The Mississippi-born McKinley Morganfield (aka Muddy Waters) was born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi on April 4, 1915 and raised in nearby Clarksdale, Mississippi. Inspired by Delta blues pioneers Son House and Robert Johnson, he began playing bottleneck style guitar to accompany his powerful vocals. He recorded in 1941 for the Library of Congress and by 1943 moved to Chicago, where he electrified his Delta style in his first landmark recordings for Chess Records. He was a major influence on a generation of '60s British bands including the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Yardbirds and the Rolling Stones (who named their band after one of his songs). One of the most influential and enduring blues artists of the modern era, Waters continued performing into his 70s. He died quietly in his sleep on April 30, 1983 in his home in suburban Westmont, Illinois.