Chuck Berry Inducts Willie Dixon into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
|Birth name||William James Dixon|
|Born||July 1, 1915
Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
|Died||January 29, 1992 (aged 76)
Burbank, California, United States
|Genres||Blues, rock and roll, Chicago blues, jump blues, rhythm and blues, gospel|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, boxer|
|Instruments||Vocals, double bass, guitar|
|Labels||Chess, Cobra, Columbia, Bluesville, Checker, Verve, MCA, Legacy, Columbia, Yambo|
|Associated acts||Big Three Trio, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Lowell Fulson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Chuck Berry, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, Otis Spann|
William James “Willie” Dixon (July 1, 1915 – January 29, 1992) was an American blues musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger and record producer. A Grammy Award winner who was proficient on both the upright bass and the guitar and as a vocalist, Dixon is perhaps best known as one of the most prolific songwriters of his time. He is recognized as one of the founders of the Chicago blues sound.
Dixon’s songs have been recorded by countless musicians in many genres as well as by various ensembles in which he participated. A short list of the man’s most famous compositions includes “Little Red Rooster”, “Hoochie Coochie Man”, “Evil”, “Spoonful”, “Back Door Man”, “I Just Want to Make Love to You”, “I Ain’t Superstitious”, “My Babe”, “Wang Dang Doodle”, and “Bring It On Home”. These tunes were written during the peak of Chess Records, 1950–1965, and performed by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Little Walter, influencing a worldwide generation of musicians.
Next to Muddy Waters, he was the most influential person in shaping the post World War II sound of the Chicago blues.
From Muddy Waters tribute – 1983:
Album of the day – The Chess Box:
-Egil & Hallgeir