In 1918 after the death of his mother, Muddy is brought up by his grandmother on the Stovall Plantation, Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Having learned how to play the harmonica, Muddy takes up the guitar in 1932.
Thanks to folk historian Alan Lomax of Washington's Library of Congress Archive of Folk Song, Muddy records his first two song in 1941, 'Country Blues' and 'I Be's Troubled'.
Muddy goes to Chicago in 1943, where he plays in clubs on the Southside and becomes friendly with bluesman Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Eddie Boyd and Sunnyland Slim.
In April 1948, with Big Crawford on bass he records 'I Can't Be Satisfied' at Chess studios. The song is an updated version of 'I Be's Troubled'.
He records 'Rollin' and Tumblin', 'Rollin' Stone', 'Walkin' Blues', Louisiana Blues' and 'Evans Shuffle' in 1950.
Muddy's successes on the Chess label continue in 1953 with 'Hoochie Coochie Man', 'Baby Please Don't Go' and 'Blow Wind Blow', the following year he records 'I Just Want To Make Love To You'.
In 1956 Muddy records 'Just to Be with You' and in 1957 he records yet another blues classic, 'Got My Mojo Working'.
Muddy records two songs with Big Bill Broonzy, 'Lonesome Road Blues' and 'Southbound Train' in 1959.
His performances at New York's Carnegie hall and at the Newport Festival in 1960 help him win over the white listening public.
British group the Rolling Stones take their name from one of Muddy's classic recordings.
Having become more and more involved with rock, muddy records a 'psychedelic album Electric Mud in 1968, which contains a version of the Rolling Stones 'Lets Spend the Night together'.
In 1976 Muddy leaves Chess for Blue Sky.
Muddy's last album King Bee is released in 1981.
Muddy Waters dies on 30 April 1983 at Westmont, Illinois.
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