King , Eric Clapton, and Motorhead. Oh, and Steven Seagal, too, lest we forget. Like many blues songs, the origins of this tune are somewhat convoluted. Some of these white kids are playing good blues, but my people, they want something they can bump off of. His brand of blues was no longer selling, and although he continued to put together strong hands with the help of Otis Spann, his pianist, bandleader and right-hand man from the mid-Fifties until his death in the late Sixties, Muddy never again found sidemen as creative, sympathetic and cohesive as Little Walter and Jimmy Rogers.
Then Chess was sold and resold. For two decades Muddy had enjoved a family-style relationship with the Chess company. Now he belonged to a succession of faceless conglomerates. The picture began to brighten during the early Seventies. He took on Scott Cameron, a shrewd, hardheaded manager who helped him in a number of ways. They sued Arc Music, the Chess publishing company, for back royalties on scores of his compositions, and although nobody will discuss the terms of the eventual out-of-eourt settlement, apparently Muddy was at least partially satisfied.
And finally he pulled free of his Chess entanglements altogether and signed in with Blue Sky Records, the Columbia-affiliated label managed by Steve Paul. Winter wisely avoided trying to duplicate the Chess sound, but he did put Muddy back in a raw-edged, pure blues context, with sympathetic backing from former sidemen like jimmy Rogers, Big Walter Horton and James Cotton. The records sold , copies each and are still moving briskly, making them the best sellers of Muddys career.
He began getting better jobs for better money, especially after an all-star tour with Cotton and Winter that furnished material for a third, soon-to- be-released Blue Sky album. And he was as impressive as ever on that tour. He would start each performance sitting on his stool, letting his voice carry the music, but then he would pick up his guitar and play a wrenching slide solo, the band would begin to fly.
I wondered how he felt about having taken so long to get to this point and he looked at me like I was a plain fool, his eyes shining with the irony that informs some of his greatest records. Feels great. Newswire Powered by. Close the menu. Rolling Stone. Log In. To help keep your account secure, please log-in again. You are no longer onsite at your organization. Please log in.
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Over the years we have had legal action concerning the song, but today, that is over, and the song is now acknowledged to be Preston Foster's. In his biography of Muddy Waters, Robert Gordon gave a similar account: Waters and his band learned the song while backing Cole on a Southern tour and promptly recorded it after returning to Chicago.
The two songs were combined by Elvis Presley while jamming in the recording studio in and were released on the album Love Letters from Elvis. Waters used many of Foster's lyrics,  but added a reference to acquiring a mojo from his song "Louisiana Blues": "I'm goin' down in New Orleans, get me a mojo hand, I'm 'on show all you good lookin' women, yes how to treat your love".
According to Waters:. When you're writin' them songs that are coming from down that way [Mississippi Delta], you can't leave out somethin' about that mojo thing. Because this is what black people really believed in at that time Waters recorded the song on December 1, , for Chess Records in Chicago. This song has been the subject of copyright litigation. McKinley Morganfield, a. Standing around crying Still a fool.
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Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Lake Park Ave. Waters, born McKinley Morganfield in Mississippi, came north in and owned the house in North Kenwood from to He lived there and used the basement as a rehearsal space; members of his band stayed there. Waters died in There are only a couple of things we have that represent the Chicago blues. We have the Chess Records building at S. Michigan Ave.Well, I wish I was a catfish, swimmin in a oh, deep, blue sea I would have all you good lookin women, fishin, fishin after me Sure 'nough, a-after me Sure 'n.