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Muddy Waters Birthday Today

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John Barba_3
John Barba_3 Member Posts: 30
"a" child......"Nnnnnnn..."

Saw Muddy Waters in concert before he died (duh) at Georgetown University in 1979. He played with the Charlotte All-Stars. An unforgettable experience!

JMB

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  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884
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    Yes today

    you can say Happy Birthday to McKInley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters.

    " Aint that a MAN..... "

    Scott

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  • Tombig_2
    Tombig_2 Member Posts: 231
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    Muddy

    "Gypsy woman told my momma...before I was born...gotta man-child commin...he's gonna be a son of a gun"

    I was lucky enough to see Muddy on one of his last tours at he old Chicago stadium. Johnny Winter was living with and touring with Muddy those last couple of years. They were backing up Clapton that night. To see the three of them onstage for the finale was priceless.
  • Jim Bennett
    Jim Bennett Member Posts: 607
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    Wow!

    Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter and Eric Clapton all on stage together!!!!

    Id'a thought I died and gone to heaven!

    "Elizibeth!, I'm coming to join you Honey!"

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  • Tombig_2
    Tombig_2 Member Posts: 231
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    Clapton

    I was fortunate enough to score tickets for the 2007 version of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival. Many friends were online and I guess I just lucked out because it sold out in minutes and I got four.

    Clapton, Winwood, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Allison Krausse, Sonny Landreth, and many more. I hear Clapton and Winwood are going to rework some Blind Faith stuff. First time on stage since the band broke up.

    It'll be my first concert in a while and my first all day fest in....well, my hair was a LOT longer. Late July. Can't wait.
  • Lurkin' Murkin'
    Lurkin' Murkin' Member Posts: 136
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    Come down off your throne, and leave your body at home...

    That sounds awesome! Steve Winwood is one of the greatest male singers ever, and is exceptional at several instruments. I believe he did all the instrumental parts on his solo albums? Blind Faith only had one album, but Traffic had a decent body of intruiging work. Love John Barleycorn, Low Spark, Mr Fantasy, etc. And don't forget the boy wonder in Spencer Davis group!
  • Paul Fredricks_3
    Paul Fredricks_3 Member Posts: 1,557
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    I love the Barleycorn album. A great collection of songs. Unfortunately it's probably one of the worst produced albums out there.
  • Lurkin' Murkin'
    Lurkin' Murkin' Member Posts: 136
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    I can't distinguish anything wrong with my ears - what are you referring to? Something with the sound quality (there is something odd during "Freedom Rider") or are you talking about availibility? Thanks!
  • Paul Fredricks_3
    Paul Fredricks_3 Member Posts: 1,557
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    The big one that stands out for me is the inconsistent timing of the sax on Freedom Rider, it always bugs me. They must have had a better take than that. Unless of course they just recorded it live and went with it. I pick up little things here and there. It's been a while since I've listened to it (LP). It may be that one flaw has me thinking the whole things a mess.
  • Lurkin' Murkin'
    Lurkin' Murkin' Member Posts: 136
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    And the miller he has served him worse than that...

    Well then, we'll just have to tinker with a little barleycorn this evening, and mend some kettles and pots. By the way, Winwood and Clapton have been hunting together in England for many years - along with Roger Waters. Last I heard, Waters had moved to Long Island, NY - in protest of England's hunting bans. Very challenging to track deer in Heckshire park?
  • Paul Fredricks_3
    Paul Fredricks_3 Member Posts: 1,557
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    AS long as they don't go with our VP :-)
  • Wayco Wayne_2
    Wayco Wayne_2 Member Posts: 2,479
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    I have always been

    a Winwood fan. I have the greatest hits of the Spencer Davis Group on vinyl somewhere. I read that he was a musical genius as a boy and his mother would drive him to rehersals with the Spencer Davis group, because he wasnt old enough to have his license yet. Wonder if there's a way to check that out?? Love Low Spark of High Heeled Boys. WW

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  • Lurkin' Murkin'
    Lurkin' Murkin' Member Posts: 136
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    He wasn't \"A Man\", yet...

    He was 16 when he joined Spencer Davis group. Powerful organ and voice - try to find talent like that on American Idol. Maybe we're getting away from Muddy Waters, who I know less about - but it all goes back to the blues, it seems?
  • Ragu_5
    Ragu_5 Member Posts: 315
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    Thinking about Muddy...

    I remember the day that Muddy died was the same day that George Balanshin (sp?) died; NPR Radio didn't even mention Muddy, and they were called on it.

    The Muddy Water Blues Band of the 50's and 60's was (in my opinion) the best blues band of all time. Muddy on vocals and guitar; Otis Spann/ Pinetop Perkins on piano; Little Walter/ Junior Wells/ James Cotton on harp; in short, the best of the best.

    He was a mentor to a lot of those guys; and what a voice!

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  • Lurkin' Murkin'
    Lurkin' Murkin' Member Posts: 136
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    Didn't Willie Dixon, who wrote many famous blues songs, also play bass in Muddy's band? So much of this music comes from the Mississippi area, but I think Muddy brought it the the Chicago area. It seems like it's all lost now, at least at the mainstream level. I do get treated to some of Muddy's songs when I see Hot Tuna - Walkin' Blues, Can't be Satisfied, Come Back Baby are constants in their setlists, and played with passion!
  • Ragu_5
    Ragu_5 Member Posts: 315
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    Yeah, Murkin; I know what you mean...

    I think that Willie Dixon played with EVERYBODY; those guys all could really play.

    There are a couple of good books written by Peter Simon (Carly Simon's brother) about those guys and that era.

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  • Lurkin' Murkin'
    Lurkin' Murkin' Member Posts: 136
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    Crossroads...

    Are these books a good source for information on which bluesman really wrote various songs? It seems that many take credit for songs that were written the generation before them, or make a slight variation on what becomes a "traditional" song. I guess the lack of documentation, recordings, and (dare I say) access to lawyers way back then has allowed this. I'm sure Willie Dixon had this problem, as he indeed played and contributed with so many, some more famous. Some names you hear, like Robert Johnson - but when do you hear his actual recordings?
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