Music Night – The Best of the Blues

Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Yardbirds, Led Zepplin, Savoy Brown, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Monkees, Grateful Dead,, The Boxtops, The Blues Brothers, Paul Butterfield, Leslie West, Tom Jones, Fleetwood Mac, The Who, Ten Years After, Canned Heat, Cream, John Hammond, Mose Allison, Bill Haley, Sting, Johnnie Rivers, The Band, Spencer Davis Group, The Everly Brothers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Elvis Presley, George Thorogood, ZZ Top, The Doors, Marianne Faithful, Styx, Humble Pie, Aerosmith, The Righteous Brothers, Asylum Street Spankers, Mungo Jerry, The Animals, The Kinks, Van Morrison, Manfred Mann, The New York Dolls, Dave Van Ronk, Jeff Beck Group, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, the Allman Brothers, Steve Miller, Captain Beefheart, Eric Burdon, Elvis Costello, Derek and the Dominos, Johnny Winter, Ten Years After, Steve Miller, Charley Musselwhite, Dion Dimucci, Phish, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Weir:

These are some of the more familiar white musicians who have recorded one of the most prolific and the most influential blues artists of all times- Willie Dixon.

The list of blues musicians who have recorded his songs are among the Who’s Who of the blues:

Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Rush, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Witherspoon, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Little Milton, Little Walter, Etta James, Louisiana Red, Magic Sam, James Cotton, Jimmie Reed, Luther Allison, B.B. King, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Mama Thornton, Junior Wells, Willie Mabon, Lowell Fulson, and (the great) Elmore James.

A former boxer and conscientious objector in WWII, Willie’s stand up bass backed many of the greatest assemblages of blues musicians found in Chicago at the zenith of the genre. For those not familiar with the blues, it was not all moping around and crying.

Blues Night at The Zoo. The party starts now.

Here’s Willie doing a song he did not write, but popularized by Muddy Waters.

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130 thoughts on “Music Night – The Best of the Blues

    • You weren’t. The same 14,485 people have all played that video 1000 times each! :D

  1. The Woods Hole squid goes nuts for Cypress Hill:

    The specifics of what you’re seeing:

    “The video is a view through an 8x microscope zoomed in on the dorsal side of the caudal fin of the squid. We used a suction electrode to stimulate the fin nerve. Chromatophores are pigmeted cells that come in 3 colors: Brown, Red, and Yellow. Each chromatophore is lined with up to 16 muscles that contract to reveal their color.”

  2. I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around the MONKEE’S being “blues”

      • I liked the years of and the Memphis Horns….. saw them in Fort Wayne (long story)…… it was a fun, full sound with the brass added… this looks like the Horns plus some other guys.

  3. caught him at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival a few years back, and he had 40,000 people transfixed…

  4. I saw Kinsey Report several times in Chicago blues clubs early 90s….. 4 brothers called Kinsey… what a great band name.

  5. This one goes out to a fat drtug-addled fascist in Florida who thinks that OBama is God enough to send a hurricane to screw with his fascist buddies in Tampa next week…. everyone knows that Slowhand is God…

    • Why yes, I believe that too, and tried to convince Queen Z of that fact a couple of weeks ago, but she wasn’t buying. Silly girl.

  6. OK, so the blues meme has been busted – shamne…… we still hadn’t played any Robert Johnson …. or this dude…

  7. Here’s Chris Duarte – the best thing to come out of Texas since I-10 and Stevie Ray Vaughn

  8. Okay children, WNWOG is going off air. Remember, if you can’t be cool, be as cool as you can…

  9. OK – I give up – this one is dedicated to Taylow Swift – who upset the Kennedys this wseek…

      • Say el tel, what do you mean? Check waaay up yonder – I was playing old time blues!
        Duarte sounds like SRV – not quite as crisp but I like his style!

  10. OK sports fans, I’m done and so are my offspring…. here’s the Duck Song part two… stay with it now…. the punch line is worth it ….. g’night all

    • Uncertain what it says about me:
      I love the Duck Songs…All of them!

      Thanks for posting…
      goodnight Turtles – sleep well!

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