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Willie Dixon helped invent Rock and Roll

This Monday marks the birthdate of a man whose musical influence is part of the very fabric of the "Revolution"..William James "Willie" Dixon was his name..Willie Dixon. This humble genius came from the deep South, Vickburg Mississippi and like so many others looking to get out of the poverty, he went North, to Chicago, and along with Muddy Waters, pretty much invented Chicago Blues. Willie worked with the biggest names, he played both upright bass and guitar. Howlin Wolf, Otis Rush Bo Diddley, Joe Louis Walker and countless others. But it was Rock and Roll that really got the benefit of the Willie Dixon touch. His songwriting was stellar, and the rockers picked his songs and made them into hits, classics really. Songs like The Stones "Little Red Rooster", "Spoonful by Cream", Back Door Man from the Doors first amazing album. "I Just Want To Make Love To You", sound familiar Foghat fans? The list is too long to go on, but suffice it to say that Dylan Cream, Hendrix, Zeppelin, the Yardbirds, Foghat, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Allman Brothers Band, and the Grateful Dead all have a thank you to lay on Willie Dixon's grave this Monday. He died of heart failure in Burbank California on January 29, 1992. He is buried in the Burr Oak Cemetery near Chicago. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame in the 'early influence' category in 1994. Willie you were one of the originals. Thanks for the tunes.

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06/25/2012 2:02PM
Willie Dixon helped invent Rock and Roll
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