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Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters was the single most important artist to emerge in post-war American blues. A peerless singer, a gifted songwriter, an able guitarist, and leader of one of the strongest bands in the genre (which became a proving ground for a number of musicians who would become legends in their own right), Waters absorbed the influences of rural blues from the Deep South and moved them uptown, injecting his music with a fierce, electric energy and helping pioneer the Chicago Blues style that would come to dominate the music through the 1950s, ‘60s, and '70s. The depth of Waters' influence on rock as well as blues is almost incalculable, and remarkably, he made some of his strongest and most vital recordings in the last five years of his life.

Waters was born McKinley Morganfield, and historians argue about some details of his early life; while he often told reporters he was born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi on April 4, 1915, researchers have uncovered census records and personal documents that would pin the year of his birth at 1913 or 1914, and others have cited the place of his birth as Jug's Corner, a town in Mississippi's Issaquena County. What is certain is that Morganfield's mother died when he just three years old, and from then on he was raised on the Stovall Plantation in Clarksdale, Mississippi by his grandmother, Della Grant. Grant is said to have given young Morganfield the nickname "Muddy" because he liked to play in the mud as a boy, and the name stuck, with "Water" and "Waters" being tacked on a few years later. The rural South was a hotbed for the blues in the '20s and ‘30s, and young Muddy became entranced with the music when he discovered a neighbor had a phonograph and records by the likes of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lonnie Johnson, and Tampa Red.

As Muddy became more deeply immersed in the blues, he took up the harmonica; he was performing locally at parties and fish fries by the age of 13, sometimes with guitarist Scott Bohanner, who lived and worked in Stovall. In his early teens, Muddy was introduced to the sound of contemporary Delta blues artists, such as Son House, Robert Johnson, and Charley Patton; their music inspired Waters to switch instruments, and he bought a guitar when he was 17, learning to play in the bottleneck style. Within a few years, he was performing on his own and with a local string band, the Son Simms Four; he also opened a juke joint on the Stovall grounds, where fellow sharecroppers could listen to music, enjoy a drink or a snack, and gamble. Waters became a fixture in Mississippi, performing with the likes of Big Joe Williams and Robert Nighthawk, and in the late summer of 1941, musical archivists Alan Lomax and John Work III arrived in Mississippi with a portable recording rig, eager to document local blues talent for the Library of Congress (it's said they were hoping to locate Robert Johnson, only to learn he had died three years earlier). Lomax and Work were strongly impressed with Waters, and recorded several sides of him performing in his juke joint; two of the songs were released as a 78, and when Waters received two copies of the single and $20 from Lomax, it encouraged him to seriously consider a professional career. In July 1943, Lomax returned to record more material with Waters; these early sessions with Lomax were collected on the album Down On Stovall's Plantation in 1966, and a 1994 reissue of the material, The Complete Plantation Recordings, won a Grammy award.

In 1943, Waters decided to pull up stakes and relocate to Chicago, Illinois in hopes of making a living off his music. (He moved to St. Louis for a spell in 1940, but didn't care for it.) Waters drove a truck and worked at a paper plant by day, and at night struggled to make a name for himself, playing house parties and any bar that would have him. Big Bill Broonzy reached out to Waters and helped him land better gigs; Muddy had recently switched to electric guitar to be better heard in noisy clubs, which added a new power to his cutting slide work. By 1946, Waters had come to the attention of Okeh Records, who took him into the studio to record but chose not to release the results. A session that same year for 20th Century Records resulted in just one tune being issued as the B-side of a James "Sweet Lucy" Carter release, but Waters fared better with Aristocrat Records, a Chicago-based label founded by brothers Leonard and Phil Chess. The Chess Brothers began recording Waters in 1947, and while a few early sides with Sunnyland Slim failed to make an impression, his second single for Aristocrat as a headliner, "I Can't Be Satisfied" b/w "(I Feel Like) Goin' Home," became a significant hit and launched Waters as a star on the Chicago blues scene.

Initially, the Chess Brothers recorded Waters with trusted local musicians (including Earnest "Big" Crawford and Alex Atkins), but for his live work, Waters had recruited a band which included Little Walter on harmonica, Jimmy Rogers on guitar, and Baby Face Leroy Foster on drums (later replaced by Elgin Evans), and in person, Waters and his group earned their reputation as the most powerful blues band in town, with Waters' passionate vocals and guitar matched by the force of his combo. By the early '50s, the Chess Brothers (who had changed the name of their label from Aristocrat to Chess Records in 1950) began using Waters' stage band in the studio, and Little Walter in particular became a favorite with blues fans and a superb foil for Waters. Otis Spann joined Waters' group on piano in 1953, and he would become the anchor for the band well into the '60s, after Little Walter and Jimmy Rogers had left to pursue solo careers. In the '50s, Waters released some of the most powerful and influential music in the history of electric blues, scoring hits with numbers like "Rollin' and Tumblin,'" "I'm Ready," "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man," "Mannish Boy," "Trouble No More," "Got My Mojo Working," and "I Just Want to Make Love to You" which made him a frequent presence on the R&B charts.

By the end of the '50s, while Waters was still making fine music, his career was going into a slump. The rise of rock & roll had taken the spotlight away from more traditional blues acts in favor of younger and rowdier acts (ironically, Waters had headlined some of Alan Freed's early "Moondog" package shows), and Waters' first tour of England in 1958 was poorly received by many U.K. blues fans, who were expecting an acoustic set and were startled by the ferocity of Waters' electric guitar. Waters began playing more acoustic music informed by his Mississippi Delta heritage in the years that followed, even issuing an album titled Muddy Waters: Folk Singer in 1964. However, the jolly irony was that British blues fans would soon rekindle interest in Waters and electric Chicago blues; as the rise of the British Invasion made the world aware of the U.K. rock scene, the nascent British blues scene soon followed, and a number of Waters' U.K. acolytes became international stars, such as Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Alexis Korner, and a modestly successful London act who named themselves after Muddy's 1950 hit "Rollin' Stone." While Waters was still leading a fine band that delivered live (and included the likes of Pinetop Perkins on piano and James Cotton on harmonica), Chess Records was moving more toward the rock, soul, and R&B marketplace, and seemed eager to market him to white rock fans, a notion that reached its nadir in 1968 with Electric Mud, in which Waters was paired up with a psychedelic rock band (featuring guitarists Pete Cosey and Phil Upchurch) for rambling and aimless jams on Waters' blues classics. 1969's Fathers and Sons was a more inspired variation on this theme, with Waters playing alongside reverential white blues rockers such as Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield; 1971's The London Muddy Waters Sessions was less impressive, featuring fine guitar work from Rory Gallagher but uninspired contributions from Steve Winwood, Rick Grech, and Georgie Fame.

Curiously, while Chess Records helped Waters make some of the finest blues records of the '50s and ‘60s, it was the label's demise that led to his creative rebirth. In 1969, the Chess Brothers sold the label to General Recorded Tape, and the label went through a long, slow commercial decline, finally folding in 1975. (Waters would become one of several Chess artists who sued the label for unpaid royalties in its later years.) Johnny Winter, a longtime Waters fan, heard the blues legend was without a record deal, and was instrumental in getting Waters signed to Blue Sky Records, a CBS-distributed label that had become his recording home. Winter produced the sessions for Waters' first Blue Sky release, and sat in with a band comprised of members of Waters' road band (including Bob Margolin and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith) along with James Cotton on harp and Pinetop Perkins on piano. 1977's Hard Again was a triumph, sounding as raw and forceful as Waters' classic Chess sides, with a couple extra decades of experience informing his performances, and it was rightly hailed as one of the finest albums Waters ever made while sparking new interest in his music. (It also earned him a Grammy award for Best Traditional or Ethnic Folk Recording.) Waters also dazzled music fans when he appeared at the Band's celebrated farewell concert on Thanksgiving 1976 at the invitation of Levon Helm, who had helped produce one of his last Chess releases, The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album. Muddy delivered a stunning performance of "Mannish Boy" that became one of the highlights of Martin Scorsese's 1978 concert film The Last Waltz. Between Hard Again and The Last Waltz, Waters enjoyed a major career boost, and he found himself touring again for large and enthusiastic crowds, sharing stages with the likes of Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones, and cutting two more well-received albums with Winter as producer, 1978's I'm Ready and 1981's King Bee, as well as a solid 1979 concert set, Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live. Waters' health began to fail him in 1982, and his final live appearance came in the fall of that year, when he sang a few songs at an Eric Clapton show in Florida. Waters died quietly of heart failure at his home in Westmont, Illinois on April 30, 1983. Since then, both Chicago and Westmont have named streets in Muddy's honor, he's appeared on a postage stamp, a marker commemorates the site of his childhood home in Clarksdale, and he appeared as a character in the 2008 film Cadillac Records, played by Jeffrey Wright. ~ Mark Deming
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Blues Routes Muddy Waters

1. Baby Please Don't Go

2. Rollin' And Tumblin'

3. Hoochie Coochie Man

4. Forty Days And Forty Nights

5. All Night Long

6. Walkin' Thru The Park

7. Standin' Around Cryin'

8. Rollin' Stone

9. I Feel So Good

10. Rock Me Baby

11. 19 Years Old

12. Goin' Home

13. She Moves Me

15. Long Distance Call (Live)

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Track List: You Shook Me: The Chess Masters, Vol. 3 - 1958 To 1963

Disc 1

1. Walking Thru The Park

2. Blues Before Sunrise

3. Mean Mistreater

4. Crawlin' Kingsnake

5. Lonesome Road Blues

6. Mopper's Blues

7. Take The Bitter With The Sweet

8. She's Into Something

9. Southbound Train

10. Just A Dream (On My Mind)

11. I Feel So Good

12. Hey, Hey

13. Love Affair

14. Recipe For Love

15. Baby, I Done Got Wise

16. Tell Me Baby

17. When I Get To Thinking

18. Double Trouble

19. Woman Wanted

20. Read Way Back

21. I'm Your Doctor

22. Deep Down In My Heart

23. Tiger In Your Tank

24. Soon Forgotten

25. Meanest Woman

26. I Got My Brand On You

Disc 2

1. I Got My Brand On You (Live)

2. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man (Live)

3. Baby Please Don't Go (Live)

4. Soon Forgotten (Live)

5. (I Wanna Put A) Tiger In Your Tank (Live)

6. I Feel So Good (Live)

7. Got My Mojo Working, Part 1 (Live)

8. Got My Mojo Working, Part 2 (Live)

9. Goodbye Newport Blues (Live)

10. Real Love

11. Lonesome Bedroom Blues

12. Messin' With The Man

13. Going Home

14. Down By The Deep Blue Sea

15. Muddy Waters Twist

16. Tough Times

17. You Shook Me

18. You Need Love

19. Little Brown Bird

20. Sweet Black Angel (AKA Black Angel Blues (Instrumental))

21. Five Long Years

22. Brown Skin Woman

23. Twenty Four Hours

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Track List: Singles 1955-1959

1. Trouble No More

2. Don't Go No Further

3. Close To You

4. Sugar Sweet

5. I Love The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love

6. All Aboard

7. Rock Me

8. Got My Mojo Working

9. Take The Bitter With The Sweet

10. She's Got It

11. Mean Mistreater

12. She's Into Something

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Track List: Legacy

1. Mannish Boy

2. Rock Me

4. Louisiana Blues

5. She's Into Something

6. Diamonds At Your Feet

7. Still a Fool

9. Forty Days and Forty Nights

10. Good News

11. Close to You

12. Blow Wind Blow

13. Honey Bee

14. She's Nineteen Years Old

15. Got My Mojo Working

16. I Feel Like Going Home

17. You're Gonna Miss Me

18. I Won't Go On

19. Don't Go No Further

20. Rolling Stone

21. Mad Love

22. Trouble No More

23. Walking Thru the Park

24. I'm Ready

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Track List: Live In Paris '76

2. Key To The Highway

3. They Call Me Muddy Waters

6. Honey Bee

7. Walkin Blues

8. Rollin' & Tumblin'

13. I Love The Life I Live (I Live The Life I Love)

14. Don't Go No Farther

17. Got My Mojo Working

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Track List: Delta Mudslide Blues

1. Don't Go No Further

2. Feel Like Going Home

3. Lonesome Day

4. You Don't Have To Go

5. Mean Mistreater

6. Rock Me

8. Smokestack Lightnin'

9. Born Lover

10. Cold Weather Blues

11. Sad Letter

12. Howling Wolf

13. My Home Is In The Delta

14. Deep Down In My Heart

15. She's Got It

16. Close To You

17. They Call Me Muddy Waters

18. Country Boy

19. Trouble No More

20. County Jail

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Track List: Live At The Fillmore 1966

1. Forty Days And Forty Nights (Live At The Fillmore)

2. Hoochie Coochie Man (Live At The Fillmore)

3. Rock Me (Live At The Fillmore)

4. Baby Please Don't Go (Live At The Fillmore)

5. She Moves Me (Live At The Fillmore)

6. Got My Mojo Working (Live At The Fillmore)

7. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had (Live At The Fillmore)

8. Forty Days And Forty Nights (Live At The Fillmore)

9. Baby Please Don't Go (Live At The Fillmore)

10. Thirteen Highway (Live At The Fillmore)

11. Rock Me (Live At The Fillmore)

12. Honey Bee (Live At The Fillmore)

13. Trouble No More (Live At The Fillmore)

14. Hoochie Coochie Man (Live At The Fillmore)

15. Long Distance Call (Live At The Fillmore)

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Track List: All Night Long Live!

1. Country Boy (Live)

2. Baby Please Don't Go (Live)

3. Hoochie Coochie Man (Live)

4. Tiger In Your Tank (Live)

5. She's Nineteen Years Old (Live)

6. County Jail (Live)

7. Long Distance Call (Live)

8. Rock Me Baby (Live)

9. Trouble No More (Live)

10. Rosalie (Live)

11. Rollin' And Tumblin' (Live)

12. I Feel Like Going Home (Live)

13. Can't Get No Grindin' (What's The Matter With The Mill) (Live)

14. Honey Bee (Live)

15. The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll (Live)

16. Got My Mojo Working (Live)

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Track List: The Collection (3 Pak)

Disc 1

1. Mannish Boy

2. Bus Driver

3. I Want To Be Loved #2

4. Jealous Hearted Man

5. I Can't Be Satisfied

6. The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll

7. Deep Down In Florida

8. Crosseyed Cat

9. Little Girl

10. Walkin' Thru The Park

Disc 2

1. I'm Ready

2. 33 Years

3. Who Do You Trust

4. Copper Brown

5. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man

6. Mamie

7. Rock Me

8. Screamin' And Cryin'

9. Good Morning Little School Girl

10. No Escape From The Blues

11. That's Alright

12. Lonely Man Blues

Disc 3

1. I'm A King Bee

2. Too Young To Know

3. Mean Old Frisco Blues

4. Forever Lonely

5. I Feel Like Going Home

6. Champagne & Reefer

7. Sad Sad Day

8. (My Eyes) Keep Me In Trouble

9. Deep Down In Florida #2

10. No Escape From The Blues

11. I Won't Go On

12. Clouds In My Heart

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Track List: Muddy Waters 1950-1952

1. You're Gonna Need My Help I Said

2. Sad Letter Blues

4. Appealing Blues (Hello Little Girl)

5. Louisiana Blues

6. Evans Shuffle (Ebony Boogie)

7. Long Distance Call

8. Too Young To Know

9. Honey Bee

10. Howlin' Wolf

12. She Moves Me

13. My Fault

14. Still A Fool

15. They Call Me Muddy Waters

16. All Night Long

19. Lonesome Day

20. Please Have Mercy

21. Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man

22. Standing Around Crying

23. Gone To Main Street

24. Iodine In My Coffee

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Track List: Baby Please Don't Go

1. She Moves Me

2. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had

3. All Aboard

4. Baby Please Don't Go

6. Mean Mistreater

7. 40 Days And Forty Nights

8. Rollin' And Tumblin'

9. I'm Ready

10. Goin' Home

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Track List: Martin Scorcese Presents The Blues: Muddy Waters

1. Country Blues, Number One

2. Burying Ground Blues

3. I Can't Be Satisfied

4. Rollin’ And Tumblin’, Part 1

5. Rollin' Stone

6. Louisiana Blues

7. Long Distance Call

8. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man

9. I Just Want To Make Love To You

10. Mannish Boy

11. Trouble No More

12. Rock Me

13. Got My Mojo Working

14. You Shook Me

15. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had

16. The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll

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Track List: Hoochie Coochie Man

2. Baby Please Don't Go (Live)

3. Hoochie Coochie Man (Live)

5. 19 Years Old (Live)

6. County Jail

7. Long Distance Call (Live)

8. Rock Me Baby

9. Sweet Little Angel

10. Rosalie

12. Early Morning Blues

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Track List: The Anthology

Disc 1

1. Gypsy Woman

2. I Can't Be Satisfied

3. I Feel Like Going Home

4. Train Fare Home Blues

5. Mean Red Spider

6. Standin' Here Tremblin'

7. You Gonna Need My Help

8. Little Geneva

9. Rollin’ And Tumblin’, Part 1

10. Rollin' Stone

11. Walkin' Blues

12. Louisiana Blues

13. Long Distance Call

14. Honey Bee

15. Country Boy

16. She Moves Me

17. Still A Fool

18. Stuff You Gotta Watch

19. Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone

20. Standin' Around Cryin'

21. Baby Please Don't Go

22. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man

23. I Just Want To Make Love To You

24. I'm Ready

25. Young Fashioned Ways

26. I Want To Be Loved

Disc 2

1. My Eyes (Keep Me In Trouble)

2. Mannish Boy

3. Sugar Sweet

4. Trouble No More

5. Forty Days And Forty Nights

6. Just To Be With You

7. Don't Go No Further

8. Diamonds At Your Feet

9. I Love The Life I Live (I Live The Life I Love)

10. Got My Mojo Working

11. Rock Me

12. Look What You've Done

13. She's Nineteen Years Old

14. Close To You

15. Walking Thru The Park

16. Take The Bitter With The Sweet

17. I Feel So Good (Live)

18. You Shook Me

19. My Home Is In The Delta

20. Good Morning Little School Girl

21. The Same Thing

22. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had

23. All Aboard (Fathers And Sons)

24. Can't Get No Grindin'

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Track List: Fathers And Sons (Remastered & Revisited)

1. All Aboard (Single Version)

2. Mean Disposition

3. Blow Wind Blow

4. Can't Lose What You Never Had

5. Walkin' Thru The Park

6. Forty Days And Forty Nights

7. Standin' Round Cryin'

8. I'm Ready

9. Twenty Four Hours

10. Sugar Sweet

11. Country Boy

12. I Love The Life I Live (I Live The Life I Love)

13. Oh Yeah

14. I Feel So Good

15. Long Distance Call (Live (1969 Super Cosmic Jamboree))

16. Baby Please Don't Go (Live)

17. Honey Bee (Live (1969/Chicago))

18. The Same Thing (Live (1969/Super Cosmic Joy-Scout Jamboree))

19. Got My Mojo Working, Part 1 (Live At The Super Cosmic Joy-Scout Jamboree, Chicago, Illinois/1969)

20. Got My Mojo Working, Part 2 (Live (1969/Chicago))

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Track List: Ol' Man Mud

2. Jitterbug Blues

3. Hard Day Blues

4. Burying Ground Blues

5. Gypsy Woman

6. Little Anna Mae

7. Good Lookin' Woman

8. Mean Disposition

9. I Can't Be Satisfied

10. Feel Like Going Home

11. Train Fare Home

13. Down South Blues

14. Sittin' Here Drinkin'

15. You're Gonna Miss Me

16. Mean Red Spider

17. Standin' Here Tremblin'

18. Streamline Woman

19. Hard Days

20. Muddy Jumps One

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Track List: Rollin' Stone: The Golden Anniversary Collection

Disc 1

1. Gypsy Woman (feat. Sunnyland Slim)

2. Little Anna Mae (feat. Sunnyland Slim) (Single Version)

3. Good Lookin' Woman

4. Mean Disposition (feat. Sunnyland Slim)

5. I Can't Be Satisfied

6. I Feel Like Going Home

7. Train Fare Home

8. Down South Blues

9. Kind Hearted Woman

10. Sittin' Here And Drinkin'

11. You're Gonna Miss Me (feat. Sunnyland Slim)

12. Mean Red Spider

13. Standin' Here Tremblin'

14. Streamline Woman

15. Hard Days

16. Muddy Jumps One

17. Little Geneva

18. Canary Bird

19. Burying Ground

20. You Gonna Need My Help (1949 Album Version)

21. Screamin' And Cryin'

22. Where's My Woman Been (feat. Sunnyland Slim)

23. Last Time I Fool Around With You

24. Walkin' Blues

25. Rollin' And Tumblin' (Pt. 1)

26. Rollin' And Tumblin', Part 2 (Single Version)

Disc 2

1. Rollin' Stone

2. Rollin' Stone (Alternate Take)

3. You Gonna Need My Help

4. Sad Letter

5. Early Morning Blues

6. Appealing Blues (Hello Little Girl)

7. Louisiana Blues

8. Evans' Shuffle

9. Long Distance Call

10. Too Young To Know

11. Honey Bee

12. Howlin' Wolf

13. Country Boy (Single Version)

14. She Moves Me

15. My Fault

16. Still A Fool

17. They Call Me Muddy Waters

18. All Night Long

19. All Night Long (Alternate Take)

20. All Night Long (Alternate Take #2)

21. Stuff You Gotta Watch (feat. Sunnyland Slim)

22. Lonesome Day (feat. Sunnyland Slim)

23. Please Have Mercy

24. Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone (Single Version)

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Track List: The Lost Tapes

1. Honey Bee (Live)

2. Hoochie Coochie Man (Live)

3. Walking Thru The Park (Live)

4. Trouble No More (Live)

5. Just To Be With You (Live)

6. Muddy's Introduction To 19 Years Old (Live)

7. She's 19 Years Old (Live)

8. Long Distance Call (Live)

9. Mannish Boy (Live)

10. Crawlin' Kingsnake (Live)

11. Got My Mojo Working (Live)

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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Muddy Waters

1. I Just Want To Make Love To You

2. Long Distance Call

3. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man

4. Honey Bee

5. I'm Ready

6. Trouble No More

7. Mannish Boy

8. Rock Me

9. Sugar Sweet

10. Forty Days And Forty Nights

11. Got My Mojo Working

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Track List: King Of The Electric Blues

1. I'm A King Bee

2. Champagne & Reefer

3. Mean Old Frisco Blues

4. Sad Sad Day

5. No Escape From The Blues

6. She's Nineteen Years Old (Live)

7. Nine Below Zero (Live)

8. Howling Wolf (Live)

9. Baby Please Don't Go (Live)

10. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man

11. Rock Me

12. Good Morning Little School Girl

13. I'm Ready

14. Mannish Boy

15. The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll

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Track List: His Best 1956 To 1964

1. All Aboard (Single Version)

2. 40 Days And Forty Nights

3. Just To Be With You

4. Don't Go No Farther

5. Diamonds At Your Feet

6. I Love The Life I Live (I Live The Life I Love)

7. Rock Me

8. Got My Mojo Working

9. She's Nineteen Years Old

10. Close To You

11. Walking Thru The Park

12. She's Into Something

13. I Feel So Good

14. You Shook Me

15. You Need Love

16. My Love Strikes Like Lightning

17. My Home Is In The Delta

18. Good Morning Little School Girl

19. The Same Thing

20. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had

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Track List: His Best 1947 To 1955

1. I Can't Be Satisfied

2. I Feel Like Going Home

3. Train Fare Blues

4. Rollin' And Tumblin', Part 1

5. Rollin' Stone

6. Louisiana Blues

7. Long Distance Call

8. Honey Bee

9. She Moves Me

10. Still A Fool

11. Standing Around Crying

12. Baby Please Don't Go

13. I Want You To Love Me

14. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man

15. I Just Want To Make Love To You

16. I'm Ready

17. Young Fashioned Ways

18. Mannish Boy

19. Sugar Sweet

20. Trouble No More

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Track List: Goodbye Newport Blues (Live)

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Track List: One More Mile / Chess Collectibles, Vol. 1

Disc 1

1. Hard Days

2. Muddy Jumps One

3. Burying Ground

4. You Gonna Need My Help

5. Rollin' And Tumblin', Part 2

7. Country Boy

8. She's So Pretty

9. Oh Yeah

10. I Don't Know Why

12. I Got To Find My Baby

15. Tiger In Your Tank

16. Meanest Woman

17. I Got My Brand On You

19. Messin' With The Man

20. Five Long Years

Disc 2

1. Thirteen Highway

2. Early In The Morning Blues

3. One More Mile

4. Come Back Baby (Let's Talk It Over)

5. My Dog Can't Bark

6. Roll Me Over Baby

7. Trouble In Mind (Hornless Remix)

8. Trouble, Trouble (Hornless Remix)

9. My Pencil Won't Write No More (One More Mile Version)

10. Cold Up North (One More Mile Version)

11. Streamline Woman (One More Mile Version)

12. Rock Me (One More Mile Version)

13. Standing Around Crying (One More Mile Version)

14. Hoochie Coochie Man (One More Mile Version)

15. Baby, Please Don't Go (One More Mile Version)

16. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had (One More Mile)

17. I Feel Like Going Home (One More Mile Version)

18. Where's My Woman Been (One More Mile)

19. Rollin' And Tumblin' (One More Mile Version)

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Track List: The Complete Plantation Recordings

1. Country Blues, Number One

3. I Be's Troubled

5. Burr Clover Farm Blues

12. Take A Walk With Me

13. Burr Clover Blues

17. You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone (Number One)

18. You Got To Take Sick And Die Some Of These Days

19. Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You

22. 32-20 Blues

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Track List: Muddy Waters 1941 - 1946

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Track List: Rare And Unissued

1. Little Anna Mae (Feat. Sunnyland Slim)

2. Mean Disposition

3. Feel Like Going Home

4. You're Gonna Miss Me (Feat. Sunnyland Slim)

5. Standin' Here Tremblin'

6. Last Time I Fool Around With You

7. Where's My Woman Been (Feat. Sunnyland Slim)

8. Stuff You Gotta Watch

9. Lonesome Day

10. Iodine In My Coffee

11. Smokestack Lightnin'

12. Let Me Hang Around (Feat. Sunnyland Slim)

13. Born Lover (Feat. Sunnyland Slim)

14. Deep Down In My Heart

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Track List: King Bee

1. I'm A King Bee

2. Too Young To Know

3. Mean Old Frisco Blues

4. Forever Lonely

5. I Feel Like Going Home

6. Champagne & Reefer

7. Sad Sad Day

8. (My Eyes) Keep Me In Trouble

10. No Escape From The Blues

11. I Won't Go On

12. Clouds In My Heart

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Track List: Muddy 'Mississippi' Waters Live

Disc 1

1. Mannish Boy (Live)

2. She's Nineteen Years Old (Live)

3. Nine Below Zero (Live)

4. Streamline Woman (Live)

5. Howling Wolf (Live)

6. Baby Please Don't Go (Live)

7. Deep Down In Florida (Live)

Disc 2

4. Corrina, Corrina (Live)

5. Hoochie Coochie Man (Live)

7. Kansas City (Live)

11. Got My Mojo Working (Live)

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Track List: I'm Ready

1. I'm Ready

2. 33 Years

3. Who Do You Trust

4. Copper Brown

5. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man

6. Mamie

7. Rock Me

8. Screamin' And Cryin'

9. Good Morning Little School Girl

10. No Escape From The Blues

11. That's Alright

12. Lonely Man Blues

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Track List: Hard Again

1. Mannish Boy (Featuring Johnny Winter)

2. Bus Driver

3. I Want To Be Loved

4. Jealous Hearted Man

5. I Can't Be Satisfied

6. The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock & Roll #2

7. Deep Down In Florida

8. Crosseyed Cat

9. Little Girl

10. Walking Through The Park

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Track List: The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album

1. Why Are People Like That

2. Going Down To Main Street

3. Born With Nothing

4. Caldonia

5. Funny Sounds

6. Love, Deep As The Ocean

7. Let The Good Times Roll

8. Kansas City

9. Fox Squirrel (Previously Unreleased)

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Track List: Unk In Funk

1. Rollin' And Tumblin' (2006)

2. Just To Be With You (1974 Version)

3. Electric Man

4. Trouble No More (1974 Version)

5. Unk In Funk

6. Drive My Blues Away

7. Katie

8. Waterboy Waterboy

9. Everything's Gonna Be Alright

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Track List: Can't Get No Grindin'

1. Can't Get No Grindin'

2. Mother's Bad Luck Child

3. Funky Butt

4. Sad Letter

5. Someday I'm Gonna Ketch You

6. Love Weapon

7. Garbage Man

8. After Hours

9. Whiskey Ain't No Good

10. Muddy Water's Shuffle

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Track List: The London Muddy Waters Sessions

1. Blind Man Blues

2. Key To The Highway

3. Young Fashioned Ways (London Sessions)

4. I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town

5. Who's Gonna Be Your Sweet Man When I'm Gone (London Sessions)

6. Walkin' Blues (London Sessions)

7. I'm Ready (London Sessions)

8. Sad, Sad Day (London Sessions)

9. I Don't Know Why

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Track List: Muddy Waters: Live At Mr. Kelly's

1. What Is That She Got (Live At Mr. Kelly's)

2. You Don't Have To Go (Live At Mr. Kelly's)

3. Strange Woman (Live At Mr. Kelly's)

4. Blow Wind Blow (Live At Mr. Kelly's)

5. Country Boy (Live At Mr. Kelly's)

6. Nine Below Zero (Live At Mr. Kelly's)

7. Stormy Monday Blues (Live At Mr. Kelly's)

8. Mudcat (Live At Mr. Kelly's)

9. Boom, Boom (Live At Mr. Kelly's)

10. She's Nineteen Years Old (Live At Mr. Kelly's)

11. C.C. Woman (Live At Mr. Kelly's)

12. Long Distance Call (Live At Mr. Kelly's)

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Track List: They Call Me Muddy Waters

1. When The Eagle Flies

2. Crawlin' Kingsnake (Alternate Take)

3. County Jail (Live)

4. It's All Over

5. Bird Nest On The Ground

6. They Call Me Muddy Waters

7. Find Yourself Another Fool

8. Kinfolk's Blues

9. Making Friends

10. Blind Man Blues

11. Two Steps Forward

12. Howlin' Wolf

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Track List: Fathers And Sons

1. All Aboard

2. Mean Disposition

3. Blow Wind Blow

4. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had

5. Walking Thru The Park

6. Forty Days And Forty Nights

7. Standin' Round Cryin'

8. I'm Ready

9. Twenty Four Hours

10. Sugar Sweet

11. Country Boy

12. I Love The Life I Live (I Live The Life I Love)

13. Oh Yeah

14. I Feel So Good

15. Long Distance Call (Live)

16. Baby, Please Don't Go (Live)

17. Honey Bee (Live)

18. The Same Thing (Live)

19. Got My Mojo Working Part One (Live)

20. Got My Mojo Working Part Two (Live)

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Track List: Electric Mud

1. I Just Want To Make Love To You

2. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man

3. Let's Spend The Night Together

4. She's Alright

5. Mannish Boy

6. Herbert Harper's Free Press News

7. Tom Cat

8. The Same Thing

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Track List: More Real Folk Blues

1. Sad Letter

2. You're Gonna Need My Help I Said

3. Sittin' Here And Drinkin'

4. Down South Blues

5. Train Fare Home

6. Kind Hearted Woman

7. Appealing Blues (Hello Little Girl)

8. Early Morning Blues

9. Too Young To Know

10. She's Alright

11. Landlady

12. Honey Bee

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Track List: The Real Folk Blues

1. Mannish Boy

2. Screamin' And Cryin'

3. Just To Be With You

4. Walking In The Park

5. Walking Blues

6. Canary Bird

7. Same Thing

8. Gypsy Woman

9. Rollin' & Tumblin'

10. 40 Days And Forty Nights

11. Little Geneva

12. You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had

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Track List: Folk Singer

1. My Home Is In The Delta

2. Long Distance

3. My Captain

4. Good Morning Little School Girl

5. You Gonna Need My Help

6. Cold Weather Blues

7. Big Leg Woman

8. Country Boy

9. Feel Like Going Home

10. The Same Thing

11. You Can't Lose What You Never Had

12. My John The Conquerer Root

13. Short Dress Woman

14. Put Me In Your Lay Away

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Track List: Muddy Waters Sings Big Bill Broonzy

1. Tell Me Baby

2. Southbound Train

3. When I Get To Thinking

4. Just A Dream (On My Mind)

5. Double Trouble

6. I Feel So Good

7. Baby, I Done Got Wise

8. Mopper's Blues

9. Lonesome Road Blues

10. Hey, Hey

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Track List: Muddy Waters At Newport 1960 (Live)

1. I Got My Brand On You (Live At Newport Jazz Festival/1960)

2. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Live At Newport Jazz Festival/1960)

3. Baby, Please Don't Go (Live At Newport Jazz Festival/1960)

4. Soon Forgotten (Live At Newport Jazz Festival/1960)

5. Tiger In Your Tank (Live At Newport Jazz Festival/1960)

6. I Feel So Good (Live At Newport Jazz Festival/1960)

7. I've Got My Mojo Working (Live At Newport Jazz Festival/1960)

8. I've Got My Mojo Working (Pt. 2 / Live At Newport Jazz Festival/1960)

9. Goodbye Newport Blues (Live At Newport Jazz Festival/1960)

10. I Got My Brand On You (Feat. Otis Spann) (2001 Remaster)

11. Soon Forgotten (2001 Remaster)

12. Tiger In Your Tank (2001 Remaster)

13. Meanest Woman (2001 Remaster)

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When I think of blues music, Muddy Waters is at the top of my list.
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Muddy name is "GOLD" In the Chi- great musician.. Go head Muddy....
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I loved this song
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The greatest bluesman that ever lived.
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My friend I grew up listening to Mark Wenner of Nighthawkspl a y his Harp on Summer nites @ B-CC Rec Center where all of locals gathered- He was fortunate enough to be a back-up Band for Muddy and Band putting out several LP's-Muddy's I'm a Man was such a Powerhouse Version no one matched-Stil l is Epic! They don't make 'em like that anymore!
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You know I could have actually gone see these real blues players play but I was into another kind of music back then. I regret that now. Now I can sit down and actually enjoy these blues and can identify with it now that I have done some real living in the last 41 years. Well Im doing something about it now. Right? First step was back in 2009 going to my first blues festival in Aurora, Kentucky at the Land Between The Lakes. Soon as step in there I knew I had found my music. It was just great!!
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I miss Old School blues; everything now is so slick, polished, packaged, fast, rehearsed...
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One of a kind...absol u t e l y a great talent
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That famous guitar riff that Jimmy Paige used in " A Whole Lot of Love"....was actually from a Muddy Waters song...they say that imitation is the the biggest form of flattery.... . w e l l consider this legend flattered... j u s t hope Led Zeppelin gave him his props.
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I saw him in Chicago around 1968 at the Fathers and sons concert. His vibe was loving and so great. Nothing like him.
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A master nobody does what he does old school mr waters
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Jerryleelewi s
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Colt Ford @ the Tulare County Fair! Tulare CA, Check it out...Friday Sept. 16th, 2016 @ 8:00 pm. FREE CONCERT w/fair admission ($8) I can't wait to see him @ our country county fair...hope u all can spread the word & see you there hang'in round the beer booth!
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Saw him at the Channel in Boston the night he passed. It was him, bonnie rait, and j Lee hooker. Awesome night.
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the best!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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X true that
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dragonlady60 8 8
MUDDY WATERS ONE OF THE GREATS
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ashnfree
I don't understand your speculation. He was black, pure and simple. He was a significant African-Amer i c a n musician, respected for his talents, which were extensive. Anything else?
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geraldine.eh i n g e r
Muddy waters was not a poor white child he was born poor and all baby's are born white and if of black turn darker muddy was a wonderful black artist!!!
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MUDDY WATERS: To me, YOU are in the R'N'R HALL OF FAME in my book!!!!!
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Well said.
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I am sort of new to social media but not The Blues


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msanicky
You dont play enough Muddy Waters and there' no way to request.
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I just love Muddy waters his music just moves me when am down that's the man
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forensics383
I have created several albums and I am elated with the eclectic aray
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Great bio on muddy. Great hits


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Wagggg
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geraldine.eh i n g e r
What's to say.? Unreal ,!,!!!
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Wrote some of the all time classics
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I saw Muddy and his band in a little club in Milwaukee in 1971. Maybe 100 people were there. I had just turned 21 so I was old enough to get in. After his first set, he walked 30 feet to the bar, looked at me, and said " How ya doing man" with a big grin. I don't think I said a word! I've been listening to the blues for almost 50 years. There is nothing to compare to the feeling. Muddy was and always will be the man.
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This is an awesome piece of classic Muddy and Johnny Winter. I was fortunate enough to see both these guys. Johnny Winter came to Muddy and wanted to produce and old style blues sound and gave Muddy that second chance into a new Era before he passed. This is one of the two albums they did together later in Muddy's life it was able to re spark his career in his golden years. He played the blues all the way to his end. One of the best. The blues got pregnant and they named the baby rock and roll.
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Could use this now lol
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King bee hmmmmhmm
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I love it
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Delta. Blues delta
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The blues keep my mojo working
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Bad a**
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Love Weapon.....
what a title? All women have one you know? Most of them don't know how to use it however.
the ones that do, have got men by the ..you know what........ .
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weldguitar
Garbage Man is such a great song
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a huge talent and great listening
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Janis Joplin
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ubm3
Juke Box all the way. Saw dust on the floor compositions .
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Muddy Waters :)
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I'm. A. Man!!!!!
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My main man
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BLUES IS TOPS!
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work hard play hard that's a real man does this that manly music
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needs more cowbell
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