Muddy Waters's House
Muddy Waters lived most of his first thirty years in a house on this site, part of the Stovall Plantation. In 1996 the restored house was put on display at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. Muddy Waters was first recorded here in 1941 by Alan Lomax, who was compiling songs for the Library of Congress. Muddy Waters is known as the king of Chicago blues.
Muddy Waters African American music on the Stovall plantation was documented as early as 1901, when a Harvard archaeologist heard local workers singing what he later described as “autochthonous music" and "strains of apparently genuine African music." Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield, 1913-1983) moved to Stovall with his grandmother from Rolling Fork, Mississippi, c. 1915. The Stovall plantation remained his primary base until he moved to Chicago in 1943.
In August 1941, on a field recording expedition sponsored by the Library of Congress and Fisk University, Alan Lomax and John Work set up portable equipment in Waters' house to record Muddy and other local musicians, including fiddler Henry "Son" Simms. Lomax returned with
Waters' cousin, The Reverend Wilie Morganfield (1927-2003), was born on the Stovall plantation and turned down offers to sing the blues and devoted his talents to the church, becoming a popular gospel recording artist in the 1960s. He was pastor of the Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksdale. Blues singer-pianist Eddie Boyd (1914-1994), who wrote the classic "Five Long Years," a No. 1 rhythm & blues hit in 1952, was also born on Stovall. Stovall resident and blues bassist David "Pecan" Porter (1943-2003) later lived in the house that Muddy Waters had earlier occupied. Porter was active on the Clarksdale blues scene from the 1960s through the 1990s.
Only in the 1980s, after the vacant
Erected 2007 by Mississippi Blues Commission. (Marker Number 9.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail 🎶 series list.
Location. 34° 15.785′ N, 90° 37.947′ W. Marker is in Stovall, Mississippi, in Coahoma County. Marker is at the intersection of Oakhurst Stovall Road and Farrell-Eagles Nest West, on the right when traveling south on Oakhurst Stovall Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Oakhurst Stovall Road, Clarksdale MS 38614, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. J.W. Cutrer House (approx. 5.1 miles away); Tennessee Williams (approx. 5.1 miles away); Temple Beth Israel (approx. 5.2 miles away); Clarksdale (approx. 5.2 miles away); Carnegie Public Library (approx. Harvey B. Heidelberg (approx. 5.3 miles away); WROX Radio (approx. 5.4 miles away); Ike Turner (approx. 5.4 miles away).
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on Muddy Waters. (Submitted on November 19, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 19, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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