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Muddy Waters at the Newport Jazz Festival, 1960

With rare exception, blues and blues musicians entertained exclusively black audiences in the 1950s. George Wein, the founder of the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals, gave Muddy Waters a platform to reveal the majesty and power of the blues to an entirely new audience. The record album of this show became essential listening to a new generation. Music was never the same again.

 

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Muddy Waters, "Got My Mojo Working" at the Newport Jazz Festival, 1960

Muddy Waters, "Hoochie Coochie Man" at the Newport Jazz Festival, 1960

Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy, "The Same Thing," Montreux Jazz Festival, 1974

Muddy Waters live in Dortmund, Germany - October 29, 1976

Blues Summit in Chicago with Muddy Waters and friends, Soundstage

Muddy Waters at Buddy Guy's Checkerboard Lounge with the Rolling Stones in 1981, "Baby Please Don't Go"
 

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Archival Collections

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  • Documents
    Artist files and press kits on Waters from a variety of sources.
  • Graphic Materials
    Photographs, handbills, and posters of Waters from the 1950s-1970s, and rubbings of the artist's gravestone.
  • Audio
    Audio recordings of live international performances by Waters from the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Video
    Live performances with the Rolling Stones and Buddy Guy from the Checkerboard Club (1981), and footage from Jazz for Fun and Rolling Hotel.
  • American Music Masters. Muddy Waters Tribute Concert. Odeon. (3 parts)
    Musicians Deborah Coleman, Mable John, Bruce McCabe, Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton, North Mississippi Allstars, Billy Hector Band, Dave Alvin, Charlie Musselwhite, Jimmie Vaughan, Mick Taylor, Vernon Reid, and Bernard Allison perform in a tribute concert to Muddy Waters as part of the 5th Annual American Music Masters series.
  • American Music Masters. Muddy Waters. Severance. (3 parts)
    Performances by Othar Turner, Rising Star Fife and Drums Band, Robert Lockwood Jr., Hubert Sumlin, Calvin Jones, Willie Smith, Johnnie Johnson, Deborah Coleman, inductee Levon Helm, James Cotton, Chris Whitley, Double Trouble, Jimmie Vaughan, Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, Paul Rodgers, Jon Cleary, and inductee Bonnie Raitt in a tribute concert to Muddy Waters as part of the 5th Annual American Music Masters series.
 

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Behind the Scenes: Muddy Waters' Grammy
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