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Muddy Waters April 4, 1915 - April 30, 1983. Early Life. Birth name: McKinley Morganfield Born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi Lost his mother at the age of 3; raised by his grandmother Muddy Waters (nickname) given during childhood. Early Influences.

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early life
Early Life
  • Birth name: McKinley Morganfield
  • Born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi
  • Lost his mother at the age of 3; raised by his grandmother
  • Muddy Waters (nickname) given during childhood
early influences
Early Influences
  • Began playing harmonica at the age of 13; 4 years later he took up the guitar
  • Major influences were Son House and Robert Johnson
  • Style was classified as Delta Blues
    • Characterized by bottleneck style and the jagged, pulsating rhythms
    • Lyrics were dark, harsh, expressive, told of real life
    • Singers sang in a pain-filled manner
transitioning
Transitioning
  • Moved to Chicago in 1943
  • Worked as a truck driver while trying to make it as a musician
  • His song “I can’t be satisfied” launched the Chicago blues scene
his place in history
His place in history…
  • Ranked #17 on Rolling Stone’s list of Greatest artists of all time
  • His song “Rollin’ Stone” inspired the name for The Rolling Stones
  • Inspiration for: Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, and many more
  • Why was he important??
    • Helped bring blues out of the farm house and into the clubs and onto the radio
    • Moved the Delta blues style out of Mississippi
    • Began Chicago blues
    • Inspired the British beat explosion of the 60’s
place in history cont
Place in history (cont.)…
  • Also inspired Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton
terms
Terms
  • Delta Blues
  • Chicago Blues
  • Bottleneck Style Playing
  • “Blues”
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Delta Region of Mississippi

*Begins in Memphis and ends in Catfish Row