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McKinley Morganfield

McKinley Morganfield

Biography

Much of the earthy, acoustic blues recorded between 1934 and 1941 by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress was important in that it preserved the music of artists who were not to be heard on tape again -- not true with McKinley Morganfield. The rich, acoustic slide guitar and deep, powerful vocals were becoming legendary across the Delta, a fact that Lomax quickly recognized. The song recorded was "I Be's Troubled," a haunting, soulful number with amazing guitar playing reflecting the influence of Son House and the sound of Robert Johnson. The tune was to become a hit when Morganfield later changed its title and re-recorded it as "I Can't Be Satisfied," more importantly changing his own name to Muddy Waters.

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