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Muddy Waters

Although Chess claimed that Muddy Waters was responsible for penning the rousing Got My Mojo Working on this single, it emanated from outside the confines of Arc Music, Chess’ publishing arm. 

"We went on tour with a lady named Ann Cole. She's the one that originally did 'Mojo,’" says his then-road harpist, James Cotton. "Muddy said, 'That's my kind of stuff there, talkin' about the mojo and all that kind of thing. I need to learn that song so I can do it.' He said, 'Learn the words to it for me.' So I learned the words, and I learned to play it. I taught him the words when I knew everything. They recorded it, him and Walter. It did pretty good. 

When Muddy got back to Chicago, he made the song his own on either December 1, 1956 or January 16, 1957. As Cotton noted, Little Walter was still his main harp man in the studio; other participants were his essential 88s ace Otis Spann, guitarist Jimmy Rogers, bassist Willie Dixon, and new drummer Francis Clay. But this rendition wouldn’t be the one everyone so widely copied; that version was done live at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival with James on harp (Chess issued Waters’ set on LP). "I put the arrangement on there," says Cotton. "Now it's a classic."

In between the two Mojos, Waters made his maiden voyage to England in 1958, bringing along his electric guitar. British fans accustomed to Big Bill Broonzy’s acoustic blues weren’t quite ready for the aural assault. "I went over there, and they went stone nuts. ‘Where’s he comin’ from with all this noise?’" said Muddy, who tried to comply on his next visit. "I go back a couple of years later and didn’t bring it, and then they’re cryin’, ‘Where’s your electric guitar?’"

Always loyal to Chess, the ‘60s weren’t overly kind to Muddy from a recording standpoint. The nadir was his pseudo-psychedelic 1968 travesty ‘Electric Mud.’ Muddy freely ripped the album later on. "I really went with the company with that part," he said. "I hope they never play it." During the mid-‘70s, Waters underwent a studio renaissance on a new label, Blue Sky. Producer Johnny Winter strove to restore Muddy’s original sound on his acclaimed 1977 LP ‘Hard Again.’ "He was one of the young white kids who was really deep into it," said Muddy.

The King of Chicago Blues died of cancer April 30, 1983 at age 70. It’s a sure bet no one will ever take his place. "Maybe somebody else would have come up and went another way," Waters mused. "I came up at the right time and the right season, and I should say, I just taken it over. I just taken Chicago completely over!"

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Muddy 'Mississippi' Waters Live - HQ 180g vinyl
Muddy Waters: Muddy 'Mississippi' Waters Live - HQ 180g vinyl Art-Nr.: LPFRI213571

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(2014/Friday Music) 7 tracks. His 1979 live album, recorded on various locations. Produced by Johnny Winter. Muddy Waters - gtr/voc, Johnny Winter - gtr, Bob Margolin - gtr, Luther 'Guitar Jr.' Johnson - gtr, James Cotton - hca, Jerry...
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I Got My Brand On You - 180g HD vinyl
Muddy Waters: I Got My Brand On You - 180g HD vinyl Art-Nr.: LP771986

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(2014/Wax Time) 16 tracks. 1956-62 studio recordings. Includes free MP3 album download.
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Electric Mud (LP)
Muddy Waters: Electric Mud (LP) Art-Nr.: LPHE68002

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(Endless Happiness) 8 tracks, gatefold cover
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King Bee (LP, 180g Colored Vinyl, Ltd)
Muddy Waters: King Bee (LP, 180g Colored Vinyl, Ltd) Art-Nr.: LPMOV841

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(Music on Vinyl) 10 tracks, colored vinyl (blue), limited and numbered to 1.500 pieces 180g audiophile vinyl Printed inner sleeve His last studio album, produced by Johnny Winter - 40th anniversary edition of 1500 individually numbered...
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Live At Rockpalast (2-CD/DVD)
Muddy Waters: Live At Rockpalast (2-CD/DVD) Art-Nr.: CDMIG90782

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(MIG) 27 tracks - Recorded live at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany December 10, 1978 together with Pinetop Perkins, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, Calvin Jones, Bob Margolin, Luther 'Guitar Jr,' Johnson and Jerry Portnoy plus a concert...
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The Montreux Years (CD)
Muddy Waters: The Montreux Years (CD) Art-Nr.: CDBMGCAT519

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(BMG Rights) 16 tracks - deluxe digipac The magnificent and incomparable Muddy Waters performed 3 legendary concerts at the Montreux Jazz Festival throughout the 1970s. Each of these historic concerts were recorded. Muddy Waters name is...
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The Montreux Years (2-LP, 180g Vinyl)
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(BMG Rights) 16 tracks The magnificent and incomparable Muddy Waters performed 3 legendary concerts at the Montreux Jazz Festival throughout the 1970s. Each of these historic concerts were recorded. Muddy Waters name is synonymous with...
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Muddy Waters Day - Live In Newport (2-CD)
Muddy Waters: Muddy Waters Day - Live In Newport (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDFLOATM6399

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(Floating World Records) 23 tracks 1976 & 1960
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Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live (LP)
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(Friday Music) 7 tracks, gatefold, produced by Johnny Winter "When i finally recorded and performed with Muddy, Muddy said that I knew his songs better than he did. My collaborations with Muddy was one of the high points of my carrer"...
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Can't Be Satisfied (by Robert Gordon)
Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied (by Robert Gordon) Art-Nr.: 040323

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('Bay Back Books')
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Sugar Sweet - Diamonds At Your Feet
Muddy Waters: Sugar Sweet - Diamonds At Your Feet Art-Nr.: 45CHESS1630

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Re-issue, reproduction.
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The Lost Tapes
Muddy Waters: The Lost Tapes Art-Nr.: BPLP5054

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(1971 'TopCat Records') Blind Pig
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Authorized Bootleg: Live
Muddy Waters: Authorized Bootleg: Live Art-Nr.: CD1265002

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(1966 'Geffen') (74:28/15) Recorded Live / Auditorium - San Francisco 11/04-06/1966.
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Live In Europe
Muddy Waters: Live In Europe Art-Nr.: CD250191

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Blow Blues Blow
Muddy Waters: Blow Blues Blow Art-Nr.: CD250266

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(1976) (79:00/16) Recorded live in concert on October 22, 1976 at the International Folk Music Festival & Jazz Jamboree Warsaw, Poland.
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Hard Again
Muddy Waters: Hard Again Art-Nr.: CD5151612

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(1977 'Blue Sky') (49:43/10) = zuvor unveröffentlicht / previously unissued. Producer: Johnny Winter. MUDDY WATERS - gtr/voc, JOHNNY WINTER - gtr, PINETOP PERKINS - pno, JAMES COTTON - hca, BOB MARGOLIN - gtr, CHARLES CALMESE - bass,...
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Natural Born Lover
Muddy Waters: Natural Born Lover Art-Nr.: CD5321225

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Superb compilation, excellent mastering! - Digipak w/ booklet.
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King Bee
Muddy Waters: King Bee Art-Nr.: CD7238912

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His last studio album. Contains two previously unissued tracks. Very personal liner notes written by Bob Margolin in 2004. Produced by Johnny Winter. MUDDY WATERS gtr/voc, JOHNN WINTER gtrs, BOB MARGOLIN gtr, LUTHER 'GUITAR JR.' JOHNSON...
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Original Album Classics (3-CD)
Muddy Waters: Original Album Classics (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CD730622

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Three original albums, produced by Johnny Winter. Reproductions oft the original LP sleeves (cardboard) in a slip case.
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Gold (2-CD)
Muddy Waters: Gold (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD9845503

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(1947-72 'Chess') (147:51/50)
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Muddy, Brass And The Blues - Can't Get No Gri
Muddy Waters: Muddy, Brass And The Blues - Can't Get No Gri Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD1007

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Two lesser known Muddy Waters albums from his Chess period, on one CD: Muddy, Brass And The Blues (1966), and Can't Get No Grindin' (1973).
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Electric Mud - After The Rain
Muddy Waters: Electric Mud - After The Rain Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD1011

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Two original LPs on one CD.
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Sings Big Bill - Folk Singer
Muddy Waters: Sings Big Bill - Folk Singer Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD397

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(1959/64 'Chess Records') (63:02/19) Zwei Original-LPs auf einer CD / two original LPs on one CD.
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Folk Blues - More Real Folk Blues
Muddy Waters: Folk Blues - More Real Folk Blues Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD436

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(1947/64 'Chess') (69:23/24) Vielleicht die beiden besten LPs des Muddy Waters, hier in guter Qualität auf einer CD zusammengefaßt / by fans and critics, these recordings are regarded as his strongest LP releases, reissued here in good...
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They Call Me Muddy Waters - Live At Mr. Kelly
Muddy Waters: They Call Me Muddy Waters - Live At Mr. Kelly Art-Nr.: CDBGOCD949

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Two original LPs on one CD. 'They Call Me Muddy Waters' is a collection of songs from 1951 to 1967, originally released in this form in 1971. From the same years dates 'Live At Mister Kelly's', a fine live album recorded during two shows...
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