Personalities | Willie Dixon | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Bass, vocals, songwriter, 1915–92)

Willie James Dixon was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi and moved to Chicago at the age of 11. He learned bass and made his recording debut with the Five Breezes in 1940. After the Second World War he formed the Big Three trio, with whom he worked and recorded until 1952. He began a lengthy working relationship with Chess Records as a studio bassist, talent scout and songwriter, and wrote songs associated with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Koko Taylor and Cream, among others. He joined forces with Memphis Slim in 1959 and toured internationally, and later formed his own band, the Chicago Blues All-Stars.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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