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Muddy Waters, c. 1979.
January 18, 2013 In the Northern Hemisphere, January is typically the coldest month of the year — and it feels as if it'll never end. Perfect conditions for a blues lament. Hear songs from Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Blind Willie McTell and more.
Muddy Waters pioneered Chicago's now-signature electric blues.
April 14, 2009 Take Five takes a detour with jazz's older cousin, the blues, as well as one of its most recognizable techniques: slide guitar. Gliding a bottleneck up and down the strings, the guitarist creates a world-weary sound. Muddy Waters sits at the center of this decades-spanning list.
October 17, 2007 In his new autobiography, Eric Clapton tells the story of his professional rise and his personal battles with substance abuse. In the first of a two-part interview, Clapton remembers the blues greats that influenced him as a young guitarist.
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June 5, 2007 In 1977, there was a historic meeting of two musical currents: albino guitarist Johnny Winter played with legendary bluesmen Muddy Waters and James Cotton. Their 1977 concert has been released on a new album, Breakin It Up, Breakin' It Down.
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February 9, 2007 Valentine's Day wouldn't be complete without a soundtrack, but finding the right love songs can be a chore. In the hopes of turning up something for every romantic playlist, five experts in the world of public radio offer their opinions on all-time great Valentine's Day songs.
September 20, 2006 Muddy Waters' 1968 blues-rock hybrid Electric Mud works as an intermittently spirited experiment, a loosely structured attempt at moving an icon beyond the traditional. The legend sounds like a lost soul from the Delta who's wandered into the exaggerated druggy debauchery of a hippie movie.
Seminal American blues singer and songwriter Muddy Waters.
April 3, 2000 When it came out as a single in 1954, the Muddy Waters song hovered near the top of the rhythm-and-blues charts for 13 weeks. Over the course of his long career, Waters re-interpreted the song numerous times, each one capturing the changes in the blues. "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man" is one of the NPR 100. NPR's David Welna reports.
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