Sony Music Publishing Signs Global Admin Deal with Muddy Waters Estate


Today Sony Music Publishing announced the signing of a worldwide deal with the estate of singer, songwriter and guitarist Muddy Waters to administer its complete catalog of songs.

Known to many as the father of Chicago blues, McKinley ‘Muddy Waters’ Morganfield is revered as one of the most influential figures in blues and rock-and-roll in the US and globally. His catalog includes legendary hits such as “Mannish Boy,” “Rollin’ Stone,” “Champagne & Reefer,” “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” “Country Blues,” “The Blues Had A Baby And They Called It Rock & Roll” and “Trouble No More.”

Sony Music Publishing Chairman & CEO Jon Platt said, “Muddy Waters was without a doubt one of the most impactful songwriters in modern music. His vibrant, expressive sound is embodied in music today and continues to inspire generations. We look forward to working with the Muddy Waters Estate to build upon its enduring songwriting legacy.”

Sony Music Publishing SVP Songwriter Services Liz Lewis said, “A true songwriter at heart, Muddy Waters’ tremendous influence set a new standard for rock and blues which remains to this day. We are thrilled to welcome the legendary Muddy Waters catalog to SMP, and we look forward to partnering with the Muddy Waters Estate on exciting new ways to invigorate the catalog.”

Mercy Morganfield said, “On behalf of Muddy Waters’ family we take great comfort in knowing that this incredible catalog of music is going to be in the hands of Jon Platt and his team at Sony. My father’s legacy is a vital part of not only musical history but American history. Making sure future generations are aware of the way blues legends like Dad, Howling Wolf, BB King, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and so many others have shaped other genres of music from Rock and Roll to Hip-Hop is so important.

We don’t want these names to get lost in history and in the telling and retelling of their stories. I believe we have a partner in Sony who can help keep that flame alive and expand our reach, giving my father his rightful place in music history, a place we all believe he and so many others deserve. I am looking forward to the work ahead.”

Waters grew to fame in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, quickly establishing himself as a leader in the Chicago blues scene. With classic hits such as “Got My Mojo Working,” Waters’ electric blues style inspired the likes of the Rolling Stones, named after Waters’ hit song “Rollin’ Stone,” as well as Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Johnny Winters and many others. Throughout his career he achieved top accolades including six GRAMMY award wins and eleven nominations. He also received the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement award in 1992 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.