I sing deep, down south blues, straight out of the bottom.
But I made myself classy with it...I'm a gentleman
-Muddy Waters (source: Damon Vance term project)
Muddy Waters real name was McKinley Morganfield, born in 1915 in (guess where?) Mississippi, his first recording by one Alex Lomax. In the early 40s he moved to Chicago and soon people were coming from all over to hear him play. He was the one who really made blues popular in the northern big cities, paving the way for those who soon followed after. He soon began recording for Leonard Chess of Chess Records, and the two remained close friends for the majority of Waters' career. Chess was Waters primary producer for that same time. Waters friend, writer, and partner was one Willie Dixon. They wrote alot about african hoodoo, though waters never believed in the stuff. His music was a major inspiration to 60s musician, The Rolling Stones name was from one of his songs. He recorded one more record in the mid 70s, produced by Johnny Winter. It one 6 grammies. Waters died April 30, 1983.
I'm on a TWA to the promised land, everybody clap your hands
Don't you love the way that he siiiiinnnnnggggs
Don't you know your ridin' with the king?
Riley B King was born, like so many of his blues forefathers, in Mississippi, in 1925. He made money playing small arenas as a teen. He eventually made his way to Tennessee, for Memphis was the 'Capitol' of the blues in the 40s and 50s. By '47 he stayed and learned from the highly talented Bukka White, who also happened to be his cousin. King's talent grew, and eventually he was performing on the radio on a regular basis. Eventually he gained a regular popular spot called the 'Sepia Swing Club'. His radio name was Beale Street Blues Boy, eventually shortened to BB or BB King. In the 50s he gained great fame, and influenced the virgining rock music. In the 60s he helped reinfuse the blues roots back into the rock scene. Along with his equally famous guitar lucile, he has won numerous awards, and put out countless records, which he continues to do to this day. He truly is the reigning King of Blues.
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