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500 Greatest Songs of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Muddy Waters, 'Rollin' Stone'
500
465/500

465. Muddy Waters, 'Rollin' Stone'

Writer: McKinley Morganfield
Producers: Leonard and Phil Chess
Released: 1948, Chess
predates chart

For Chess Records' first single, Waters turned Mississippi bluesman Robert Petway's "Catfish Blues" into a spare track he named "Rollin' Stone." "We wouldn't do it exactly like those older fellows," Waters said. "We put the beat with it, put a little drive to it." The Rolling Stones took their name from it, as did, in part, this magazine.

Appears on: The Anthology: 1947-1972 (Chess/MCA)

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