Poet laureate of the blues
"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.