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Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones: Live at the Checkerboard Lounge 1981 (2012)

The Rolling Stones join Muddy Waters' band on stage in 1981, at the Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. Muddy, whose health was declining, dying 1 ½ years later, is ... See full summary »
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Muddy Waters ...
Himself - Guitar, Vocals
John Primer ...
Himself - Guitar
Lovie Lee ...
Himself - Piano
Earnest Johnson ...
Himself - Bass
Ray Allison ...
Himself - Drums
George 'Mojo' Buford ...
Himself - Harmonica
Lefty Dizz ...
Himself - Guitar, Vocals
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Himself - Vocals, Guitar
Junior Wells ...
Himself - Harmonica, Vocals
Rick Kreher ...
Himself - Guitar
Nick Charles ...
Himself - Bass
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Himself - Vocals
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Himself - Guitar
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Himself - Guitar (as Ron Wood)
Ian Stewart ...
Himself - Piano
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The Rolling Stones join Muddy Waters' band on stage in 1981, at the Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. Muddy, whose health was declining, dying 1 ½ years later, is sitting down, playing a rather desultory set when the Rolling Stones finally lurch into the club. This seems to fire up Muddy who plays standing up the rest of the show, but needs to urge the Stones, who idolized Muddy, to join him. One by one they do. Muddy beseeches Mick Jagger, who seems the drunkest of the Stones, coming up last to sing with Muddy on several tunes. Guitarist Buddy Guy, who was an owner of the club, joins the group, along with harpist Junior Wells and a fiery Lefty Dizz. The Stones were playing in Rosemont, Illinois on the Tattoo You tour, and this was their night off. The film of the set appeared immediately on bootlegs, but was not issued on DVD until 2012. Written by David Stevens

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There is nothing like all these guys performing together.
15 September 2013 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Muddy Waters was long one of the Rolling Stones' idols, and they got to perform with him 1981 in Chicago. "Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones: Live at the Checkerboard Lounge 1981" shows those two sharing the stage with Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, and a bunch of other blues singers. It's an experience like you can't imagine. Part of the significance of the 1960s British Invasion was that the Beatles, Stones, etc introduced the US to all these great singers who were right under our noses but we'd ignored for years. Now that we can appreciate both the classic blues singers and those whom they inspired, we should take a lot of pleasure in the music. The blues will never die!


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