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Muddy Waters Album Cover Live in Chicago 1981

Father of Modern Blues, Muddy Waters

In the world of music, there are few artists who have had as profound an impact as Muddy Waters. Known as the “father of modern Chicago blues,” Muddy Waters not only revolutionized the blues genre but also played a pivotal role in shaping the sound of rock and roll. Today, we delve into the remarkable career of Muddy Waters and his unforgettable collaboration with the Rolling Stones.

Muddy Waters, born McKinley Morganfield, emerged from the Mississippi Delta with a raw and electrifying sound that captivated audiences. His powerful vocals, soulful guitar playing, and emotionally charged lyrics became the blueprint for modern blues. Muddy Waters’ influence extended far beyond the blues scene, as his music laid the foundation for the rock and roll revolution that would follow.

One of the most significant moments in Muddy Waters’ career came when he joined forces with the Rolling Stones. In the early 1980s, the Rolling Stones, deeply inspired by Muddy Waters’ music, invited him to perform and record with them. This collaboration not only introduced Muddy Waters to a new generation of fans but also solidified his status as a rock and roll icon.

The partnership between Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones resulted in the critically acclaimed live album “Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones Live at the Checkerboard Lounge.” This electrifying performance showcased the undeniable chemistry between the two musical powerhouses as they seamlessly blended their unique styles to create an unforgettable experience for fans.

Beyond their collaboration on record, Muddy Waters’ influence on the Rolling Stones can be heard in their music throughout their career. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and the rest of the band openly acknowledged their debt to Muddy Waters, often citing him as one of their greatest inspirations. His impact on their sound and songwriting is evident in hits like “Little Red Rooster” and “I Can’t Quit You Baby.”

Muddy Waters’ contribution to rock and roll cannot be overstated. His innovative approach to the blues paved the way for countless artists and forever changed the landscape of popular music. His collaboration with the Rolling Stones not only showcased his immense talent but also solidified his place in music history. Today, we celebrate the enduring legacy of Muddy Waters and his indelible mark on both blues and rock and roll.

We would love for you to add him to your vinyl collection, and so this month, we are giving away not only the legendary performance of Checkerboard Lounge but one of our favorite albums of his Folksinger.

Go over to to enter.  Don’t forget to check that page every month for a new giveaway to increase your vinyl collection.

Muddy Waters Folk Singer Album Cover