Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters

American, Singer
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Muddy Waters

McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), known professionally as Muddy Waters, was an American blues singer-songwriter and musician who was an important figure in the post-war blues scene, and is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues". His style of playing has been described as "raining down Delta beatitude".

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Full name at birth
McKinley Morganfield
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father of modern Chicago blues
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Date of birth
4 April 1915
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Place of birth
Rolling Fork, Mississippi, USA
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Date of death
30 April 1983
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Age
68 (age at death)
Place of death
Westmont, Illinois, USA
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Cause of death
Heart Attack
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Resting place
Restvale Cemetery, Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA
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Singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader
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5' 9" (175 cm)
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There`s no way in the world I can feel the same blues the way I used to. When I play in Chicago, I`m playing up-to-date, not the blues I was born with. People should hear the pure blues - the blues we used to have when we had no money.
  • Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 847-850. New York: Charles Scribner`s Sons, 1998.
  • He helped discover Chuck Berry.
  • He was voted the 17th Greatest Rock `n` Roll Artist of all time by Entertainment Weekly, being the oldest artist to be include on their list of 50 "immortals."
  • Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • Spouse, Marva Jean Brooks (5 June 1979 - 30 April 1983) (his death)

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