Wednesday When It Was Music ~ “Blues You Can’t Lose” ~ Willie Dixon

Written by Willie Dixon
Released from the 1988 album Hidden Charms.

Willie Dixon – vocals
Cash McCall – guitar, steel guitar, background vocals
Sugar Blue – harmonica
Lafayette Leake – piano
Red Callender – bass
Earl Palmer – drums

In 1989 Willie Dixon won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Recording with this Album.

The song list he had written throughout his career was endless. In 1977 diabetes took this scrapping big blues man’s right leg but it didn’t get the best of him by any means.

This one time boxer turned into one of the biggest legends the blues would ever have. Musician, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Vocalist, played – Double Bass & Guitar. Dixon would write most of the white rock-n-rollers song lists and soundtracks who came through the 1960s & 70s.

Dixon defined Chicago Blues, Chess & Checker records.

This big bassman wrote, played and sang like the Giant he was, credited with writing more than 500 songs by the end of his life.

An in the end he left the same way he had come in, the best talent that there ever was.


The Blues Foundation started in 1980 and in that inaugural year he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Posthumously inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the “early influences” (pre-rock) category in 1994.

In his later years founded the Blues Heaven Foundation with the mission to preserve the blues’ legacy and to secure copyrights and royalties for blues musicians who were exploited in the past.

Dixon’s Words;

“The blues are the roots and the other musics are the fruits. It’s better keeping the roots alive, because it means better fruits from now on. The blues are the roots of all American music. As long as American music survives, so will the blues.”


And they always will Mr. Dixon.




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