Muddy Waters and his band performed at the Newport Jazz Festival on July 3rd, 1960 to a raucous welcome. Waters’ label, Chess Records, was on site to record the proceedings and released the album, Muddy Waters at Newport, on this day in music history. Check out film of their performance below, and be sure to check out Muddy dancing with harmonica player James Cotton during the reprise of “Got My Mojo Workin'”!

And here is an article commenting on the environment surrounding the festival that year.

The Newport Rebels and Jazz as Protest

~ Brendan