The Father of Chicago Modern Blues: Muddy Waters

2 Posted by - October 13, 2018 - BLACK MEN, ENTERTAINMENT, LATEST POSTS, MUSIC

() was born on April 4, 1915, in Rolling Fork, Mississippi.  Waters is best known for being a highly talented singer and guitarist.  At the young age of 3, Waters’ mother died and he was sent to live with his grandmother. Waters’ grandmother, Della Grant, raised him after his mother died. She was the one to give him the name nickname “Muddy” because he loved to play in the muddy water of nearby Deer Creek.  By the age of five he had mastered how to play the harmonica. He received his first guitar at the age of 17 and taught himself how to play by listening to great legends of the Mississippi blues.

In 1943, Waters decided that Chicago, Illinois, was the place to be, the music in the city at the time was taking an impressive shape over the young generation. While in Chicago, he received an electric guitar from his uncle; this guitar helped him develop the legendary style of rustic blues of Mississippi with the urban vibe of the big city. Waters held a job during the day as at the paper mill, and was working to make a name for himself in the blues scene at night. He soon started making records for big companies such as Colombia and Aristocrat; however it was not until Aristocrat became Chess Records that Waters career took off.

By 1951, Muddy Waters had established a full band with Otis Spann, Little Walter,  Jimmy Rogers, and Elgin Evans. It was not until his performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960 that he caught the attention of a new group of fans; it was one of the biggest highs in his career. Waters continued to record with rock musicians throughout the 1960s and ’70s, and won his first Grammy Award in 1971 for the album They Call me Muddy Waters. Water’s suffered a heart attack in 1983 and died in Downers Grove, Illinois.




  • Lyndia Black October 15, 2018 - 1:02 pm Reply

    Leonard Chess and his bother, reaped a lot of money off of Black blues players. I should not say reaped, stole a lot of money, would be more accurate. Howlin Wolf, tried to get Muddy, to leave but he wouldn’t. However, Muddy Waters were one of the GREATS. I got my mo jo working, but it just won’t work on you. My man, Muddy.

  • Velma Phlegm Watson October 17, 2018 - 2:12 pm Reply

    Yes we knew this which was common back for Blacks to lose their profits dealing with the profit takers. I read where Duke Ellington and his group went through so much of the same.

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