William James “Willie” Dixon (July 1, 1915 – January 29, 1992) was an American blues musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger and record producer. A Grammy Award winner who was proficient on both the upright bass and the guitar and as a vocalist, Dixon is perhaps best known as one of the most prolific songwriters of his time. He is recognized as one of the founders of the Chicago blues sound.
Dixon’s songs have been recorded by countless musicians in many genres as well as by various ensembles in which he participated. A short list of the man’s most famous compositions includes “Little Red Rooster“, “Hoochie Coochie Man“, “Evil“, “Spoonful“, “Back Door Man“, “I Just Want to Make Love to You“, “I Ain’t Superstitious“, “My Babe“, “Wang Dang Doodle“, and “Bring It On Home“. These tunes were written during the peak of Chess Records, 1950–1965, and performed by Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, and Little Walter, influencing a worldwide generation of musicians.
About the blues:
From Muddy Waters tribute – 1983:
Album of the day.. all Willie Dixon songs, but different performers:
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Released 23 August 1963 (UK)
16 September 1963 (US)
Format 7″ Recorded 1 July 1963
EMI Studios, London
Genre Rock, pop Length 2:17 Label Parlophone R5055 (UK)
Swan 4152 (US)
Writer(s) Lennon–McCartney Producer George Martin
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