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-songwriter and musician who was an important figure in the post-war 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 the local blues artists Son House and Robert Johnson. He was recorded in Mississippi by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1941. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Muddy Waters has received more than 4,441,038 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Muddy Waters is the 168th most popular musician (down from 128th in 2019), the 972nd most popular biography from United States (down from 731st 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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Among musicians, Muddy Waters ranks 168 out of 2,675Before him are Oscar Peterson, Giya Kancheli, Frank Farian, Joseph Joachim, Roger Glover, and Anton Diabelli. After him are Alfred Cortot, Paolo Conte, Giovanni Battista Martini, Gene Simmons, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and Emil Gilels.

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Among people born in 1913, Muddy Waters ranks 42Before him are Artur Axmann, Roger Wolcott Sperry, Willis Lamb, René Clément, Wolfgang Paul, and Mehmet Shehu. After him are Masanobu Fukuoka, Charles Trenet, Aimé Césaire, Irwin Shaw, Peter Cushing, and Vinicius de Moraes. Among people deceased in 1983, Muddy Waters ranks 26Before him are John Fante, George Cukor, Albert Claude, Ulf von Euler, Anna Seghers, and George Balanchine. After him are Aleksandar Ranković, Luis Monti, Robert Aldrich, Georges Auric, Osvaldo Dorticós Torrado, and Mercè Rodoreda.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Muddy Waters ranks 972 out of 15,968Before him are Vincent du Vigneaud (1901), Frederick Reines (1918), Sugar Ray Robinson (1921), James Avery (1945), Scott Glenn (1939), and Éamon de Valera (1882). After him are Jean Webster (1876), Bugsy Siegel (1906), James Ivory (1928), Alfred Hershey (1908), Henry Lee Lucas (1936), and Linda McCartney (1941).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Muddy Waters ranks 49Before him are Cyndi Lauper (1953), Keith Jarrett (1945), James Hetfield (1963), Chick Corea (1941), Willie Nelson (1933), and Stan Getz (1927). After him are Thelonious Monk (1917), Bill Haley (1925), Chris Isaak (1956), Lionel Richie (1949), Pete Seeger (1919), and Alicia Keys (1981).