I asked some friends on Twitter to contribute a track to a Muddy Waters tribute playlist, and here's what they came up with. Most were even kind enough to provide a little blurb about the song. If you're up for it, feel free to stop by and say hello to our friends below: copy and paste the www. link under each name.
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Sonny Boy Williamson recorded it first, but I've always thought of "Good Morning Little School Girl" as a Muddy Waters tune. Just like anything Muddy recorded, he bent and shaped it into his own image. What better tribute to this spirit than Ten Years After's wild remake, in which they not only shift the music squarely into rock territory, but also make the lyrics even saucier than before!
Muddy Waters is a rite of passage. He was Rock and Roll's rite of passage. He was my rite of passage into the lore of the Blues. My first obsession, The Stones, taught me about Muddy. "They got their name from a Muddy Waters song? Who's Muddy Waters?"; oh, to be young and foolish. I started to learn about...devour...Muddy Waters. I realised that Muddy was the pipeline. He was country blues; he was 12 bars; he was three chord Rock and Roll. Muddy's "babies" were many; he had a HUGE family.
Every time I hear Beck's version of this classic tune it makes me think of Muddy and his phenomenal contributions to the groovy genre we call rock and roll.
It may technically be a B.B. King number, but this smoldering blues has these young musicians carrying the torch initially fired up by Muddy. A song they never recorded for an album, listen to Bloomfield's delicate burn during the solo break following the verses. Altho