Muddy Waters Photos

Muddy Waters is considered to be the king of Chicago Blues. His great voice and slide guitar, his larger than life persona, and his ability to make a hit spearheaded him to the top blues artist of Chicago in the early 1950s. He always had the best of bands and structured his sound where the brilliance of his players would shine. Harmonica players, in particular, were always showcased in Muddy’s band. Some of Muddy’s harmonica players included Little Walter (who recorded on the majority of his Chess hits), Big Walter Horton, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Mojo Buford, Paul Oscher, Carey Bell, and Jerry Portnoy. His classic songs cut for Chess Records are quite frankly as good as it gets. Bob first heard Muddy on the Radio singing “Rolling Stone” at age 12 and from that point forward Bob’s life was changed.

Here is a page of photos to pay tribute to this great master.

Muddy Waters, St. Louis Jimmy, Chris Barber, Ottilie Patterson.
Muddy Waters and friends!

Muddy Waters 1950s Publicity Shot

Son Sims and a very young Muddy Waters. This photo was taken before Muddy made the move from Mississippi to Chicago.

A very young Muddy Waters.

Big Bill Broonzy and Muddy Waters.

Muddy Waters. Photo Don Bronstein.

Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Otis Spann, Jacques Demêtre (noted French photographer), Muddy Waters. Photo courtesy of the Soul Bag Magazine Archives.

Muddy Waters and his wife Geneva, Chicago, 1951. Photo Art Shay.


Muddy Waters being interviewed by Michael Bloomfield. Photo Ray Flerlage.


Curtis Jones, Muddy Waters, Otis Spann. Photo by Jean-Pierre Leloir.

Muddy Waters at Silvio’s Lounge, Chicago, December 1957. Photo by Yannick Bruynoghe.
Helpful information by Jim Clay.

U.K. news clipping from 1958, courtesy Jim Clay.

U.K. news clipping from 1958, courtesy Jim Clay.

U.K. news clipping from 1958, courtesy Jim Clay.

Otis Spann, Chris Barber, Muddy Waters, U.K., 1958.


Muddy Waters and Otis Spann backstage at Conway Hall, U.K., 1958. Photo by Terry Cryer.

Ottilie Patterson and Muddy Waters performing at Conway Hall, London in 1958. Photo by Terry Cryer.

Muddy Waters playing John Lee Hooker’s guitar backstage at Newport 1960! Photo by Burt Goldblatt.


Muddy playing cards, UK, early 1960’s, with Sonny Terry in the background.

Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon in Pleyel, France, 1962.

Muddy Waters backstage at the Marquee Club, London, England, 1962. Photo by David Redfern.

Muddy Waters, Strasbourg, October 1963.


Muddy Waters and his granddaughter Cookie in his home at 4339 South Lake Park Avenue during an interview with Pete Welding (not pictured), Chicago, Illinois, January 9, 1964. Photo Ray Flerlage.

Muddy Waters with Willie Dixon, Toronto, 1966 (CBS Still Photo Collection)

Muddy Waters in front of Smitty’s Corner nightclub, Chicago.

Photo by J.P. Leloir

Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Muddy Waters.

B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Ivory Joe Hunter with the WDIA Little League Team, Memphis. Photo by Ernest Withers.

Photo by JP Leloir.

Muddy Waters and Otis Spann. Photo Jean-Pierre Leloir.
Muddy Waters, Luther “Snake” Johnson, Paul Oscher, Pee Wee Madison, Sonny Wimberly. Photo Jean-Pierre Leloir.
Photo by J.P. Leloir.
Muddy Waters and Sleepy John Estes.

Big George Brock, unidentified woman, Muddy Waters.


Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy from the session for Muddy Waters/Folk Singer album. Photos by Don Bronstein.

Otis Spann, Muddy Waters, Big Moose Walker, Sammy Lawhorn.


Muddy Waters in 1964, filming a staged train station performance for the Blues & Gospel Caravan Tour, UK.

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Muddy Waters with Otis Spann in the background, 1964, filming a staged train station performance for the Blues & Gospel Caravan Tour, UK.

Muddy Waters, Luther “Georgia Boy” Johnson, Paul Oscher.

Otis Spann, Victoria Spivey, Muddy Waters.


Lonnie Johnson, Muddy Waters, Otis Spann.

Willie Dixon, Big Joe Williams, Muddy Waters, Lonnie Johnson, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Billy Stepney.

Muddy Waters photo by Thomas Copi.

Muddy Waters, Mojo Buford, Luther “Snake” Johnson.

Big Moose Walker, Muddy Waters, Mojo Buford.



Top row: Jimmy Rushing, T-Bone Walker, Sonny Terry, Muddy Waters, Brownie McGhee. Bottom Row: James Cotton, comedian Spodie Odie backstage at the Apollo Theatre, New York, 1964. Photo by Don Paulsen.
Otis Spann, Muddy Waters, Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry. Photo by John “Hoppy” Hopkins backstage on the 1964 Blues And Gospel Caravan Tour, somewhere in the English Midlands. Thank you Jim Clay for photo information.
Muddy Waters and Mike Bloomfield, 1964.
Muddy Waters photo by Jeff Lowenthal.
Muddy Waters in 1968.
Muddy Waters Band, November 27, 1968, Toby Jug Pub, Tolworth, Surrey, near London. Photo Bert Bevis.
Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker at Muddy’s house. Photo by Ray Flerlage.
Muddy Waters Band, November 27, 1968, Toby Jug Pub, Tolworth, Surrey, near London. Photo Bert Bevis.
Muddy Waters performing at Grant Park, Chicago in 1969 for a show commemorating the upheaval the year before at the Democratic National Convention. Photo by Ron Pownall.
Muddy Waters, Newport Folk Festival, 1969. Photo David Gahr.
Muddy Waters at the 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival. Photo Willa Davis.

Muddy Waters and Terry Abrahamson. Terry co-wrote the Muddy Waters songs Electric Man and Unk In The Funk. Photo courtesy of the Terry Abrahamson archives.
Bob Margolin, Muddy Waters, Calvin “Fuzz” Jones.
Muddy Waters and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. Photo by Watt Casey.
Photo Giuseppe Pino.
Muddy Waters with photographer Doug Fulton. Photo by Anna Fulton.
Muddy Waters mid 1960s.

Muddy Waters at Castle Creek, Austin, TX, photo Burton Wilson.
Muddy Waters with members of the J. Geils Band, Peter Wolf and Magic Dick.
Muddy Waters. Photo Charlyn Zlotnik.
Bonnie Raitt and Muddy Waters
Photo by Peter Mazel.
Photo by David Michael Kennedy
Muddy Waters and Luther “Snake” Johnson, Cafe Au Go Go, New York City, 1971. Photo Willie Strandberg.
Hound Dog Taylor and Muddy Waters, 1972 Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival.
The Muddy Waters band of the 1970s.
Kim Wilson and Muddy Waters, 1970s, Austin.
Freddy King and Muddy Waters at the 1975 Rhode Island Blues Festival. Photo by Terry Abrahamson.
Muddy Waters interviewed by Michael Erlewine, Ann Arbor 1969 or 1970. Photo by Stanley Livingston.
Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters backstage at the 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival. Photo by Tom Copi.
Muddy at the Country Club, London, December 1, 1970. Photo by Gisbert Hankeroot.
Muddy Waters at the 1972 Ann Arbor Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Ira Lax.
Muddy Waters and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Florida, early 1970s. Photo courtesy Joseph Morganfield.
Like father like son! Lou Ann Barton with Muddy Waters in the 1970s, and with Muddy’s son, Mud Morganfield in the 2010s.
Muddy backstage with Martha O’Dell Bell and Chet Bell, Louisville, 1972. Photo courtesy of Texas Red, a.k.a. Paul Halperin.
Muddy Waters promotional button courtesy Sonny Burnett.
Muddy Waters and Jerry Portnoy. Photo Martin Jan Ogrodnik.
Muddy Waters, 1974. Photo by Jeff Johnson.
Muddy Waters, 1974, performing at New Trier East High School Gymnasium. Photo by Bob Corritore.
Muddy Waters, Warsaw, Poland, 1976. Photo by Zbyszek Jedrzejczyk.
Muddy Waters and Frank Edwards backstage, 1976 at the Great Southeast Music Hall in Atlanta. Photo by Pete Lowry.
Muddy Waters with Angela Strehli, Antone’s, Austin, on Muddy’s birthday, April 4, 1976.
Muddy Waters at the 1978 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Photo Lindsay Shannon.
Muddy Waters performing in 1978 at Harry Hopes. Photo by Paul Natkin.
Muddy Waters and Junior Wells at Antone’s Nightclub in Austin, Texas.
Photo Daily Egyptian via Rod Smith.
Photo by Chuck Fishman
Muddy Waters Blues Band 1980 in Japan.
Top row: Bob Margolin, Calvin “Fuzz” Jones, Jerry Portnoy.
Seated: Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Muddy Waters, Muddy’s wife Marva Jean Brooks, Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson.
Muddy Waters in 1980. Photo by Steve Kagan.
Ernest Johnson, John Primer, Muddy Waters at the 1981 Niagra Falls Blues Festival. Photo courtesy Inger Tellefsen.
Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Photo Kirby Warnock.
Muddy Waters with Mojo Buford on harmonica.
Muddy Waters promo photo for Blue Sky Records, courtesy Jürgen Van Den Steene.
Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.
President Jimmy Carter invited the Muddy Waters band to perform at the White House. Jimmy smiles while watching! That’s Bob Margolin next to Muddy Waters.
Muddy Waters’ 1958 Fender Telecaster.
Muddy Waters draft card, signed by Muddy and showing his debated birth year as 1913 (some believe its 1915).
Muddy Waters’ AFM Local 208 Musician’s Union contract from 1945. Courtesy Scott Dirks.
Muddy Waters Fan Club card signed by Otis Spann and S.P. Leary. Thanks Stephen Crafts for the scan of his souvenir.
Concert ticket courtesy Rod Smith.
Swedish Muddy Waters concert ticket. Courtesy Pelle Hansson.
Here is the reference 78 rpm from 1941 of Muddy’s first field recording for the Library Of Congress! Muddy was listed by his birth name of McKinley Morganfield.




Here is the handbill for the 1969 concert from which the live parts of the album Fathers And Sons were recorded. Courtesy Timm Martin.


Muddy Waters at Pepper’s Lounge.

Muddy Waters magazine cover courtesy Mike Bayless.
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Muddy Waters children’s book by Michael Mahin with amazing illustration by Evan Turk.

Mural honoring Muddy Waters, State Street, Chicago.

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