McKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician. He is often considered the “father of modern Chicago blues”. Waters grew up immersed in the Delta blues, and was first recorded by archivist Alan Lomax. In 1943, he moved to Chicago and began playing in clubs. He transformed the soul of the rural South into the sound of the city, electrifying the blues at a pivotal point in the early postwar period.