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.