Written by Willie Dixon
Released off his first album, “Willie’s Blues” in 1959.
Label; Prestige Bluesville : BVLP-1003
Willie Dixon – double bass, vocals
Memphis Slim – piano
Gus Johnson – drums
Wally Richardson – guitar
Harold Ashby – tenor saxophone
From the man who gave us “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”.
And this was just a mere taste of this Chicago Blues Founder.
Along side of Muddy Waters this is what set the stage for what would become Rock-n-Roll. You can Thank Chess Record artists for the likes of Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Cream, The Doors, The Yardbirds, The Allman Brothers, Led Zepplin and countless others who had number one hits with Dixon’s songs.
Songwriter, Composer, Bass Man, Singer and Chicago Blues Pioneer. All of what you’ve heard in Rock over the years started along with others like Willie Dixon.
In reality there would have never been a British Invasion of anything if not for these Blues Artists. The Brits couldn’t get enough of this music and with their exposure of it finally gave all who created, played and started it first their due. Too bad America couldn’t recognize that fact until Elvis. Because even he knew from which his roots truly came from.
Willie Dixon was born July 1, 1915. During his long career he worked with the best Blues artists alive, at Chess: Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Rush, Bo Diddley, Joe Louis Walker, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor, Little Milton, Eddie Boyd, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lowell Fulson, Willie Mabon, Memphis Slim, Washboard Sam, Jimmy Rogers, Sam Lay then onto Chuck Berry and the birth of Rock-n-Roll.
In the 1970s-80s after suffering from the effects of severe diabetes one of his legs had to be amputated. He died of heart failure at the age of 76 on January 29, 1992.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the “early influences” (pre-rock) category in 1994. In my opinion he should have been one of the first ones inducted.
He only wrote the hits for the Rock Bands songs who were inducted before him. Better late then never I suppose.
That’s why in his later years Dixon founded the “Blues Heaven Foundation”. The organization works to preserve the blues’ legacy and to secure copyrights and royalties for blues musicians who were exploited in the past.
But I do know one thing this mans legacy will live on until the end of time. Because whether you know it or not your favorite song may have been written by him.