Muddy Waters’s Best Songs As picked by the jam community, 2011–2015 Mannish Boy Muddy Waters. ‘I Can’t Be Satisfied’ was a great record; it churns along with plenty of the “rythm accompaniment” (sic) the label promised, though it was only Mud and his slide guitar, plus the slapping bass of Ernest “Big” Crawford. it was like being in the company of royalty! From 36 people Got My Mojo Workin' Muddy Waters. He’d recorded ‛Rollin’ And Tumblin’’ with Baby Face Leroy for the Parkway label in January, angering Aristocrat, who insisted he recut it for them weeks later. When Muddy toured the UK in 1958, in the original “Judas” moment, fans were shocked to see him rocking with an electric guitar. By the start of 1950, Muddy’s game was even tighter. On the flip is another landmark: ‘I Feel Like Going Home’. From the late 1950s on, he is identified as Muddy Waters. Singles. In 1972, The London Muddy Waters Sessions teamed him with Steve Winwood, Mitch Mitchell and Rory Gallagher, and featured ‛Key To The Highway’, which Muddy had first cut in 1958 with Little Walter. Though still one of the best Muddy Waters songs, “hit” may not be quite the right word. By the start of 1950, Muddy’s game was even tighter. On the plantation, he listened to the blues pioneers Robert Johnson and Son House, where picked up the guitar for himself, where he became a famous local musician. « 1 Single, ‘Paris’: How Supertramp Thrilled The City Of Light, ‘Squeeze Box’: The Who Hit Championed By Ronnie Lane, Lewis Capaldi, Texas Among Winners At Scottish Music Awards, Watch The Video For The Weeknd And Sabrina Claudio’s Festive Song, ‘Christmas Blues’, James Taylor Shares Video For ‘You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught’, Eminem Releases Limited-Edition ‘Marshall Mathers’-Themed Carhartt Collaboration, Lewis Capaldi Announces ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent: The Finale’ Deluxe LP. I got you covered! At the end of 1950, he began a run of five straight Top 10 R&B chart hits, the biggest of which was ‛Long Distance Call’, which found him in the company of harmonica star Little Walter (Muddy would play guitar on Walter’s best-known instrumental, ‘Juke’). Menu. ‛You Shook Me’ found the bluesman taking the unusual step of singing lyrics written by Willie Dixon and JB Lenoir over someone else’s record: the instrumental ‘Blue Guitar’ by Earl Hooker. He hollered the song with glee, though regret lurks in the lyrics: “I coulda had religion… Your email address will not be published. This was not folk blues. Both triggered cover versions galore, but Muddy’s premieres of the songs were definitive. Bands far richer than him stole his music, copied his style, even named themselves after his songs. McKinley Morganfield was born on 4 April 1913, 1914 or 1915 in Mississippi (poor black folk in the US south often didn’t adhere to the rules of registering births because society didn’t care if they lived or died). Muddy Waters covered Crawlin' Kingsnake, Strange Woman, I'm a King Bee, Down South Blues and other songs. Waters also hit his target by performing Mississippi Delta style blues, only electric, and the rest became history. He’d recorded ‛Rollin’ And Tumblin’’ with Baby Face Leroy for the Parkway label in January, angering Aristocrat, who insisted he recut it for them weeks later. Muddy Waters' first 78 rpm record in 1941 listed him using his birth name, McKinley Morganfield. Muddy made No.11 in this listing, a decent showing for an unknown guy releasing his first single for a newish label. Two years later, he signed to Blue Sky and cut Hard Again with producer-guitarist Johnny Winter. RockEra Magazine © 2015 | All rights reserved. Top 10 Lists are usually the same; in the rock genre, take a famous classic rock band from the 60’s or 70’s and you can easily make a list of their 10 greatest songs without thinking twice. Kindly, support and donate. Top Muddy Waters Songs. The Rolling Stones named themselves after one of his songs, and influenced an entire generation of British musicians like Led Zeppelin and Cream, and has won a few Grammy’s and is in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Either way, he has some real great rhythmic, gutsy songs. Lindsey Stirling - “Shatter Me” Album Review. At last Muddy would have a genuine pop chart entry to his name – No.51 in the UK (though unfortunately that was in 1988, 33 years after he released it). Required fields are marked *. From 55 people Champagne & Reefer Muddy Waters. Muddy Waters is the greatest Blues musician. But he remained proud, strong and fiercely individual… We’re talking about Muddy Waters – who else? i had the awesome fortune of meeting muddy, and hanging out with him in his dressing room when he played in boston back in 1975 or so. He hollered the song with glee, though regret lurks in the lyrics: “I coulda had religion/This bad old thing instead.” It’s almost ridiculous that his next single, his first on the fledgling Chess label (and the second on the label overall), was another record which had a lengthy afterlife: ‛Rollin’ Stone’ earns it place among the best Muddy Waters songs, thanks in part to having inspired a little-known band of similar name. He lived from 1915 till he left to Chicago in 1943. The world of blues (and music) was never the same again. The late 1940s–mid-1950s record releases by Aristocrat Records and Chess Records sometimes used "Muddy Waters and His Guitar" as well as Muddy Waters. They had their own chart (for which, read: “ghetto”) in which “race records” could compete. Everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Smith has since covered the song.