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Daily Journal
     October 28, 2019      #91-301 KDJ
Muddy Waters


50 years ago in the blues 

James Walker
Special to the Daily Journal

U.S. Route 45 which runs the length of Illinois has been named one of the deadliest highways in America. On Oct. 26, 1969, it nearly took the life of the world’s most famous blues musician McKinley Morganfield, who always referred to himself as Muddy Water (with no added letter “s”).

The two-car wreck did claim the life of his part time tour driver, James E. (John) Warren, 38. Also hurt in the accident from Muddy’s band were guitar player James “Pee Wee” Madison and piano player Joe “Pinetop” Perkins. Muddy, at age 54, had injuries so severe that he remained in the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for ...

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