At Newport 1960

At Newport 1960 is a dwell album by Muddy Waters recorded throughout his efficiency on the Newport Jazz Competition on July 3, 1960. Together with his longtime backup band, Muddy Waters performs a mixture of his older fashionable tunes and a few newer compositions. Chess Information launched the album in the US on November 15, 1960.

At Newport 1960 is typically known as the primary dwell blues album and has acquired crucial acclaim. Rolling Stone journal included it at quantity 348 on its record of “500 Best Albums of all Time”.[1] Together with the songs on The Better of Muddy Waters (1958), the album was an necessary affect on the rising youthful white blues scenes within the U.S. and U.Okay.


Muddy Waters was one of the crucial fashionable blues artists of the Fifties.[2] Starting in 1948, he had fifteen singles that appeared on the Billboard Rhythm & Blues Information chart.[3] His debut album, The Better of Muddy Waters (1958), contained twelve of his hits. Nonetheless, by 1960, what had been the normal blues audiences had been shifting away from Chicago-style blues in the direction of the extra polished R&B and soul sounds.[4] Chess launched Sings Large Invoice Broonzy (1960), a set of Muddy Waters’ interpretations of songs by the blues musician Large Invoice Broonzy.[5] When he carried out on the Newport Jazz Competition, his electrical blues band consisted of Otis Spann (piano, vocals), Pat Hare (guitar), James Cotton (harmonica), Andrew Stevens (bass) and Francis Clay (drums).[6]


The gig was scheduled for Sunday afternoon, July 3. The day earlier than, performances by Ray Charles and singing group Lambert, Hendricks and Ross had been met with unruly crowds. About 300 drunken revelers made a commotion throughout Charles’ efficiency and the police responded with teargas and water hoses. The riots grew to become so uncontrolled that the Nationwide Guard was referred to as in at midnight to calm the gang. When Waters and his band arrived on the scheduled day, they meant to drive again on the subsequent day, till driver James Cotton noticed John Lee Hooker standing at a nook, his guitar on his again with out a guitar case. Cotton mentioned Hooker ought to get into his automobile to get the musicians out of hurt’s manner. On the similar time, the town council determined to cancel the live performance, however live performance promoter George Wein satisfied them when he mentioned that the US Info Company (USIA) deliberate to movie the competition to show American tradition in different nations.[7]

Earlier than Waters’ efficiency, his band backed Otis Spann, who was the band chief, and John Lee Hooker. At about 7 p.m., Muddy Waters entered the stage, sporting black, whereas the remainder of the band wore white fits. At Newport 1960 opens with then-unreleased “I Obtained My Model on You”, which was recorded one month prior, and “(I am Your) Hoochie Coochie Man”, each written by Willie Dixon. Subsequent are the Large Joe Williams cowl “Child Please Do not Go”, Oden’s “Quickly Forgotten”, Dixon’s “Tiger in Your Tank” and Broonzy’s “I Really feel So Good”. On the finish of “I’ve Obtained My Mojo Working”, each bluesman gathered on the stage to carry out medleys of blues requirements. Jazz poet and directorate of Newport Langston Hughes spontaneously wrote a closing tune, the sluggish “Goodbye Newport Blues”, this time with Spann as singer, as Waters was too exhausted to carry out.[6][7]

Chess Information launched the album within the U.S. on November 15, 1960, which was produced by label proprietor Leonard Chess.[6] Chess issued the album on CD in 1986. MCA Information, the successor to Chess, digitally remastered it in 2001 with a considerably higher sound high quality.[8] The remastered model comprises three bonus tracks recorded in Chicago in June 1960.[9]

Album cowl

The album cowl depicts Muddy Waters on the Newport Jazz Competition holding a semi-acoustic guitar. When the photographer, William Claxton, requested him to pose for the quilt, Muddy left his Fender Telecaster (which he performed throughout the live performance) on the stage and as a substitute held the semi-acoustic guitar, belonging to his buddy John Lee Hooker.[10]


Skilled rankings
Evaluate scores
Supply Score
All About Jazz (favorable)[11]
AllMusic [8]
Blues Entry (favorable)[12]
fRoots (favorable)[13]
Southwest Blues (favorable)[14]
The Penguin Information to Blues Recordings [15]

At Newport 1960 is mostly praised for the upbeat efficiency by Waters and his band. Cub Koda, writing for AllMusic, says that Waters “lays it down powerful and funky with a set that actually had [the audience] dancing within the aisles by the set shut”. Moreover, he remarked that the opening monitor, “I Obtained My Model on You”, “positively burns the comparatively tame (as compared) studio take”.[8] Matthew Oshinsky, in 1001 Albums You Should Hear Earlier than You Die, praises the “cruel chorus” in “Hoochie Coochie Man” and the “unvarnished moaning” in “Child Please Do not Go”. He additionally enjoys Muddy’s highly effective baritone, Cotton’s harmonica enjoying, Spann’s “pub piano”–like enjoying and the general danceable music.[16]

Chris Smith, in 101 Albums That Modified Widespread Music, praises Waters’s “growly vocal presentation, energetic stage presence, and electrifying (actually and figuratively) performances”.[17] The album is ranked quantity 348 on Rolling Stones “500 Best Albums of All Time”, during which the band’s enjoying is described as “powerful, tight and within the groove” and Cotton’s harmonica jams are talked about as “a particular deal with”,[1][18] In Vibe journal’s “100 Important Albums of the twentieth Century”, a critic calls the album “immortal.”[19] The album is talked about in The Tough Information to Blues 100 Important CDs.[20]

Many musicians and bands, such because The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, have been influenced by his electrical sound and used this and his biggest hits album in creating a tough rock sound. At Newport 1960 was one of many first dwell blues albums.[6]

Observe itemizing

Particulars are taken from the unique 1960 Chess Information liner notes and will differ from different sources.[21]

Facet 1
No. Title Author(s) Size
1. “I Obtained My Model on You” McKinley Morganfield a.ok.a. Muddy Waters[a] 4:32
2. “I am Your Hoochie Coochie Man” Morganfield[b] 3:00
3. “Child, Please Do not Go” Morganfield[c] 3:01
4. “Quickly Forgotten” James Oden 4:22
5. “Tiger in Your Tank” Willie Dixon 4:30
Facet 2
No. Title Author(s) Size
1. “I Really feel So Good” Large Invoice Broonzy 2:55
2. “Obtained My Mojo Working” Morganfield[d] 4:30
3. “Obtained My Mojo Working, Half 2” Morganfield[e] 2:48
4. “Goodbye Newport Blues” Langston Hughes, Morganfield 4:50


2001 remastered bonus tracks
No. Title Author(s) Size
10. “I Obtained My Model on You” Dixon 2:22
11. “Quickly Forgotten” Oden 2:41
12. “Tiger in Your Tank” Dixon 2:17
13. “Meanest Lady” Morganfield 2:18



  • Adelt, Ulrich (August 31, 2011). Blues Music within the Sixties: A Story in Black and White. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers College Press. ISBN 978-0-8135-5174-6. OCLC 752962199.
  • Capace, Nancy (December 1, 2001). Encyclopedia of Mississippi. Santa Barbara, California: Somerset Publishers. ISBN 978-0-403-09603-9. OCLC 46485566.
  • Smith, Chris (April 14, 2009). 101 Albums That Modified Widespread Music. New York Metropolis: Oxford College Press. ISBN 978-0-19-537371-4. OCLC 259266639.
  • “The Vibe 100 – Judgement Day”. Vibe. Vol. 7, no. 10. December 1999 – January 2000.
  • “And The Relaxation: Muddy Waters – Dwell at Newport/Dwell (BGO)”. fRoots. December 1996. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (assist)
  • Lydon, Michael (October 31, 2005). 1001 Albums: You Should Hear Earlier than You Die. London: Cassell Illustrated. ISBN 978-1-84403-392-8. OCLC 224890343.
  • Ward, Greg (November 23, 2000). The Tough Information to Blues 100 Important CDs (1st ed.). Tough Guides. ISBN 978-1-85828-560-3. OCLC 231873478.
  • Gordon, Robert (June 1, 2003). Cannot Be Glad – The Life and Occasions of Muddy Waters. Keith Richards (foreword). Again Bay Books. ISBN 978-0-316-16494-8.
  • Whitburn, Joel (1988). Prime R&B Singles 1942–1988. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Document Analysis. ISBN 0-89820-068-7.

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