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Granddad to the Blues: Willie Dixon

As a kid, I was into music. I was fortunate to grow up listening to a musical stew brewed up by my older brothers and their friends whose taste was, let’s say, “diverse”.
The Beatles, Cream, Harry Chapin, Led Zeppelin, Zappa, and Little Feat shared a room sometimes with Count Basie and his Orchestra, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and BB King. Out back on the patio? Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Charlie Daniels Band and the Edgar Winter Group.

Willie Dixon photo courtesy of The Willie Dixon Fan Club

Willie Dixon courtesy of The Willie Dixon Fan Club

What does this have to do with Willie Dixon?
All of it. As I got older, I dug deeper into the history of the blues and discovered roots to all the music I was already into, burrowed deep in the psyche of the bands I loved. Time and time again, I was led to the music of Willie Dixon.
Keep going! 6 videos featuring the music of Willie Dixon>>>
First, it happened listening to The Allman Brothers Band recording of “Hoochie Coochie Man”. I used to play the grooves out of the Allman’s “Beginnings” double album (their first 2 albums put in one set). I loved the track but noticed it wasn’t written by them. It was written by Willie Dixon.

So what?
Digging deeper, I discovered over time who Willie Dixon was: Composer, Producer, Bassist and Vocalist (1915 – 1992). Willie Dixon songs have been covered (and stolen by) way too many artists to go into here. His influence on this most American of music, the blues, is evident in the sound of every rock and roll band on the road today.

I’m placing links to stories about Willie Dixon at the bottom of this post, for those of you who share my passion for history.

Willie Dixon’s Grandson does a great job of keeping the legacy alive here> The Willie Dixon Fan Club on Facebook

I hope you enjoy these selections of Willie Dixon music from Youtube:

Bassology:
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Studio version – Willie Dixon doing “I Can’t Quit You Baby” for those who may not realize where Led Zeppelin got it from:
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Willie’s sense of humor shines through on this one “I’m Nervous”
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Seventh Son:
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Spoonful – Classic Willie Dixon songwriting, Here’s a great Howlin’ Wolf version…I first loved this song as done by Cream, then went to the source…
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Etta James doing Willie Dixon’s Spoonful
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“Spoonful” performed by Etta James and Harvey Fuqua. Composed by blues legend Willie Dixon and lyrically loosely based on Charley Patton’s “Spoonful Blues”.

Currently the CD project for my band Trace Relations is in the mix phase, working toward a May 2011 release. On it are songs I have co-written with others as well as music that has had a profound impact on my life. The CD will include our version of Willie Dixon’s “I Live the Life I Love”. I am excited to release this track, another homage to the great Willie Dixon.

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About Willie Dixon:

Official Willie Dixon Website

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Willie Dixon

Willie Dixon Biography from Wikipedia

List of Songs Composed By Willie Dixon. Wow.

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6 Responses to “Granddad to the Blues: Willie Dixon”

  1. […] Music News: I Live the Life I Love – Trace Relations Band “I see you watching me like a hawk. I don’t mind about the things you talk. But if you touch me something’s got to give. I live the life I love and I love the life I live.” ~ Willie Dixon Willie Dixon courtesy of The Willie Dixon Fan Club Blues History: Who Was Willie Dixon? Read about his incredible contributions to American music here> Willie Dixon: Granddad to the Blues […]

  2. Debbie Barth says:

    Thanks for introducing me to Willie Dixon! What an amazing talent and the videos are classic! This blog is definitely for music enthusiast of all genres. The only criterion? It’s for the person who won’t settle for less than the best when it comes to music and likes a little history on the side.

  3. Tracy Ready says:

    You are very welcome Debbie… and thanks for having me ON THE GRID… you rule.

  4. stan stewart says:

    Thanks, Tracy. Awesome bluesman, Willie.

    Bummer that the track of “Spoonful” you linked to has been removed. Here’s a different one for your enjoyment: http://www.schooltube.com/video/83e0e82f5d5da6608f88/Willie-Dixon-Spoonful

    Playful blessings,
    Stan

  5. Tracy Ready says:

    Thanks Stan… yes Willie was great inspiring figure in music, wayyyy ahead of his time. Glad you enjoyed, thanks for the heads up about Spoonful video issue… just replaced it with Howlin’ Wolf’s killer version. checkitout! cheers, T

  6. […] Welcome! This is the second in the series “Stories Behind the Songs” about the tracks on Trace Relations’ debut CD “Prosperity Street”. Track 2 on the disc is Willie Dixon’s “I Live the Life I Love” a classic blues song that we updated on the record. Why? READ ON, Groove on… Willie Dixon courtesy of The Willie Dixon Fan Club Blues History: Who Was Willie Dixon? Read about his incredible contributions to American music here> Willie Dixon: Granddad to the Blues […]

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