majesty and total conviction that make their music timeless and universal in its power to touch and move us deeply.

 

 

The first clip is Muddy in Rocky style with a superb band which included Otis Spann on piano and Paul Oscher on harmonica.

 

                                                       

Whilst this is Muddy more in the jazz idiom with Sonny Boy Williamson 2. Two quite different versions of the same song which was one of Muddy's signatures

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