500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Muddy Waters, 'Mannish Boy'
Writers: McKinley Morganfield, Mel London, Ellas McDaniel
Producers: Leonard and Phil Chess, Willie Dixon
Released: May '55, Chess
Did not chart
After Waters heard Bo Diddley audition "I'm a Man" for Chess, he replied with "Mannish Boy." (Diddley got a credit as McDaniel, his real name.) Both songs were issued in 1955 and shot into the R&B Top 10. "When I heard him, I realized the connection between all the music I heard," Keith Richards said of Waters. "He was like the code book."
Appears on: The Anthology (MCA/Chess)