Willie Dixon

Willie Dixon (born July 1, 1915, Vicksburg, Miss., U.S.-died Jan. 29, 1992, Burbank, Calif.) was a U.S. musician who influenced the emergence of electric blues and rock music. In 1936 Dixon moved from his native Mississippi to Chicago, won an Illinois Golden Gloves boxing championship, and began selling his songs. ...show more

Willie Dixon (born July 1, 1915, Vicksburg, Miss., U.S.-died Jan. 29, 1992, Burbank, Calif.) was a U.S. musician who influenced the emergence of electric blues and rock music. In 1936 Dixon moved from his native Mississippi to Chicago, won an Illinois Golden Gloves boxing championship, and began selling his songs.

He played double bass in several bands before joining Chess Records. His lively compositions, which he sold for as little as $30, included "Little Red Rooster," "You Shook Me," and "Back Door Man"; many were later recorded by Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley, and the Rolling Stones. Dixon toured widely throughout the U.S. and Europe.

extensive subsequent covers, include: "29 Ways" - Marc Cohn, Willie Dixon, The Blues Band "300 Pounds Of Joy" - Howlin' Wolf, Tom Jones & Jools Holland "After Five Long Years" - Willie Dixon "As Long as I Have You" - Led Zeppelin "Back Door Man"[9] - Howlin' Wolf, The Doors, Grateful Dead, Shadows of Knight, Bob Weir "Big Boss Man" - Jimmy Reed, Elvis Presley, The Animals, The Grateful Dead "Bring It on Home" - Sonny Boy Williamson II, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, Dread Zeppelin, Johnny Thunders "Built for Comfort" - Howlin' Wolf, Canned Heat, UFO "Crazy For My Baby" - Little Walter, Charlie Musselwhite, Willie Dixon "Crazy Love" - Buddy Guy "Crazy Mixed Up World" - Little Walter "Close to You" - Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Doors "Dead Presidents" - Little Walter, The J. Geils Band "Diddy Wah Diddy" - Bo Diddley, Captain Beefheart, The Blues Band "Do Me Right" - Lowell Fulson "Do the Do" - Howlin' Wolf "Don't Go No Farther" - Muddy Waters "Don't Tell Me Nothin´" - Willie Dixon - used in the movie The Color of Money "Down in the Bottom" - Howlin' Wolf, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings "Earthquake and Hurricane" - Willie Dixon "Eternity" - Grateful Dead "Everybody Needs Something" - Little Walter "Everything But You" - Jimmy Witherspoon "Everything's Got a Time" - Willie Dixon "Evil" - Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Canned Heat, Captain Beefheart, Monster Magnet, Derek and the Dominos, Gary Moore, Cactus, The Faces, Steve Miller, Koko Taylor "Flamin' Mamie" - Willie Dixon "Help Me" - Sonny Boy Williamson II "Gone Daddy Gone" - the Violent Femmes' Gordon Gano incorporated elements of "I Just Want To Make Love To You" into his track; the former was later covered by Gnarls Barkley "Grave Digger Blues" - Willie Dixon "Groanin' the Blues" - Willie Dixon, Eric Clapton "Hidden Charms" - Howlin' Wolf, Link Wray "Hoochie Coochie Man"[6] - Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Shadows of Knight, Eric Burdon, The Nashville Teens, Dion, The Allman Brothers Band, Alexis Korner, Steppenwolf, Chuck Berry, Motörhead, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Healey, Manfred Mann "Howlin' For My Baby" - Howlin' Wolf, George Thorogood "I Ain't Superstitious" - Howlin' Wolf, The Yardbirds, Grateful Dead, Megadeth, The Jeff Beck Group, Chris Spedding "I Can't Quit You Baby" - Little Milton, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Led Zeppelin, Gary Moore, Dread Zeppelin, Nine Below Zero "I Can't Understand" - Los Lobos (co-written with Cesar Rojas) "I Don't Make Sense (You Can't Make Peace)" - Willie Dixon "If the Sea Was Whiskey" - Chris Thile "I Got What It Takes" - Koko Taylor "I Just Want To Make Love To You"[6] - Muddy Waters, The Animals, The Kinks, The Yardbirds, Shadows of Knight, Mungo Jerry, Grateful Dead, Foghat, The Rolling Stones, Etta James, Van Morrison, Paul Rodgers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, April Wine, Robben Ford, Meat Puppets, Cold Blood "I Love the Life I Live, I Live the Life I Love" - Muddy Waters, Willie Nelson "I'm Ready"[6] - Muddy Waters, Humble Pie, Buddy Guy, Aerosmith, Long John Baldry, Eric Burdon, George Thorogood, Albert King "Insane Asylum" - Koko Taylor, Kathy McDonald and Sly Stone, Diamanda Galás, Asylum Street Spankers, The Detroit Cobras, Oxbow feat. Marianne Faithful "I Don't Play" - Robben Ford "I Got My Brand on You" - Muddy Waters "It Don't Make Sense (You Can't Make Peace)" - Styx "I Want To Be Loved" - Muddy Waters, The Rolling Stones "Let Me Love You Baby" - Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Muddy Waters, B. B. ...show less