Saturday, April 9, 2011
Muddy Waters performs “Blow Wind Blow” in Dortmund, Germany (1976), with one of his great bands: Muddy on guitar and vocals; Jerry Portnoy, harmonica; Bob Margolin and Luther Johnson, guitars; Calvin Jones, bass; Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, drums, and Pinetop Perkins, piano (see my tribute to Pinetop following his recent passing). Muddy and Howlin’ Wolf were the most prominent among those who brought the blues from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago, where they pioneered the electric style. The song above is also on the outstanding “Fathers and Sons” album (1969), in which Muddy is backed up in the studio and live by a new generation of blues musicians. Those interested in Muddy’s life should read the illuminating “Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters” by Robert Gordon and watch the film “Cadillac Records" (see my review), a celebration of the Chicago blues.