The Blues Gave Birth to Rock and Roll

Muddy WatersHistorians and musicians are clear – the Blues had a direct and significant influence of what has come to be called “Rock and Roll.”  As the father of modern electric blues Muddy Waters proudly stated that “The Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock And Roll.”  As I wrote elsewhere, Brian Jones and the Rolling Stones were major interpreters of the Chicago blues (as were other British rockers including: Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Eric Burton, and others.)  This article examines the origins and impacts of the great music we call “The Blues.”  The roots of blues extend back to Africa and found their expression through slaves working the southern plantations for centuries.  After World War II, many musicians headed north to Chicago (as well as Detroit, St. Louis, and Memphis); while others went south to New Orleans.

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