Sunday, October 11, 2009

Muddy Berry and Chuck Waters

It was Muddy Waters who told Chuck Berry to go to Chess records.  In the late 1960s Berry was recorded playing Muddy's (and Willie Dixon's) "Hootchie Cootchie Man" at least a couple of times.  The Filmore session with the Steve Miller band had better backing from a better band steeped in Chicago blues-- but this concert's always worth watching if only for Berry's performance.

Here's something from an old post...

Chuck Berry is quoted in a great article in the British newspaper The Independent.

"Look, I ain't no big shit, all right?... My music, it is very simple stuff. I wanted to play blues. But I wasn't blue enough. I wasn't like Muddy Waters, people who really had it hard. In our house, we had food on the table. So I concentrated on this fun and frolic."

Full story below.


And here's the man himself...

Here's another version, from 5 or 6 years later.  It's from a documentary and includes some great bits of an interview.  It's from before Muddy hit the really big time, (i.e., crossed over, with albums that sold well in the white community) which began to happen more a couple of years later.  It's a tougher sound than Chuck Berry gets out of a song like this.  (Muddy probably wouldn't have done too well with "School Day (Ring Ring Goes The Bell!")

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