Muddy Waters was an American blues musician and is generally considered "the father of Chicago blues." His career spanned over thirty years and he produced what are considered to be some of the finest blues songs ever.

Muddy Waters is generally considered one of the most influential bluesmen of all time. His fondness for playing in mud earned him the nickname "Muddy" at an early age. He later changed it to "Muddy Water" and finally "Muddy Waters".

Waters started out on harmonica but by age seventeen he was playing the guitar at parties and fish fries, emulating two blues artists who were extremely popular in the south, Son House and Robert Johnson.