Born McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 – April 30, 1983), known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician who is considered the “father of modern Chicago blues”. He was a major inspiration for the British blues explosion in the 1960s and is ranked No. 17 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
by Aileen Muhammad copyright 2013
His sound went right through the mud
for his impact brought clarity to the top
His rhythms mixed pain and love
broken spirit and the struggle to be free
intimidation and the origin of stately purpose
He let us hear the rolling pain
the surge of syncopation
the emphatic murmur of the long screeching stop
confronting a world that knew us not.
Yes, his movement a story
Needed to explain. His music a rumble
not in vain of a heart that tries
with a system ready to bring down the soul of man.
Ahh, the magical lifter, playing the Blues.