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Happy 100th Birthday Muddy Waters

Muddy+Waters+PNGMuddy Waters would have turned 100 today, a good time to take a few minutes to look back at the music of one of the legends who helped define Chicago Blues. It’s hard to really put a handle on just how important Muddy was to the blues. Back in the 50’s and 60’s when Chicago was really hopping with blues you could see Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and so many others at the clubs scattered across the cities South and West sides. Muddy was influential for so many blues artists but also was revered by the British invasion musicians who often came to Chicago just to seek out and watch Muddy play. A couple of videos that should be required viewing….the first is a classic from the Newport Festival.

and then a longer video from Soundstage. This was a show that was broadcast on July 18th, 1974. Just check out this track list and list of musicians and then enjoy the video below. Happy 100th Muddy!

“Blow Wind Blow/Introduction” (4.12)
“Welcome and talk about the blues” (all)
“Intro by Nick Gravenites/Long Distance Call” (10.41)
“Messin’ With The Kid” (3.47)
“10 Long Years” (6.03)
“Mannish Boy” (6.20)
“Wang Dang Doodle” (3.12)
“Walkin’ Thru The Park” (4.20)
“Hoochie Coochie Man” (5.09)
“Sugar Sweet” (4.20)
“Got My Mojo Working” (6.16)

Muddy Waters, vocals, guitar 1-3,6,9,11
Michael Bloomfield, guitar 1-11
Dr. John, vocals 10, piano 1,2,5-11
Phil Guy, guitar 7-9
Willie Dixon, vocals 7,9,11
Koko Taylor, vocals 2,7,11
Buddy Miles, drums 2,6-11
Johnny Winter, vocals 2,8, guitar 6-11
Junior Wells, hca 3-6,8-11, vocals 2,4,5
Nick Gravenites, vocals 2,4, intro 3
Muddy Waters’ Band (probably):
Al Radford, bass 1,3-11
Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, drums 1,-3-5
“Pine Top” Perkins, piano 1,3,4,11

Big Jack Johnson Live at B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted 12.6.98

Hard to believe it has been 2 years since Big Jack passed away. Great times seeing Jack in clubs all over Chicagoland and the South. One of my all time favorites and a TCBX regular from the beginning. Always tough to figure out who we saw more often back in the day…R.L. Burnside, Mem Shannon, Big Jack Johnson, or Son Seals. This night at B.L.U.E.S. was unseasonably warm….I think it was 60+ in December and with the club packed as tight as possible it was a HOT night in more ways than one. I think Jack, Hooter, Chet and Chris had driven about 400 miles to get there and had another 500 to drive the next day but once they started playing you would never know. We’ll be play lots of other Big Jack in the future but for now get up off that desk chair and enjoy a listen into one of the most intimate clubs in the World Capital of the Blues.
Now like Big Jacks Bass Player Hooter says….”Time to Shake Your Booty People!”