Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters played a key role in the development of electric blues and rock and was the greatest contemporary exponent of the influential Mississippi Delta blues style. Muddy played his blues at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1959, and in 1960 he made a triumphant appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival, where he introduced his blues hit, Got My Mojo Working, to white music fans. His music was widely imitated by a generation of young white musicians, and virtually all leading rock guitarists who emerged in the Sixties, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Johnny Winter, named Muddy Waters as one of their earliest and most important influences.

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