Along with rock and roll artists, Hendrix’s early influences were electric blues guitarists such as Muddy Waters, Elmore James and BB King. During Hendrix’s time in the US military, he listened to blues artists Jimmy Reed, Albert King, and Howling Wolf. Wolf’s song “Killing Floor” was often part of his live shows.
Killing Floor – Howling Wolf
Rolling Stone (Catfish Blues) – Muddy Waters
Hendrix’ performance on “Live In Sweden 1967” includes “Catfish Blues”, which draws inspiration from a Muddy Waters tune called “Rollin’ Stone”, itself an interpretation of the Delta Blues standard, “Catfish Blues”.
Mannish Boy – Muddy Waters, and I’m A Man – Bo Diddley
Jimi Hendrix’ version of Mannish Boy from his posthumous album “Blues”, draws from both Muddy Waters’ “Mannish Boy” and Bo Diddley’s “I’m a Man”.