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Date of Birth 4 April 1915Rolling Fork, Mississippi, USA
Date of Death 30 April 1983Westmont, Illinois, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameMcKinley Morganfield
Nickname The Father of Chicago Blues
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Chicago(USA)-based (from 1943) urban blues singer-guitarist, Waters was later considered among the primogenitors of rock & roll and "soul" music. It was not until the 1960's when he would acquire a modicum of fame.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bill Takacs <kinephile@aol.com>

Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield) was one of the major forces in contemporary blues. He was instrumental in bringing the sound of the Mississippi Delta to Chicago in the 1940s, where his recordings for the Chess label exerted an enormous influence on both blues and rock musicians from the mid-'50s to the present day. Muddy made his first recordings for the Library of Congress in the early 1940s, offering a style that was highly influenced by the legendary Robert Johnson. It was after World War II that Muddy, who had relocated to Chicago, began recording electric versions of his blues. Such well-known classics as "I Can't Be Satisfied", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Got My Mojo Workin'", "I Just Want To Make Love To You" and many more redefined the sound of blues for modern audiences. Over the years his band included such musicians as Otis Spann, Little Walter (aka Little Walter Jacobs), James Cotton, Junior Wells, Willie Dixon and numerous legends of the blues. He also inspired legions of young, white musicians to try their hand at the blues, including Mike Bloomfield, Johnny Winter, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Paul Butterfield, many of whom covered Muddy's music.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John B. Narucki <powerplaytv@compuserve.com>

Spouse (1)

Marva Jean Brooks (5 June 1979 - 30 April 1983) (his death)

Trivia (6)

Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
He was voted the 17th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Entertainment Weekly, being the oldest artist to be include on their list of 50 "immortals."
He helped discover Chuck Berry.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 847-850. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.
Children: Joseph, Mercy, Rene, and Rosiland. He has another son who is also a blues musician Big Bill Morganfield.
His cousin is pastor and blues musician Willie Morganfield.

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