Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Muddy Waters
Album:The Chess Box
If you're going to talk about Chicago Blues, you're going to have to start with Muddy Waters. He was born McKinley Morganfield Apr. 4, 1915 in Rolling Fork, MS. He was discovered in 1941 on one of musicologist Alan Lomax's trips to the Misissippi Delta and moved to Chicago in 1943. With his band The Headhunters, he was probably the top blues artist in Chicago in the 50s. This 3CD Chess Box covers his recordings from 1947-72. 1955's Mannish Boy is one of Waters' best and was based on Willie Dixon's Hoochie Coochie Man. It was an answer to Bo Diddley's I'm A Man. Musicians are Little Walter on harmonica, Jimmy Rogers on guitar, Otis Spann on piano, Big Crawford on bass and Elgin Evans on drums. Waters plays slide guitar and growls out the vocals. Mannish Boy is a standard that has been covered by many rock acts. Like a lot of blues artists, Muddy Waters faded in the late 60s but returned stronger than ever in the late 70s until his death on Apr. 30, 1983 at age 68. Muddy Waters was one of the all time greats of modern music. Here's Muddy Waters performing Mannish Boy in Chicago in 1981.