Muddy Waters | Rex Features | tc086
Martin Chilton remembers Muddy Waters for the Daily Telegraph, on the occasion of Muddy Waters’ centenary.
“Born McKinley Morganfield, he earned the nickname ‘Muddy’ from his love of playing in the Deer Creek mud along the Mississippi River as a child. It was a name given to him by his grandmother, Della Grant, who raised him after his mother died shortly following his birth.
“His tale of a tough plantation upbringing is well known but it was heartening to know that even late in life he relished thinking about the early days of learning to play blues and performing for hardworking sharecroppers at Saturday night fish fries. Little did they know they were watching a man who would change the face of music and bring the Delta blues to Chicago.”