About Blues Music: Muddy Waters (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983)
McKinley Morganfield, a.k.a. Muddy Waters, is the father of modern Chicago blues. He started out playing guitar at parties and was influenced by Son House and Robert Johnson. The most influential blues singers and guitar player to hit the Delta blues scene, Waters amplified the blues for crossover influence to rock bands and artists such as The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.
What is blues music about according to Muddy Waters: His blues was simple and steeped into Mississippi Delta traditions. “My blues looks so simple, so easy to do, but it’s not. They say my blues is the hardest blues in the world to play.”
How to gear up like Muddy Waters: To play like Muddy Waters, strap on an acoustic Gibson L-5 with a D’Armond Rhythm Chief pickup or try a Gibson Les Paul Gold Top.
Essential Blues music tracks from Muddy Waters: “I’m Ready,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” “Mannish Boy,” “Honey Bee”, “I Just Want to Make Love to You.”
Famous for playing with: Little Walter Jacobs, Jimmy Rogers, Elgin Evans, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, Johnny Winter
Well known covers: “You Shook Me (All Night Long)” AC/DC; “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin is lyrically based on “You Need Love”, “I Just Want to Make Love to You” by Foghat and Etta James; “Hoochie Coochie Man” by Allman Bros., Eric Clapton; Cream did “Rollin & Tumblin”
Listen to clips: Hoochie Coochie Man https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_l6A7krjrQ