Early Life• McKinley Morganfield was born April 4th1915 in Rolling Fork Mississippi. Raisedby his Grandmother -mother died at theage of three.• Working as a farm laborer for severalyears at the age of 13 he began to playand master the harmonica. Later hewould switch to the bottleneck guitar• Waters was first recorded in 1941 whenAlan Lomax visited him for the folk songcollection of the Library of Congress.
Early Career• In 1943 Muddy Waters moved to Chicago and neverlooked back. He would begin by playing house partiesand small taverns across the slums of the City• Working as a truck driver he was able to persuade theowners of the small independent records to sign andbegin to record his first songs• Waters scored his first hit the singles in 1948 with “ICant Be Satisfied” and “I Feel Like Going Home” andhis career began to take off.
Rise to Prominence• Assembled one of the most acclaimed bands of blues historyin America with Little Walter on harmonica, Crawford on theBass Water’s Bottleneck Guitar and later Jimmy Rodgers.• He would then subsequently begin to make some of hisbiggest hits with "I Just Want To Make Love To You,""Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Im Ready" (1954), "Just To BeWith You" (1956) and several others• All throughout the 50s Waters’ sound would be one thedominant post war blues styles. Many would go on toemulate his style and artists that worked with him would goon to have wild success.
Late Career• The 50’s gave way to the 60s and the once popularblues sounds began to take a backseat to the variousforms of modern black dance music• A new young white middle class audience wouldbecome enchanted with blues along with the bluesboom in Britain keeping Water’s music popular.• He would continue to perform uninterrupted until hedied quietly in his sleep on April 30th 1983 in Westmont,Illinois
Musical Style of Muddy Waters• Was a modern Bluesicon singing "Mississippi-Delta" styled music• Came out with a 78-rpmsingle (1948) thatcontained instant hitsongs such as "I CantBe Satisfied" and "I FeelLike Going Home"
Why Was Muddy Waters Successfulwith His Music Style?• Muddy Waters use of guitar amplification was a newtechnique in the 1950s• This new style of music accompanied by the sharp,powerful, exciting vocals of Muddy Waters dragged inlisteners• The postwar Blues that he sang with a touch ofbitterness in his voice hit home to audiences around thecountry• He expressed the emotions of many in the South withhis characteristic, pain-filled voice
Timeline Continued• In the mid-1950s Waters song-writing was almoststrictly urban• He was accompanied throughout the rest of hiscareer by multiple now-famous artists, all whoadapted to his postwar Blues style and learned fromhim• Many successful pianists, guitarists, harmonic playersand singers owe their careers to the deep, powerfulsinging and pain-driven, exceptional guitar playing ofthe great Muddy Waters
Influences on Muddy Waters• Main influences on Muddy Waterso Son House, Robert Johnson - Delta "bottleneck"style of guitar playing that Waters picked up aroundage 13 Johnson influence can be heard in Waters earliercommercial recordings Delta blues musicians had influence on Waters voice• Delta blues musicians include Charley Patton, RobertJohnson, Son House, Tommy Johnson• Charlie Pattono Muddy Waters listened to Pattons records a lotwhen he was young
Muddy Waters Influence onR&R/Blues• Eric Claptono said in an interview with NPR that he was greatlyinfluenced by Waters guitar playing - its what kept himplaying• The Rolling Stoneso Named their band after Waters hit "Rollin Stone"• Rolling Stone magazineo Also named after Waters song "Rollin Stone"• Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Otis Rusho Among other artists who have been influenced byWaters style• Bob Dylans hit "Like a Rolling Stone"