Greatest Songs, #459: “Rollin’ Stone” by Muddy Waters

Year: 1948
Written by: McKinley Morganfield
Predates pop charts!

 From Rolling Stone:

For the first single ever on Chess Records, Waters reworked Mississippi bluesman Robert Petway‘s “Catfish Blues” into a spare, spooky track he named “Rollin’ Stone.” “We wouldn’t do it exactly like those older fellows,” Waters said. “We put the beat with it, put a little drive to it.” The Rolling Stones took their name from the title, as did, in part, this magazine; Bob Dylan tipped his hat with “Like a Rolling Stone.”