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Chicago blues songwriter/bassist Willie Dixon did most of his work behind the scenes, but here he lays claim to his incredible legacy, delivering new versions of classics he penned for Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Willie Mabon. While Dixon and drummer Clifton James inject some funk into "Back Door Man", most of the tunes—from spooky stomper "I Ain't Superstitious" to the simmering, sensual "You Shook Me" and randy slow-burner "Little Red Rooster"—receive an old-school treatment, with Dixon's authoritative vocals commanding the spotlight for a change.


Born: 01 July 1915 in Vicksburg, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Willie Dixon's life and work was virtually an embodiment of the progress of the blues, from an accidental creation of the descendants of freed slaves to a recognized and vital part of America's musical heritage. That Dixon was one of the first professional blues songwriters to benefit in a serious, material way -- and that he had to fight to do it -- from his work also made him an important symbol of the injustice that still informs the music industry, even at the end of the 20th century. A producer,...
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