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A BIT OF HISTORY: ‘ROLLIN’ STONE’ by Muddy Waters

Original Muddy Waters song from which the Stones took their name from (as well as Rolling Stone magazine) Muddy recorded the song in 1950. According to the Encyclopedia of the Blues book, ROLLIN’ STONE was actually his interpretation of “Catfish Blues”, a Delta blues song that dates back to 1920s Mississippi. Brian Jones named the band (formerly The Rollin’ Stones) during a phone call to the Jazz News music paper. When asked by a journalist for the band’s name, Jones saw a Muddy Waters LP lying on the floor; in which one of the tracks was “Rollin’ Stone”.

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