I think Muddy Waters is probably my all-time favourite blues singer, not least because of the extraordinary variety in his output. Most people know about ‘Mojo’, ‘Hoochie Coochie’ etc but I love particularly the looser ensemble feel of his early years in Chicago and before that some remarkable old country blues stuff recorded by the Lomaxes down in Mississippi. Have a listen to ‘Rambling Kid” below – ‘Mannish Boy’ it ain’t!
Malc has just sent me a piece from the Guardian on-line, wishing Muddy happy anniversary for his birthdate of 4 April (tomorrow) 1915. So it’s his centenary then and a cause for celebration. Or is it?
The official site says so but Wikipedia says 1913. You can’t always trust Wikipedia of course and the biography by Sandra B Tooze says 1915. However, the other biography by Robert Gordon says that Muddy was born in 1913 and “after he moved to Chicago … usually told people he was born in 1915” to help him appear younger when he was breaking into the entertainment business.
So tomorrow may be but is probably not, the centenary of Muddy’s birth. Whatever, here’s the Rambling Kid: