Original 1980 Muddy Waters Limited Edition Fine Art Print
by J.P. Niehuser Jr.
Unique, one-of-a-kind, Limited Edition Fine Art print of Muddy Waters, legendary blues musician and "father of the Chicago blues". Photo was taken February 6, 1980, at the Neighbors of Woodcraft Hall in Portland, Oregon.
Photographer/Artist: J.P. Niehuser Jr. • Montrose, CO
Type: image is printed on Premium Archival paper and professionally matted. Print comes with Certificate of Authenticity and is hand signed/numbered by J.P. Niehuser Jr.
Edition: Limited | Only 100 prints are available to the public | Extremely Rare
16x20 (Edition of 75) & 20x24 (Edition of 50) are available for additional charge • Email if interested in larger size print
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McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 — April 30, 1983), better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician who is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues".
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. He was recorded in Mississippi by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1941. In 1943, he moved to Chicago to become a full-time, professional musician. In 1946, Muddy Waters eventually recorded his first record for Columbia Records and then for Aristocrat Records, a newly formed label run by the brothers Leonard and Phil Chess.
In the early 1950s, Waters and his band—Little Walter Jacobs on harmonica, Jimmy Rogers on guitar, Elgin Evans on drums and Otis Spann on piano—recorded several blues classics, some with bassist and songwriter Willie Dixon. These songs included "Hoochie Coochie Man", "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and "I'm Ready". In 1958, he traveled to England, laying the foundations of the subsequent blues boom there. His performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1960 was recorded and released as his first live album, At Newport 1960.
Waters' influence is tremendous, not just on blues and rhythm and blues but on rock and roll, hard rock, folk music, jazz, and country music. His use of amplification is often cited as the link between Delta blues and rock and roll.