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 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.
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 playing cards, UK, early 1960’s, with Sonny Terry in the background.
Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon in Pleyel, France, 1962.
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)
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.
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.
Muddy Waters, Luther “Georgia Boy” Johnson, Paul Oscher.
Otis Spann, Victoria Spivey, Muddy Waters.
Muddy Waters, Mojo Buford, Luther “Snake” Johnson.
Big Moose Walker, Muddy Waters, Mojo Buford.
Top row: Bob Margolin, Calvin “Fuzz” Jones, Jerry Portnoy.
Here is the handbill for the 1969 concert from which the live parts of the album Fathers And Sons were recorded. Courtesy Timm Martin.
Mural honoring Muddy Waters, State Street, Chicago.