@amsco15 - am in full agreement. By the way, do you really live in Muddy Waters’ house?
No, I live a couple suburbs west. His house was recently for sale and I would be very happy living in that house. It reminds me to be humble in all achievement. He was a monster influence on the culture and he considered Westmont paradise. Westmont is nice but his home couldn’t be more humble. It’s right across the street from a very busy rail line and is small. However, I’ve visited his house (a facsimile) in Mississippi and his previous home in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood (you can still buy that house - tough neighborhood, not by the University of Chicago) and Westmont, by comparison, is paradise. It’s just not Malibu where Dylan lives and Muddy should have had enough money to live anywhere he wanted.
A few asides, I have talked to several people that knew Muddy. He was a big deal here in Chicago and lots of people are still alive that worked with him. Like with all people, the reviews are mixed. He did make some real money in his life. It’s easy to say he was taken advantage of. Maybe, however, wine, women and song took a lot of his money. The flip side to that is Dylan, and others, lived the same life and still had/have real wealth left over.
Westmont does celebrate its claim to fame. There is a very small museum in the city center with several artifacts and pictures. Some pictures exist of Eric Clapton at his house in the yard. I’ve lived in the Western Chicago suburbs, with the exception of a long 20 year plus stint in the Air Force, my whole life and never really knew where Muddy’s house was. I was listening to the Muddy Waters Chess set and saw in the accompanying book that the Rolling Stones sent a telegram to his house in Westmont, on Muddy’s birthday (60th?), asking him to attend their concert at the Chicago Stadium (mid 70s?). A limo would be sent. I thought that was really cool. Plugged in the address on my GPS and took a look.
Sorry for the ramble. I like telling the story.