We think that it would not be out of line to say that Rock and Roll would sound …

Written by on July 1, 2018

We think that it would not be out of line to say that Rock and Roll would sound a little different if it weren’t for Willie Dixon.

If Willie were still with us, he would have been celebrating his 103rd birthday today. Willie was 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. Next to Muddy Waters, Dixon is recognized as the most influential person in shaping the post-World War II sound of the Chicago blues.

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 his most famous compositions includes “Hoochie Coochie Man”, “I Just Want to Make Love to You”, “Little Red Rooster”, “My Babe”, “Spoonful”, and “You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover”. These tunes were written during the peak of Chess Records, 1950–1965, and performed by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf’, Little Walter, and Bo Diddley.;

His music influenced a worldwide generation of musicians. He was an important link between the blues and rock and roll, working with Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley in the late 1950s.

His songs have been covered by some of the biggest artists/bands in the history of Rock and Roll, including Bob Dylan, Cream, Jeff Beck, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones.

Happy Birthday Mr. Dixon. We like to use the saying ‘Return If Possible’. We could use some more of your talent. You sir are a true American treasure.

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