In 1950, blues legend Muddy Waters released Rollin' Stone, it was his first release on Chess Records. The song is a variation of the 1920's traditional blues song known as Catfish Blues, an early favorite of Waters'. Waters had recored in Chicago since 1943, he was signed to Okeh (a subsidiary of Columbia Records) before moving to Aristocrat. In 1950, Aristocrat became Chess - Rollin' Stone was the second release for new label. It was Water's first successful recording, and it's sales allowed for him to quit his day job. In 1951, Waters used the Rollin' Stone melody on his follow-up record Still A Fool, which charted and sold even better. Waters is one of the most influential musicians ever, and his music is credited with influencing rock music and other genres. In 1962, the song Rollin' Stone is said to have inspired the name for rock group The Rolling Stones. Waters died in 1983, and in 2000 Rollin' Stone was appropriately acknowledged with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
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