AIRDATE: 04/09/10, 2:30 -3:00 pm
Actor David Oyelowo (“Who Do You Love”)
Actress Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke (“Who Do You Love”)
While most may not recognize the name MacKinley Morganfield, the birth name of Muddy Waters, legendary bluesman of the seminal Chicago blues sound, many are aware that he was an integral part of the formation and success of Chess Records, one of the greatest record labels of all time. In a remarkable performance by British actor David Oyelowo, Muddy Waters’ contributions and music come to life in the film “Who Do You Love.”
Taking its title from the great Bo Diddley song, the film (directed by the Tony-Award winning director, Jerry Zaks) “Who Do You Love” traces the origins of Chess Records beginning with the story of young Leonard and Phil Chess, growing up as Polish Jewish immigrants in Chicago. From their childhood dreams, to inheriting the family junkyard business, to opening the Macamba club, they gambled on the idea of producing records themselves, with the guidance of the great bassist/songwriter, Willie Dixon.
With a score assembled by Budd Carr (perhaps best known for his work with Oliver Stone) and Nora, the authenticity of an extraordinary era in the annals of American music comes to life. Ivy Mills, a fictional composite of some of the quintessential women singers of the day, is played by Megalyn Ann Echikunwoke, in a performance reminiscent of Etta James and Billie Holliday.
These two talented actors talk about the film and the music that helped shape an immortal era in the history of the blues.
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