Thursday, March 02, 2006

Poet laureate of the blues

Willie Dixon was one of the most prolific blues songwriters, having written over 500 songs in his lifetime. Many of his songs were written for other musicians while he was working at Chess Records.
"Hoochie Coochie Man"&"I Just Want to Make Love to You" for Muddy Waters
"Wang Dang Doodle" for Koko Taylor
"Back Door Man", "Spoonful" & "Little Red Rooster" for Howlin' Wolf
"You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover" for Bo Diddley

Born in 1915, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the seventh of fourteen children. At the age of seventeen, Dixon left Vicksburg in 1936 for Chicago to become a boxer. One year later he was named the Illinois State Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion, but a dispute with his manager over money, ended his boxing career early.
Dixon had sung with the Union Jubilee Singers, a gospel quartet with its own radio program, when he was a youth in Vicksburg. With his boxing career cut short, he began his musical career by forming the Five Breezes in 1940 with Leonard "Baby Doo" Caston. His new career wasn't looking too promising when, after one year with the Five Breezes, Dixon was arrested for refusing induction into the armed forces on the grounds he was a conscientious objector.
Fortunatley, he stuck with music. In 1951 he joined Chess as recording artist, session musician, in-house songwriter and staff musician. Dixon was instrumental in forming the sound that would become the Chicago Blues. Willie Dixon died January 29, 1992.
Over the years his songs have been recorded by Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and dozens of others.

My Buddy Blues - Five Breezes.mp3

Willie Dixon - Study War No More.mp3

2 Comments:

Blogger countrygrrl said...

with the shit going down in iraq it;s good to hear the voice of reason..i aint gonna study war no more ...too right..in years to come when folks look at all the archives i am sure they will see that this war is an unjust one

March 03, 2006 6:53 PM  
Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

Plain folk, such as those who ride buses like this one, could see the human, cultural, economic and environmental disaster in Iraq coming just as easy as they could see the banner on top of their morning ride to work long before the bombing and insertion of democracy began. For that reason I believe things are going as planned back there.

To my knowledge this great site was the first and only such place to post a link to 2+2 until today. The Old Blue Bus has been joined by http://thetyee.ca/ It is a good site for stories about the dark cloud of Dope City this sawmilling boy has not the inclination to write.

March 03, 2006 8:44 PM  

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