500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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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)

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