Willie Dixon

 

If you wanted to give the bass another name, you might call it....Willie Dixon!

Is there a blues riff Willie Dixon didn’t write?

This Vicksburg, Mississippi born icon’s influence on popular music is incalculable.

You could argue that every rock song ever composed and recorded bears his imprint – and will continue to do so, and you wouldn’t lose that debate!  

For the record, Willie’s tunes and motifs have been etched into the human psyche by artists spanning Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, Tom Jones, New York Dolls, Martina McBride, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Etta James, Mose Allison, Nancy Wilson, Cliff Richard, and scores of others.

A singer, composer, guitarist, sideman, producer, founder of Blues Heaven Foundation, artists’ rights activist, label owner, and upright player, among other endeavors, Dixon’s amalgamation of jazz, jive, jump and Chicago blues and permutations thereof endures generation after generation after generation.

You could argue the Willie Dixon, a bassist, is the most influential musician ever…and you wouldn’t lose that debate!