McKinley Morganfield, 4 April 1913, Rolling Fork, Mississippi, USA, d. 30 April 1983, Chicago, Illinois, USA. One of the dominant figures of post-war blues, Muddy Waters was raised in the rural Mississippi town of Clarksdale, in whose juke-joints he came into contact with the legendary Son House and Robert Nighthawk. Having already mastered the rudiments of the harmonica and guitar, Waters began performing and this early country blues period was later documented by Alan Lomax. Touring the south making field recordings for the Library Of Congress, this renowned archivist and his colleague John Work tracked down, interviewed and recorded Waters on a portable disc recorder on a number of occasions between August 1941 and 1942. Initially Muddy hid from them thinking they were policeman arresting him for making illegal liquor. The first momentous recording was Burr Clover Blues, although this track was only used as a recording guide. The following...
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