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, Ottile Paterson.
Muddy Waters and friends!
MUDDY WATERS (1915-1983), BLUES GUITARIST AND SINGER EMERGED FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA IN THE 1940S. IN CHICAGO HE PIONEERED IN USING THE ELECTRIC GUITAR IN HIS BLUES PERFORMANCES. 1964.
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.
Muddy playing cards, UK, early 1960’s, with Sonny Terry in the background.
Muddy Waters and his wife Geneva, Chicago, 1951. Photo Art Shay.
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.
Muddy Waters and Otis Spann. Photo Jean-Pierre Leloir.
Muddy Waters, Luther “Snake” Johnson, Paul Oscher, Pee Wee Madison, Sonny Wimberly. Photo Jean Paul Leloir.
Photo by J.P. Leloir.
Big George Brock, unidentified woman, Muddy Waters.
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.
Otis Spann, Victoria Spivey, Muddy Waters.
Willie Dixon, Big Joe Williams, Muddy Waters, Lonnie Johnson, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Billy Stepney.
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.
Bob Margolin, Muddy Waters, Calvin “Fuzz” Jones.
Muddy Waters mid 1960s.
Muddy Waters at Castle Creek, Austin, TX, photo Burton Wilson.
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 Waters and Lightnin’ Hopkins, Florida, early 1970s. Photo courtesy Joseph Morganfield.
Muddy Waters, 1974. Photo by Jeff Johnson.
Muddy Waters, 1974, performing at New Trier East High School Gymnasium. Photo by Bob Corritore.
Muddy Waters at the 1978 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Photo Lindsay Shannon.
Muddy Waters and Junior Wells at Antone’s Nightclub in Austin, Texas.
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 promo photo for Blue Sky Records, courtesy Jürgen Van Den Steene.
Mural honoring Muddy Waters, State Street, Chicago.