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  Willie Dixon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Willie Dixon's style of blues was one of the inspirations for a new generation of music, rock and roll.
Dixon subsequently signed for Chess Records as a recording artist, but by 1951 he was a full time employee of the label.
Willie Dixon died of heart failure in Burbank, California in 1992 and was buried in the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois.
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 Willie Dixon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Willie Dixon (July 1 1915 - January 29 1992) was a well-known American blues bassist singer songwriter and record producer.
Dixon was born in Vicksburg Mississippi and died in Burbank California.
Dixon was a producer for Chess and Checker Records in Chicago and is considered one of the figures in the creation of Chicago blues.
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 Willie Dixon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Willie Dixon's life and work was virtually an embodiment of the progress of the blues, from an accidental creation of the descendants of freed slaves to a recognized and vital part of America's musical heritage.
Dixon's remuneration for all of this work, including the songwriting, was minimal -- he was barely able to support his rapidly growing family on the 100 dollars a week that the Chess brothers were giving him, and a short stint with the rival Cobra label at the end of the '50s didn't help him much.
Dixon continued performing, and was also called in as a producer on movie soundtracks such as Gingerale Afternoon and La Bamba, producing the work of his old stablemate Bo Diddley.
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 Biography: Willie Dixon
Willie Dixon's way with words began to be honed not long after he was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 1, 1915.
Dixon noted that the brothers Chess were trying to get a record company off the ground; the brothers Chess noted Dixon was a solid bass player with studio experience any fledgling company could use.
Dixon had picked up that experience working sessions for Lester Melrose, the "go-between man" whom, along with J. Mayo Williams, served as the conduit to such labels as Bluebird and Okeh for Chicago's fl blues community.
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 Willie Dixon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In 1941, Dixon declared himself a conscientious objector and was arrested for refusing to serve in the U.S. armed forces.
Dixon's career was wide ranging, not only did he produce his own recordings he worked in many other areas of the music industry.
Willie Dixon, blues writer and founder of the Blues Heaven Foundation, had hepatitis, when he died of a heart ailment in his Burbank, California.
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 Willie Dixon
Dixon later joined a group organized by Phelps called the Union Jubilee Singers, they were a gospel quartet that had it's own program on the local Vicksburg radio station.
After he was released, Willie formed a new group called the Four Jumps of Jive; they often performed in Chicago clubs and recorded for Mercury in 1945.
Dixon began to work as a session musician, and played bass in the Chess house band, with musicians like, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Little Walter.
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 Willie Dixon - Great Blues Musicians   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Willie Dixon was without doubt the ultimate Blues songwriter, sideman, and producer.
Dixon wrote many of the definitive Blues standards.working with Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf as well as Buddy Guy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Eddie Boyd, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry.
Dixon registered as a conscientious objector in WWII and eventually served time in jail for his convictions.
www.blueshite.com /willie_dixon.html   (253 words)

 PopMatters Music Feature | Hard Hitting Blues: Walkin' the Blues: Willie Dixon
Throughout the later stages of his career, Dixon was at the forefront of efforts to make record companies give artists their due (he even drew his friend Muddy Waters into the lawsuit against Arc).
Everything about Dixon promises a raw, take-no-prisoners man's man. While those elements are certainly there, he's fairly mannered at the microphone, with little of the feral sexuality that Waters gave "Hoochie Coochie Man" or the barely-hinged menace that Wolf brought to "Evil".
Dixon's ring career might have been short-lived, but he was a fighter to the core.
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 PBS - American Roots Music : The Songs and the Artists - Willie Dixon
Chicago bluesman Willie Dixon is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the development of classic urban blues.
As a boy in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Dixon sold copies of his original songs to local bands, developed his harmony singing style with the Union Jubilee Singers, and trained as an amateur heavyweight boxer.
Dixon's successive groups, The Four Jumps of Jive and the Big Three Trio, led him to work as a session bassist for the Chess brothers, who quickly recognized his skills as a songwriter, arranger and producer.
www.pbs.org /americanrootsmusic/pbs_arm_saa_williedixon.html   (230 words)

 Willie Dixon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Willie Dixon is born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on 1 July 1915.
Now 1945 Willie is the founder member of the Big Three Trio, again with Baby Doo Caston and two years later the Trio obtain a recording contract with Columbia Records.
Willie Dixon dies of a heart condition on 29 January 1992.
www.john-meekings.co.uk /wdixon.html   (385 words)

 Willie Dixon: bio and encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Willie Dixon (July 1, EHandler: no quick summary.
Willie Dixon died in Burbank, EHandler: no quick summary.
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 Willie Dixon - Verve Records
Born the seventh of fourteen children on July 1, 1915, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Dixon was greatly influenced by his mother, Daisy, who turned everything she said into rhymes, and Willie learned to do the same.
Dixon died at the age of seventy-six at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank, California on January 29, 1992.
Willie Dixon, blues writer and founder of the Blues Heaven Foundation, had hepatitis when he passed away.
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 Willie Dixon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
For over 30 years Willie Dixon was the most prominent producer, composer and general fixer on the Chicago scene.
His genius as a songwriter, his most enduring gift to the blues, lay in refurbishing archaic Southern motifs, often of magic and country folkways and sometimes derived from earlier artists like Charlie Patton, in contemporary arrangements, to produce songs with both the sinew of the blues and the agility of pop.
Dixon's nothing special, even if he is the blues personified, since his dryly charming voice lacks tonal inflections and his way with rhythm is less than fluent.
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 SurfWax: News, Reviews and Articles On Willie Dixon
Willie Dixon, who wrote such Muddy Waters hits as "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man" and "I Just Want to Make Love to You" became one of the blues' best-known bassists, while guitarists from Jimmy Rogers to Buddy Guy made marks of their own...
Dixon said to me 'small crowds don't bother me none, the most fun I've ever had was in a room with only one other person.' So I play the same in front of one person or a thousand.".
Among the artists featured are blues stars Willie Dixon and Sonny Boy Williamson - from a 1963 programme I Hear The Blues - and Billie Holiday, from her last ever TV appearance on the 1959 Granada programme Chelsea at 9.
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 LivinBlues- Willie Dixon
Willie Dixon was born on July 1, 1915 in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
By the time he was a teenager, Dixon was writing songs and selling copies to the local bands.
During this period, Willie Dixon appeared as a bassist at local jam sessions that included
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 Blues - Biographie - Willie Dixon
Willie Dixon und Muddy Waters haben mehr für den Chicago Blues der Nachkriegszeit getan als alle anderen Künstler.
Dixon arbeitete auch als Session-Musiker; er spielte Bass in der Chess-Hausband und nahm unter anderem mit Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Walter und Jimmy Witherspoon Platten auf.
Dixon verfolgte zwar weiterhin seine Solokarriere, hatte dabei aber nie den gleichen Erfolg wie mit seiner Tätigkeit als Komponist.
www.bluesroots.de /b-dixon.htm   (742 words)

 Blogcritics.org: Willie Dixon - He WAS the Blues
Willie Dixon's income from Chess for all of these duties, including songwriting, was around $100 a week, leading to his growing dissatisfaction.
Dixon formed the Blues Heaven Foundation, in part to help recover copyrights for blues songwriters who had been deprived of funds and credit for their songs in the bad old days.
Willie Dixon's impact on the blues and rock and roll cannot be understated.
www.blogcritics.org /archives/2005/04/15/092832.php   (3044 words)

 DVD.net : Willie Dixon - I Am the Blues - DVD Review
Dixon learnt much of his craft from a local carpenter and part-time muso who helped Dixon develop his deep voice into an effective harmonising instrument.
Dixon was a more than competent singer, writer, bass player, guitarist and eventually producer.
Dixon’s contribution to the history of the blues should not be underestimated.
www.dvd.net.au /review.cgi?review_id=3139   (1055 words)

 Willie Dixon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
On October 13, 2002 Vicksburg, Mississippi Mayor Laurence Leyens declared Dixon's birthday, July 1 to be known as Willie Dixon Day, and on October 14 a Vicksburg street was named after the blues great.
Next step is a statue to honor Willie Dixon...
Dixon was a cornerstone of the blues and all those wild lyrics he wrote were indeed exotic, but the inspiration for all that imagery was here all around us.
www.box61.homestead.com /dixon.html   (918 words)

 [minstrels] Hoochie Coochie Man -- Willie Dixon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
As usual, the All-Music Guide has the most comprehensive info on the net, including this [Biographical essay] Willie Dixon's life and work was virtually an embodiment of the progress of the blues, from an accidental creation of the descendants of freed slaves to a recognized and vital part of America's musical heritage.
Dixon had suffered from increasingly poor health in recent years, and lost a leg to diabetes several years earlier, which didn't slow him down very much.
From: "Mike Byrne" I never thought of Willie Dixon as a poet....until now.He was and is one of my favorite blues musicians.
www.cs.rice.edu /~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/173.html   (1062 words)

 TBH, Dixon-Hooker
What distinguished Willie Dixon from most other Delta bluesmen of his day was his ability to read, write, compose, and arrange music -- talents that were to destine him for legendary status among the bluesmakers.
Dixon was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1915 and was influenced as a child by his mother -- a writer of religious poetry -- and the local gospel scene.
Howlin' Wolf was born near West Point, Mississippi, in 1910 and was influenced at an early age by Charley Patton, Willie Brown, and Sonny Boy Williamson 2.
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 Telarc International:
A member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and a prolific writer, Dixon influenced everyone from Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones to The Doors and Led Zeppelin.
This spirit is found in the Willie Dixon compositions on the previous two tributes and it is found consistently here as one great artist after another shows us what Willie Dixon means to them while invoking his spirit in song.”
Willie Smith, Calvin Jones, Pinetop Perkins, Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson, Bob Margolin, and Jerry Portnoy form the core, although there's an equally impressive guest roster including Greg Allman, James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Levon Helm, and Junior Wells.
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 dOc DVD Review: Willie Dixon: I Am The Blues (2002)
Dixon was also an in-demand upright bass player at Chicago's legendary Chess Records recording studios in the mid-1950s, appearing on many of Chuck Berry's groundbreaking 45s including Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B. Goode.
Willie Dixon: I Am the Blues captures the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member in the twilight of his career, during a 1984 concert with the Chicago Blues All-Stars in support.
One of the few visual documents devoted to one of the genre's founding fathers, Willie Dixon: I Am The Blues is an aptly titled keepsake and an eternal reminder of just how important this man was to the evolution of rock and roll as we know it.
www.digitallyobsessed.com /showreview.php3?ID=4340   (750 words)

 Amazon.com: Willie's Blues: Music: Willie Dixon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
And Willie Dixon's vocals aren't particularly inspired either...his writing talents and A&R savvy were always more remarkable than his skills as a vocalist.
But still, this is Willie Dixon (all three hundred pounds of him), and Memphis Slim, too, so it can't be all bad, and it certainly isn't.
Dixon, would you please sign this for me?" It was funny, because he saw that I had an "official" LP of his, but he just kept on staring at me for a minute or two, then he shook his head, signed the LP, and walked away to get ready for the show.
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 Willie Dixon MP3 Downloads - Willie Dixon Music Downloads - Willie Dixon Music Videos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
According to the original liner notes, this 1959 Willie Dixon session was cut during a two hour span in between flights.
On top of this, one has to contend with Dixon's less-then-inspired vocals -- it's Dixon's writing talents and A&R savvy in the blues world that warrant him a place in the pantheon, not his skills at the microphone.
That all said, this still is an enjoyable disc to listen to, not least of all because of the quality of Dixon's many originals and the freshness of pianist Memphis Slim's playing.
www.mp3.com /albums/66825/summary.html   (351 words)

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