Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters

United States · Person · 1913–1983
McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 April 30, 1983), better known as 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 and the harmonica, emulating the 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 to become a full-time professional musician. In 1946, he recorded his first records for Columbia Records and then for Aristocrat Records, a newly formed label run by the brothers Leonard and Phil Chess. Read more »

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Hear Muddy Waters Discuss His Regrets in 1970

Muddy Waters wasn't a fan of discussing his music, but he did with Peter Guralnick for the author's landmark 1971 book Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock & Roll, which included profiles of rock and blues pioneers like Waters, Howlin'...

Muddy Waters: Got My Mojo Working

Hailing from Issaquena County, Mississippi (10 bucks to anyone who can prove they’ve actually been there), McKinley Morganfield—the man you know as Muddy Waters—spent the better part of the second half of the century becoming one of the greatest...


Live the Life
2008 Official Album
Hoochie Coochie Man
2005 Official Album
Louisiana Blues
2002 Official Album
Country Blues
2000 Official Album
Ol' Man Mud
2000 Official Album
Got My Mojo Working
2000 Official Album
Honey Bee
1999 Official Album
Master of the Blues
1997 Official Album

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