Muddy Waters

1913 - 1983

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McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), known professionally as Muddy Waters, was an American blues singer and musician who was an important figure in the post-World War II blues scene, and is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues". His style of playing has been described as "raining down Delta beatitude". Muddy Waters grew up on Stovall Plantation near Clarksdale, Mississippi, and by age 17 was playing the guitar and the harmonica, emulating local blues artists Son House and Robert Johnson. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Muddy Waters has received more than 5,756,494 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia. Muddy Waters is the 184th most popular musician (up from 190th in 2019), the 1,048th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,087th in 2019) and the 49th most popular American Musician.

Muddy Waters is most famous for being the birthplace of the Delta Blues.

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  • 4.86

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Among musicians, Muddy Waters ranks 184 out of 3,175Before him are Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bono, Rudolf Schenker, Duff McKagan, Bernard Haitink, and Rory Gallagher. After him are Nam June Paik, John Cale, John Paul Jones, Alicia Keys, Giovanni Battista Martini, and Emil Gilels.

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Among people born in 1913, Muddy Waters ranks 46Before him are René Clément, Witold Lutosławski, Erich Priebke, Roger Wolcott Sperry, Jacobo Árbenz, and Vinicius de Moraes. After him are Aimé Césaire, Masanobu Fukuoka, Charles Trenet, Mary Ainsworth, Gert Fröbe, and Tito Gobbi. Among people deceased in 1983, Muddy Waters ranks 30Before him are Ulf von Euler, Aleksandar Ranković, John Fante, Klaus Nomi, Luis Monti, and Anna Seghers. After him are Prince Charles, Count of Flanders, Maurice Ronet, Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, Benigno Aquino Jr., Georges Auric, and George Balanchine.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Muddy Waters ranks 1,048 out of 20,380Before him are Laurence Fishburne (1961), Gordon Moore (1929), Buck Henry (1930), Alfred Hershey (1908), Lance Henriksen (1940), and Howard H. Aiken (1900). After him are Margaret Brown (1867), Chester Bennington (1976), Thomas Pynchon (1937), Edward Norton Lorenz (1917), Gary Sinise (1955), and Ed O'Neill (1946).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Muddy Waters ranks 49Before him are Don Shirley (1927), Jerry Lee Lewis (1935), Keith Jarrett (1945), Chick Corea (1941), Ritchie Valens (1941), and Duff McKagan (1964). After him are Alicia Keys (1981), Ike Turner (1931), Willie Nelson (1933), Stan Getz (1927), Joe Jackson (1928), and Herbie Hancock (1940).