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Quiz about Muddy Waters Blues Legend
Quiz about Muddy Waters Blues Legend

Muddy Waters, Blues Legend Trivia Quiz


This quiz explores the music of Muddy Waters.

A multiple-choice quiz by skylarb. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
skylarb
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
399,923
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
20
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
14 / 20
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Question 1 of 20
1. Muddy Waters recorded a version of what song, which was first popularized by Big Joe Williams and later sung by Van Morrison as the frontman for Them? The song includes such phrases as "before I be your dog" and "turn your lamp down low." Hint


Question 2 of 20
2. What was the real first name of Muddy Waters? Hint


Question 3 of 20
3. "Well, my mother told my father, / Just before hmmm, I was born, / 'I got a boy child's comin', / Gonna be, he gonna be a" what? Hint


Question 4 of 20
4. "Well you know the blues got pregnant / and they named the baby" what?

Answer: (Three words, no abbreviations )
Question 5 of 20
5. Muddy Waters first became active in the 1940s, but he had a resurgence of popularity when blues guitarist Johnny Winter produced three of his Grammy Award-winning albums in which decade? Hint


Question 6 of 20
6. Which of these musicians is NOT mentioned in the song "The Blues Had a Baby"? Hint


Question 7 of 20
7. What song contains the lyrics "I'm a man / I'm a full-grown man / I'm a man / I'm a rollin' stone / I'm a man / I'm a hoochie-coochie man"? Hint


Question 8 of 20
8. "I don't want you to be no slave / I don't want you to work all day / I don't want you to be true / I just want to" do what?
Hint


Question 9 of 20
9. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included four songs written by Muddy Waters on its "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll." Which was NOT one of them? Hint


Question 10 of 20
10. Muddy Waters popularized the song "Got My Mojo Working." What is a mojo? Hint


Question 11 of 20
11. Which of these musicians was NOT in the band that played with Muddy Waters in the early 1950s? Hint


Question 12 of 20
12. What blues musician, known for "Smokestack Lightnin'" and "Spoonful," maintained a legendary rivalry with Muddy Waters after moving to Chicago in the early 1950s? Hint


Question 13 of 20
13. What Muddy Waters song, inspired by a Blind Lemon Jefferson song, contains the lyrics, "When I hear your voice / Ease my worried mind"? Hint


Question 14 of 20
14. What Muddy Waters song, written by Willie Dixon, spent nine weeks on the Billboard R&B chart and contains the lyrics, "I'm drinking TNT, I'm smoking dynamite / I hope some screwball start a fight"? Hint


Question 15 of 20
15. What album, recorded in 1968, was scorned by critics and later disowned by Muddy Waters himself? Hint


Question 16 of 20
16. In what category did Muddy Waters win six Grammy Awards? Hint


Question 17 of 20
17. Although Muddy Waters was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has never been inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.


Question 18 of 20
18. Who recorded the first Muddy Waters single? Hint


Question 19 of 20
19. What upbeat blues song was first recorded by Muddy Waters in 1955 and later popularized by The Allman Brothers Band in the late 1960s? It begins, "Don't care how long you gone / I don't care how long you staying." Hint


Question 20 of 20
20. What word is missing from these lyrics? "Woman I'm troubled, I be all worried in mind / Well baby I just can't be _____ / And I just can't keep from cryin'."

Answer: (One Word)

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Muddy Waters recorded a version of what song, which was first popularized by Big Joe Williams and later sung by Van Morrison as the frontman for Them? The song includes such phrases as "before I be your dog" and "turn your lamp down low."

Answer: Baby, Please Don't Go

"Baby, please don't go
Down to New Orleans, you know I love you so.
Before I be your dog...
I get you way'd out here, and let you walk alone
Turn your lamp down low...
I beg you all night long, baby, please don't go."

The Delta Blues musician Big Joe Williams popularized this old blues standard in 1935, and Muddy Waters recorded his version in 1953. John Lee Hooker also recorded a soulful version of the song in 1959, from which Them's version was derived. Them, with 19-year-old Van Morrison as their lead singer, released "Baby, Please Don't Go" as a single in 1964 in the U.K. and in 1965 in the U.S. with "Gloria" on the B-side.

Van Morrison was influenced by Muddy Waters and alludes to him in his song "And the Healing Has Begun":

"Let's just sit down and take tea
I'll just move over there a little bit now
Yeah, I'm gonna play this Muddy Waters record you got there
Oh, if you just open up a little bit
And let me come on in one some backstreet jellyroll."
2. What was the real first name of Muddy Waters?

Answer: McKinley

Muddy Waters was born McKinley Morganfield on April 4, 1913. He grew up near Clarksdale, Mississippi, on the Stovall Plantation. His grandmother nicknamed him Muddy because of his penchant for playing in muddy creek water.
3. "Well, my mother told my father, / Just before hmmm, I was born, / 'I got a boy child's comin', / Gonna be, he gonna be a" what?

Answer: rollin' stone

"Well, I wish I was a catfish,
Swimmin in a oh, deep, blue sea
I would have all you good lookin women,
Fishin, fishin after me...
Well, my mother told my father,
Just before hmmm, I was born,
"I got a boy child's comin',
Gonna be, he gonna be a rollin' stone,
Sure 'nough, he's a rollin' stone."

Muddy Waters released "Rollin' Stone" as a single in 1950 with "Walkin' Blues" on the B-side. The band The Rolling Stones, which was formed in 1962, took its name from this song, and it also inspired the name of Rolling Stone Magazine. The song is based on "Catfish Blues," a Delta blues song from the 1920s originating in Mississippi.
4. "Well you know the blues got pregnant / and they named the baby" what?

Answer: rock and roll

These lines come from the song "The Blues Had a Baby And They Named It Rock and Roll."

"All you people, you know the blues got a soul
Well this is a story, a story never been told
Well you know the blues got pregnant
And they named the baby rock and roll."

Muddy Waters wrote this song with Brownie McGhee and recorded a version of it on "Hard Again," which was released in 1977.
5. Muddy Waters first became active in the 1940s, but he had a resurgence of popularity when blues guitarist Johnny Winter produced three of his Grammy Award-winning albums in which decade?

Answer: 1970s

Johnny Winter produced "Hard Again" (1977), "I'm Ready" (1978) and "Muddy 'Mississippi' Waters - Live" (1979). Johnny Winter is a blues guitarist who won a Grammy for his own 2015 blues album "Step Back" and was nominated for "Let Me In" in the Contemporary Blues Album category in 1993.

Born in Beaumont, Texas in 1944, he was ranked 63 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
6. Which of these musicians is NOT mentioned in the song "The Blues Had a Baby"?

Answer: Buddy Guy

"Muddy Waters said it, you know the blues got a soul
James Brown said it, you know the blues got a soul
Well the blues had a baby and they named the baby rock & roll
Ray Charles said it, you know the blues got a soul
John Lee Hooker said it, you know the blues got a soul
Well the blues had a baby and they named the baby rock & roll
Otis Redding said it, you know the blues got a soul
Queen Victoria said it, you know the blues got a soul
Well the blues had a baby and they named the baby Rock & Roll."

Otis Redding is a soul singer well known for songs such as "Sitting by the Dock of the Bay" and "Try a Little Tenderness." Ray Charles, also called "Brother Ray" and "The Genius" combined blues, gospel, and R&B in his music, which won 17 Grammy Awards. John Lee Hooker was a blues singer and guitarist famous for his electric-guitar style Delta blues.
7. What song contains the lyrics "I'm a man / I'm a full-grown man / I'm a man / I'm a rollin' stone / I'm a man / I'm a hoochie-coochie man"?

Answer: Mannish Boy

"I'm a man (yeah)
I spell M
A, child
N
That represent man
No B
O, child
Y
That spell mannish boy
I'm a man
I'm a full-grown man."

"Mannish Boy" was released as a single in 1955 with "Young Fashioned Ways" on the B-Side. The song is credited to Muddy Waters along with Mel London and Bo Diddley. It is, in part, likely a response to the condescending and racist tendency to call a black man a "boy" in the South in which Muddy Waters grew up.
8. "I don't want you to be no slave / I don't want you to work all day / I don't want you to be true / I just want to" do what?

Answer: make love to you

"I Just Want to Make Love To You" (or "Make Love to Me") was written by Willie Dixon and released as a single by Muddy Waters in 1954 with "Oh Yeh" on the B-side. Etta James covered it on her debut album "At Last!" Her version peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart. The blues rock group Foghat also included it on their 1972 debut album.
9. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included four songs written by Muddy Waters on its "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll." Which was NOT one of them?

Answer: Mustang Sally

James Henke, the chief curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with several music critics and writers, chose 500 songs they believed to have been the most influential in shaping rock and roll music. "Rollin' Stone" was the fourth Muddy Waters song included on the list, in addition to "Mannish Boy," "Got My Mojo Working," and "Hoochie Coochie Man."

"Mustang Sally" was written and recorded by Mack Rice in 1965.
10. Muddy Waters popularized the song "Got My Mojo Working." What is a mojo?

Answer: A talisman

"Got My Mojo Working" was written by Preston "Red" Foster and first recorded in 1956 by Ann Cole, but it was Muddy Waters who popularized the song in 1957, releasing it as a single with "Rock Me" on the B-side.

The mojo is a magic charm, talisman, amulet, or spell associated with an early African-American folk-magic spirituality know as hoodoo (or low country voodoo), which originated in the Gullah South Carolina Lowcountry as a blend and evolution of West African spiritual beliefs and traditions.
11. Which of these musicians was NOT in the band that played with Muddy Waters in the early 1950s?

Answer: Robert Johnson

In the early 1950s, Muddy Waters's band consisted of Little Walter Jacobs on harmonica, Elga Edmonds on drums, Jimmy Rogers on guitar, and Otis Spann on piano. Together, they recorded standards such as "Hoochie Coochie Man," "I'm Ready," and "I Just Want to Make Love to You." They also sometimes recorded with songwriter and blues bassist Willie Dixon. Robert Johnson died in 1938 at the age of 27, before Muddy Waters began recording.
12. What blues musician, known for "Smokestack Lightnin'" and "Spoonful," maintained a legendary rivalry with Muddy Waters after moving to Chicago in the early 1950s?

Answer: Howlin' Wolf

Willie Dixon wrote songs for both Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. According to "Rubber City Review," Muddy initially gave Howlin' Wolf a warm welcome and even let him stay in his home. "But they soon became rivals, largely due to Wolf's highly competitive and jealous nature. In 1955, Wolf even filed a grievance with Chicago's African American chapter of the American Federation of Musicians claiming Muddy had stiffed him out of some gigs at a local club."
13. What Muddy Waters song, inspired by a Blind Lemon Jefferson song, contains the lyrics, "When I hear your voice / Ease my worried mind"?

Answer: Long Distance Call

"You say you love me, darling
Please, call me on the phone sometime
You say you love me, darling
Please, call me on the phone sometime
When I hear your voice
Ease my worried mind."

In 1951, Muddy Waters released "Long Distance Call" as a single with "Too Young To Know" on the B-side. It peaked at number eight on the US R&B chart and was included on "The Best of Muddy Waters," which was released in 1958. The song is based on Blind Lemon Jefferson's song "Long Distance Moan," which was first recorded in 1929.
14. What Muddy Waters song, written by Willie Dixon, spent nine weeks on the Billboard R&B chart and contains the lyrics, "I'm drinking TNT, I'm smoking dynamite / I hope some screwball start a fight"?

Answer: I'm Ready

"I'm ready, as ready as anybody can be
I'm ready, ready as anybody can be
I'm ready for you, I hope you ready for me

I got a axe-handled pistol on my graveyard frame
That shoot tombstone bullets, wearing balls and chain
I'm drinking TNT, I'm smoking dynamite
I hope some screwball start a fight."

Muddy Waters was the first to record "I'm Ready." He released the song as a single in 1954 with "I Don't Know Why" on the B-side. It peaked at number four on the Billboard R&B chart. The writer, Willie Dixon, is recognized, along with Muddy Waters, as being one of the most influential shapers of the Chicago blues.
15. What album, recorded in 1968, was scorned by critics and later disowned by Muddy Waters himself?

Answer: Electric Mud

In "Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters," Robert Gordon quotes Muddy as saying, "That Electric Mud record I did, that one was dog---." Members of the Rotary Connection served as backing members on the album, which Muddy described as having "all this wow-wow and fuzztone." It fused psychedelic music with electric blues.

Despite the criticism heaped on the album, it did reach number 127 on the Billboard 200 chart.
16. In what category did Muddy Waters win six Grammy Awards?

Answer: Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording

Muddy Waters won in the category of "Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording" for six different albums. He won in 1972 for "They Call Me Muddy Waters," in 1973 for "The London Muddy Waters Sessions," in 1975 for "The Muddy Waters Woodstock Album," in 1978 for "Hard Again," in 1979 for "I'm Ready," and in 1980 for "Muddy 'Mississippi' Waters Live." Those last three albums were produced by Johnny Winter.

In 1992, he also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
17. Although Muddy Waters was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he has never been inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.

Answer: false

He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1980 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. In addition to these two inductions and his many Grammys, Muddy Waters has also won several Blues Foundation Awards, including Traditional Blues Album of the Year for "The Lost Tapes of Muddy Waters" and Historical Blues Album of the year for "Fathers and Sons."
18. Who recorded the first Muddy Waters single?

Answer: The Library of Congress

In 1941, American ethnomusicologis Alan Lomax recorded Muddy Waters for the Library of Congress as part of its folk song collecting project. Funding for the project was cut off in 1942, but Alan Lomax continued his work independently. Aristocrat released Muddy Waters' next set of singles, "Gypsy Woman" / "Little Anna Mae," in 1948, followed by several more. Chess was next in 1950 with "Rollin' Stone" / "Walkin' Blues," and continued to release Muddy Water singles until the 1970s, when Blue Sky took over for the blues man.
19. What upbeat blues song was first recorded by Muddy Waters in 1955 and later popularized by The Allman Brothers Band in the late 1960s? It begins, "Don't care how long you gone / I don't care how long you staying."

Answer: Trouble No More

"Don't care how long you gone
I don't care how long you staying
But, good kind treatment
Gonna bring you home someday
But someday baby
You ain't gonna trouble poor me anymore."

"Trouble No More" is a variation on "Someday Baby Blues," which was first recorded in 1935 by Sleepy John Estes. "Trouble No More" was released as a Chess single, and in 1956 it hit number seven on the Billboard R&B chart.
20. What word is missing from these lyrics? "Woman I'm troubled, I be all worried in mind / Well baby I just can't be _____ / And I just can't keep from cryin'."

Answer: satisfied

"I Can't Be Satisfied" was released as a single by Chess Records in 1948 and later re-recorded on "Hard Again" in 1977. "Hard Again" was Muddy Waters first album since leaving Chess, and it won the Grammy Award for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording. It contained two other Chess Records re-recordings: "Mannish Boy" and "I Want to Be Loved."
Source: Author skylarb

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