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Birth name: William James Dixon.
Born: July 1, 1915 Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA.
Died: January 29, 1992 Burbank, California, USA. (heart failure)
Buried in the Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois, USA.
He was born as William James Dixon, in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Willie Dixon was a producer for Chess and Checker Records in Chicago and is considered one of the key figures in the creation of Chicago blues. Willie Dixon worked with Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Led Zeppelin, Otis Rush, Bo Diddley, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Koko Taylor, Little Milton, Eddie Boyd, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lowell Fulson, Willie Mabon, Memphis Slim, Washboard Sam, Jimmy Rogers, and others.
Willie Dixon took up boxing, and was so successful as to win the Golden Gloves heavywight title in 1936. His progress in learning to play the bass was halted when he resisted the World War II draft, and was imprisoned for ten months. After the war, Willie Dixon re-united with his bass playing tutor, Baby Doo Caston, forming the Big Three Trio. His relationship with them was sometimes strained, although his spell there covered the years from 1948 to the early 1960s. During this time his output, and influence was prodigious. Indeed, he once claimed "I am the blues.".
His double bass playing was of a high standard. He appears on many of Chuck Berry's early recordings, further proving his linkage between the blues and the birth of rock 'n' roll.
Willie Dixon's genius as a songwriter lay in refurbishing archaic Southern motifs, in contemporary arrangements.
In addition, as his songwriting and production work started to take a backseat, his organisational ability was utilised, putting together all-star, Chicago based blues ensembles for work in Europe.
His health deteriorated in the 1970s and 1980s, due to long-term diabetes, and eventually his leg had to be amputated. Willie Dixon died in 1992 and was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.