Muddy’s Abondante Offspring
Muddy Waters (guitar & vocals) performs “Mannish Boy” at the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival featuring Junior Wells (harmonica), Buddy Guy & Terry Taylor (guitars), Pinetop Perkins (piano), Bill Wyman (bass), and Dallas Taylor (drums). The song was first recorded by Muddy Waters in 1955 as an “answer song” to Bo Diddley’s “I’m a Man” and has since become a blues standard.
Muddy Water’s wife Geneva died of cancer on March 15, 1973. A devastated Muddy was taken to a doctor and told to quit smoking, which he did. He then gained custody of some of his children from outside of the marriage and moved them into his home, eventually buying a new house in Westmont, Illinois. Another teenage daughter turned up while on tour in New Orleans; Big Bill Morganfield was introduced to his Dad after a gig in Florida. Florida was also where Muddy met his future wife, the 19-year-old Marva Jean Brooks whom he nicknamed “Sunshine.” Eric Clapton served as best man at their wedding that same year.
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