-- 'Steady rollin' man'
-- 'Walkin' blues'
-- 'Malted milk'
Rolling Stones -- 'Love in vain'
-- 'Stop breaking down'
Cream -- 'Crossroad blues'
Fleetwood Mac -- 'Hellhound on my trail'
Robert Johnson often claimed that he learnt the guitar from the devil. His CD The Complete Recordings went platinum in 1990, more than 50 years after his death.
'Father of the Electric Blues'
Moved to Chicago from Mississippi in 1943 and started playing electric guitar. Recorded hits for Chess Records in the early 50s:
'Hoochy Coochie Man', 'Got My Mojo Working','Tiger In Your Tank', 'I Got My Brand on You','Mannish Boy'.
Toured England in 1958. Influenced players like Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield and Eric Clapton. The Rolling Stones named themselves after Muddy's first hit with Chess records, 'Rollin' Stone'.
'King of the 12-string guitar'
One of the first and most influential folk-blues artists.
The Beach Boys -- 'Cottonfields' 1970
Lonnie Donegan (Skiffle) -- 'Rock Island Line' 1956
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) -- 'Black Girl' 1993
Eric Clapton -- 'Alberta' 1992
U2 made contributions to a Leadbelly tribute album 1988
A multi-instumentalist, Leadbelly played accordion, bass, harmonica and piano as well as 12-string guitar. He made many recordings of folk and blues songs and performed throughout the United States and Europe.
(Chester Arthur Burnett)
'The authentic voice of the Mississippi Blues'
Guitarist and vocalist
Having played in the south since 1928,Howlin' Wolf moved to Chicago in 1952 and recorded for Chess Records. Some of the songs recorded then included:
His songs have been covered by the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck, the Doors, Cream, the Electric Flag, Little Feat and Led Zeppelin.