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.
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.
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:
“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.
About Willie Dixon:
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