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GUEST,Steve Latimer Happy Birthday, Muddy Waters (8) RE: Happy Birthday, Muddy Waters 05 Apr 04


To me, blues is about feel and tone. Muddy was a master of those. I wouldn't say that B.B. was more proficient. They just played a different style. Muddy played primarily slide guitar and laid the foundation for the Johnny Winters, Duane Allmans etc. B.B. was more influenced by the Jazz players. But the sounds that Muddy wrenched out of live performances of Nineteen Years Old, Long Distance Call, Honey Bee etc are among my favourite musical moments.   

The other thing that must be said about Muddy is that he always surrounded himself with tremendous musicians. The list of people who played in Muddy's bands over the years is a Who's who of Chicago Blues. He also invented the Chicago sound when he plugged in.

I'm a year or two younger than you. I am envious of the people who were in Chicago in the fifties and could regularly see Muddy, Little Walter, Sonny Boy, Howling Wolf et al. in their prime.

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