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Muddy Waters

Blues Musician Muddy Waters

Full Name: McKinley Morganfield
Profession: Blues Musician

United States of America

Biography: Muddy Waters was one of the most influential blues musicians of all time. His impact extends to blues, rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, hard rock, folk, jazz, and country. The Rolling Stones named themselves after his 1950 hit song "Rollin' Stone".

Water's use of amplified electric guitar helped define his legendary style, which transformed the rustic blues of the Mississippi into an electrified urban sound and made him the pioneer and father of modern Chicago blues.

His hits include "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "Louisiana Blues", "Hoochie Coochie Man", and "I'm Ready". Waters has received six Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992, and is a members of the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame".

Born: April 4, 1913
Birthplace: Jug's Corner (Issaquena County) or Rolling Fork, Mississippi, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Aries

Died: April 30, 1983 (aged 70)
Cause of Death: Heart failure

Married Life

  • 1932-11-20 American blues musician Muddy Waters (19) weds Mabel Berry
  • 1979-06-05 American blues musician Muddy Waters (64) weds Marva Jean Brooks (25) in Chicago

Historical Events

  • 1969-10-11 American blues musician Muddy Waters involved in a car crash that kills 3
  • 1972-03-14 14th Grammy Awards: Carole King's "It's Too Late"; Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine"; Carly Simon; Isaac Hayes; Muddy Waters; and Bill Evans win
  • 1972-03-14 Muddy Waters wins his first Grammy Award, for his album"They Call Me Muddy Waters"
  • 1987-01-21 Muddy Waters is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"
  • 1987-01-21 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Coasters; Eddie Cochran; Bo Diddley; Aretha Franklin; Marvin Gaye; Bill Haley; B.B. King; Clyde McPhatter; Ricky Nelson; Roy Orbison; Carl Perkins; Smokey Robinson; Joe Turner; Muddy Waters; Jackie Wilson; Louis Jordan; T-Bone Walker; Hank Williams; Leonard Chess; Ahmet Ertegun; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; and Jerry Wexler
  • 1992-02-25 Muddy Waters wins Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards