Muddy Waters has got to be the founder and king of modern Chicago blues. This all-time great was simply at one with his beloved guitar. Not only the father of this musical genre, his music was always deeply influential for British music, from blues to the rock and roll of the Rolling Stones.
Born in 1913 in the cutely named Jug's Corner in Mississippi, and raised by his grandmother, Muddy gained his nickname from a childhood fondness for plaining around in the dirt. Progressing from the harmonica to the guitar, he played blues music at parties with an "imaginative slide technique and agile rhythms" (according to music critic Peter Guralnick. Muddy moved to Chicago in 1940 to run a juke joint where you could gamble, drink, use the jukebox, and, of course, hear him play. The moment of magic came, however, when his uncle gave him his first electric guitar in 1945. Why? That guitar meant he could be heard over the noisy crowds to which he played late at night across Chicago town.
Muddy's quintessential style is pure blues, inflected with a love of music that shines through every note. Enjoy the sweet tones of his guitar with our special playlist devoted to undisputed king.