52 Weeks of Music

Muddy Waters – His best 1947 to 1955

Posted in Uncategorized by Mark on January 13, 2009

I did a Google search the other day for “52 weeks of music” and guess what…. it’s not an original idea. Result #1 Flickr: 52 Weeks Of Music & Blythe :

Every week – take a song that you like, and then using your Blythe dolls, take a picture to capture the lyric, title or message of the song.


Next up is Kahit Na Ano, a blog which periodically features posts containing a photo that relates to a song along with the song title & song lyrics. Interesting idea but again not quite what’s going on here.

Then there’s 52 weeks which is about “Reviewing a South African band every week for 52 weeks”.

Ok, so maybe we’re not just rehashing an old idea.

While I’m rambling… I thought I’d start making a list of artists that I want to cover in next 12 months and I very quickly got to 37. And I’m not counting the 4 posts I’ve either published or started on already. And those are just the artists I really, really need to mention. And there are several that I think I’m going to have to do more than one post for.

Oh well, better get a move on.

One last thing before we get to Mr Muddy ‘Mississippi’ Waters – from here on in best-of albums will be considered cheating. Except for today.


Unlike Son House and Robert Johnson the inclusion of Muddy Waters here goes beyond historical significance. Muddy Waters is my quintessential blues-man. I love his music and whenever I think of blues it’s his foot stomping rhythms and warm, smiling voice that come to mind.

Muddy was born McKinley Morganfield in Mississippi (like House and Johnson) on April 4 1913. He earned the nickname Muddy because he loved playing in mud when he was young.

As a young man learning the blues Muddy was aware of and imitated both House and Johnson.

At age 18 Muddy opened a juke joint featuring moonshine, gambling, a juke box and Muddy himself occasinoally singing and playing guitar. In 1941 Alan Lomax recorded Muddy in his juke joint. Listening to himself on record for the first time was a key moment for Muddy, as he realised he could make it as musician.

In 1943 Muddy took a train to Chicago to try his luck as professional performer. He worked menial jobs by day and played clubs and parties at night.

Muddy’s first successful recording came in 1948 with “I Can’t Be Satisfied” & “I Feel Like Going Home”. Shortly after Muddy sealed his status as a star when “Rollin’ Stone” became a big hit. This song was to have a huge impact over the years being the inspiration for the name The Rolling Stones, for Dylan’s classic “Like a Rolling Stone” and for Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile”.

This week’s album, His Best: 1947 to 1955, starts off with these early recordings and progresses chronologically through to the mid 1950’s with classics like “Hoochie Coochie Man” and “Mannish Boy”. It provides a picture of this first period of Muddy’s career in which he continued to make a name for himself playing and recording in Chicago, and periodically returning to the deep south.


Allmusic Review

allmusic ★★★★★

Sample: http://blip.fm/profile/markstanton/blip/7095106


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