Chicago's Checkerboard Lounge, when the Rolling Stones, at the peak of their popularity, dropped into Muddy Waters' show and jammed: Mick Jagger, with Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood on guitars. Waters passed away two years later at the age of 70. How important was Muddy Waters to the Stones? During their very early years when they had no name but landed their first gig, they just happened to be looking at The Best of Muddy Waters, and the first track was Rollin' Stone. In those days you could drank whiskey from the bottle and have cigarettes on your lips.
A third of a century later, they don't look all that much different: