Muddy Waters, born McKinley Morganfield, was a famous and well-admired American Blues singer born in 1913 in Mississippi. He is considered as the father of Chicago Blues, and is often cited as a major influence by early 60’s Blues/rock bands.
Muddy Waters was an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, though struggled in the early years to gain acceptance, particularly because he was black. Eventually he signed to the Aristocrat label in 1948 (which became Chess) and was at his professional peak during the mid 50’s however Chess rather forgot about him and for some 20 years little was recorded. In 1977 he signed for Blue Sky and had somewhat of a renaissance.
Muddy’s ‘They Call Me Muddy Waters’ gained a Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording. In subsequent years his albums and songs achieved Grammy Awards a number of times.
Muddy has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and four of his songs were listed under the category of ‘500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll’. The Blues Foundation Awards also honored Muddy .
Albums include "The Best of Muddy Waters", "At Newport 1960", "The Real Folk Blues", "More Real Folk Blues", "Electric Mud", "Hard Again", and "The Definitive Collection".
Muddy Waters died in his sleep in 1983.
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