Innocent Words Blues Series: Remembering Blues Legend Willie Dixon: July 1, 1915 – January 29, 1992

Willie Dixon

Willie Dixon

Willie Dixon was a blues pioneer, not only for his phenomenal music, but his stance on the injustice of the musician. He fought hard for the musicians rights to be paid for their art, sadly it’s a fight which still goes on today.

As a producer, songwriter, bassist, and singer, Dixon inspired and influenced the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, just to name a few legendary acts.

Selling his songs as a teenager in Mississippi, Dixon made the move to the Windy City, where he found his own voice in blues (he also won Illinois State Golden Gloves Heavyweight Championship). Dixon was hired by Chess Records to write songs such as “Hoochie Coochie Man” (Muddy Waters) “Evil” (Howlin’ Wolf) and “My Babe” (Little Walter)

After writing songs for Chess artists, producing them and managing the artists, Dixon finally recorded his masterpiece album ‘I am the Blues’ which contained the classics “Backdoor Man,” “Spoonful,” “You Shook Me,” and “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man.”

On January 29, 1992 Dixon passed away from heart failure and was laid to rest in Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

I Am the Blues

I Ain’t Superstitious

Spoonful

Wang Dang Doodle

I Can’t Quit You Baby

Back Door Man

You Shook Me

Little Red Rooster

(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man

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