Monday, October 18, 2010

Muddy Waters: Mississippi to Chicago

In the 1920's musicians from New Orleans such as King Oliver and Louis Armstrong brought Crescent City jazz to Chicago.

In the 1940's guitar player and singer Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) left the Mississippi delta, where he had learned the blues. In Chicago he worked in factories by day and developed his blues tunes by night. By the 1950's he was known for songs such as "Rollin stone," "Hoochie Coochie Man," and "I just want to make love to you."

Chicago has been a home to the electric blues - see singer-guitarist Buddy Guy - ever since.