Muddy Waters

By: Jordon Myers


McKinley Morganfield, or Muddy Waters, was an artist who took basic patterns and turned them into blues masterpieces. He was born on the 4th of April, 1915 and had died due to cancer on the 30th of April, 1983. he was considered the "Father of Chicago Blues".

What Made Him Famous?

The 1928 hit "How Long-How Long Blues" made by Muddy Waters had Made him famous. The first song he had ever composed "I Don't Want No Black Woman Charley-Hamming My Bones" also, increased his popularity.

Songs and Albums

Songs: "Mannish Boy", "I Can't Be Satisfied", "Rollin' Stone", "Kansas City", "You Need Love", and many others

Albums: Electric Mud, Hard Again, Anthology, Fathers and Sons, Folk Singer, After the Rain, and many others

Characteristics of Traditional Folk Music

  • Has been defined in several ways: as music transmitted orally, or as music with unknown composers
  • related to national culture
  • Commemorate historical and personal events
  • No copyright on the songs.
Muddy Waters plays "Manish Boy"

SHMRG Chart For "Mannish Boy"

S- Electric guitar, main vocals, harmonica, bass, drums

H- Electric guitar, harmonica, bass, drums

M- Main Vocals

R- Moderate, in 4

G- Intro, verse 1, chorus, verse 2, chorus, verse 3, chorus, outro


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Teachout, Terry. "De-Romanticizing the Blues." Commentary. Nov. 2010: 66-70. SIRS Renaissance. Web. 12 Feb. 2015.