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National Obituary Review

DPW – Muddy Waters

No Comments 01 May 2013

Folks,

You’re not crazy. We’re rolling out a a slightly new feature this week – DPW (dead person of the week). We figured, some of our DPDs have SO much to offer we really should spend a full week exploring their contribution to humanity. This week’s DPW is a scorching example.

Muddy Waters.

Muddy might just be the single most responsible person for the trajectory of American music in the 20th century. In 1958, he became the first artist to play electric blues in England his visit inspired young musicians like Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones, who later named their band the Rolling Stones after Mr. Waters’s early hit “Rollin’ Stone.” Bob Dylan’s mid-1960’s rock hit “Like a Rolling Stone” and the leading rock newspaper Rolling Stone were also named after Mr. Waters’s original song. It’s rumored that the AMA named the ailment kidney stones after Muddy because both were gritty, rough and could really wear a pair of brown slacks.

Mr. Waters played his blues at Carnegie Hall in 1959, and in 1960 he made a triumphant appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival. His music was cited as a major inspiration for such artists as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Johnny Winter.

In 1941 and 1942, Alan Lomax and John Work recorded Mr. Waters in Mississippi for the Library of Congress.

This week we’ll be exploring some notable examples from Muddy’s catalog. If you’d like to read his obit you can here. Today’s selection comes from the legendary London recording session between Muddy, Eric Claption, Steve Winwood and Mitch Mitchell among others


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