Cotton pickin' time: Blues greats James Cotton, Little Walter, and Howlin' Wolf (third, fourth and fifth from the left) pose for the camera in a cotton field, pretending to pick cotton. Second from left might be drummer Chico Chism.
It was Muddy Waters who took the Delta blues north to Chicago, electrified the sound, and changed the course of popular music as we know it. That's pretty much the judgment of history, and it is mine as well.
Les Paul, ca. Portrait of Les Paul wearing a sailor outfit. Paul poses with his acoustic guitar and harmonica. Lester Polfuss, better known as Les Paul, is best known for creating the solid body electric guitar.