Song Of The Day: Muddy Waters – “I Just Want To Make Love To You” (1954)

One-hundred-and-four years ago on this day, blues legend Muddy Waters was born in Mississippi. He didn’t really begin to make his mark on music history until he was 43 years old, when he recorded his first electric blues album for Chess Records in Chicago. By 1954, when this Willie Dixon-penned song was recorded, Muddy Waters was at the forefront of an electric Blues movement that was already inspiring thousands of young musicians, especially in the UK. The sexual directness of Waters’ music would get it banned from US airplay for years, but it would capture the imagination of a younger generation that was eager to break the shackles of the repressive moral code of the time. This song became something like an anthem for the Rock Revolution of the late Sixties and the social revolution that came along with it. It was recorded by, among others, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Chuck Berry, Etta James, the Grateful Dead, Rod Stewart, The Animals, The Yardbirds, Van Morrison, Tom Petty, and the Meat Puppets.

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