Muddy Waters
Historical Exhibit & Blues Tribute
Westmont, Illinois
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Westmont, Illinois

Home to the Godfather of the Blues

In the early 1970's, Muddy Waters, considered to be the Godfather of the Blues, had decided he was ready to move away from the south side of Chicago.  With several young children who he had taken under his wing, he felt that he needed to move into a better environment for his family.  His manager Scott Cameron found a location and Muddy fell in love with the community immediately - that community was Westmont, Illinois.

After Muddy's wife Geneva had passed away, he met a beautiful young lady who he asked to come a live with him in Westmont.  Muddy and Marva were eventually married and they lived in Westmont from 1973 until Muddy passed in April of 1983.  While the legend of Muddy Waters had been established many years prior to this decade, it is safe to say that his years in Westmont were some of the best years of his life.  Personally and professionally, Muddy had finally approached "satisfaction".

In honor of the Godfather of the Blues, the Westmont Special Events Corporation and the Westmont Historical Society have put together an important collection of Muddy Waters artifacts including rare photos, classic album sleeves, nostalgic memorabilia and even one of Muddy's Grammy Awards.  We invite everyone to come and learn about one of modern music's most influential characters.

Unofficially, this photo taken by
Paul Natkin has been titled, "SATISFIED".
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