Label: Rollin & Tumblin Records - RT2606 • Format: CD • Country: US • Genre: Blues • Style: Modern Electric Blues
Publicar un comentario. Willie Dixon was a prolific blues songwriter with more than compositions to his credit. Born and raised in Mississippi, he rode the rails to Chicago during the Great Depression and became the primary blues songwriter and producer for Chess Records. Willie Dixon was born on July 1,in Vicksburg, Mississippi. As a youth, Dixon heard a variety of blues, dixieland, and ragtime musicians performing on the streets, at picnics and other community functions, and in the clubs near his home where he would listen to them from the sidewalk.
Dixon grew up in an integrated neighborhood on the northern edge of Vicksburg, where his mother ran a small restaurant. The family of seven children lived behind the restaurant, and next to the restaurant was Curley's Barrelhouse. Listening from the street, Dixon, then about eight years old, heard bluesmen Little Brother Montgomery and Charley Patton perform there along with a variety of (Untitled) - Ghédalia Tazartès - Tazartes and dixieland piano players.
Dixon was only twelve when he first landed in jail and was sent to a county farm for stealing some fixtures from an old torn-down house. I had heard 'em with the music and took 'em to be an enjoyable thing but after I heard these guys down there moaning and groaning these really down-to-earth blues, I began to inquire about 'em I really began to find out what the Everything Must Go - Manic Street Preachers - The Return Of . meant to black people, how it gave them consolation to Groovy World - Various - The Sound Of Funk Volume One able to think these things over and sing them to themselves or let other people know what they had in mind and how they resented various Hidden Charms - Blue Lou And The Accusations - Down To Memphis in life.
About a year later Dixon was caught by the local authorities near Clarksdale, Mississippi, and arrested for hoboing. At the Allen Farm, Dixon saw many prisoners being mistreated and beatenDixon himself was mistreated at the county farm, receiving a blow to his head that he said made him deaf for about four years.
He managed to escape, though, and walked to Memphis, where he hopped a freight into Chicago. He stayed there briefly at his sister's house, then went to New York for a short time before returning to Vicksburg.
When Dixon arrived in Chicago inhe started training to be a boxer. He was in excellent physical condition from the heavy work he had Days Go By - Quietdrive - Quietdrive doing down south, and he was a big man as well.
In he won the Hidden Charms - Blue Lou And The Accusations - Down To Memphis Golden Gloves in the novice heavyweight category. Throughout the late s, Dixon was singing in Chicago with various gospel groups, some of which performed on the radio. Dixon had received good training in vocal harmony from Theo Phelps back in Vicksburg, where he sang bass with the Union Jubilee Singers. Dixon, Caston, and some other musicians formed a group called the Five Breezes.
They played around Chicago and in made a record that marked Dixon's first appearance on vinyl. The group was modeled after other popular black vocal groups of the time, such as the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots.
Dixon by this time was singing and playing a regular upright bass. While Chicago blues musicians like Muddy Waters and Little Walter were playing to all-black audiences in small clubs, the Big Three Trio played large show clubs with capacities of three to five thousand.
In after several years of successful touring and recording, the Big Three Trio disbanded. Many of Dixon's compositions were never recorded by the trio, but these songs turned up later in the repertoire of the blues artists Dixon worked with in the s. Leonard and Phil Chess began recording the blues in the late s, and by the Chess brothers were releasing blues records on the label bearing their name.
Over the next decade, Chess became what many consider to be the most important blues label in the world, releasing material by such blues giants as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf and rhythm and blues artists like Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. Many of the blues songs recorded at Chess were written, arranged, and produced by Willie Dixon. Dixon was first used on recording sessions by the Chess brothers in the late s, as his schedule allowed. He performed a variety of duties, including producing, Following You - Jadon Lavik - Moving On Faith, leading the studio band, and playing bass.
Waters was one of Chess's most popular artists and the song became Waters's biggest hit, reaching Number Three on the rhythm and blues charts, Dixon became the label's top songwriter. Dixon supplied Chess blues recording artists with songs for three years, from through At the end ofhowever, he left the label over disputes regarding royalties and contracts.
The West Side gave birth to a less traditional, more modern blues sound and the emphasis placed on the guitar as a lead instrument ultimately proved to be a vastly influential force on the British blues crew in their formative stages. Gradually learning more about the music business, Dixon formed his own publishing company, Ghana Music, in and registered it with Surf Nazi - Revenge - One True Passion Music Incorporated BMI to protect his copyright interest in his own songs.
By Dixon was back at Chess as a full-time employee. The late s were a difficult time for bluesmen in Chicago, even as blues music was gaining popularity in other parts of the United States.
They continued to play together at coffee houses and folk clubs throughout the country and eventually became key players in a folk and blues revival among young white audiences that achieved its height in the s.
Dixon began internationalizing the blues when he went to England with Memphis Slim in The American Folk Blues Festival ran from through and helped the blues reach an audience of young Europeans. American blues musicians soon found they could make more money playing in Europe than in Chicago. They played in concert halls and were reportedly treated like royalty. Dixon played on the tour for three years, then became the Chicago contact for booking blues musicians for the tour.
Toward the end of the s soul music eclipsed the blues in black record sales. Chess Records was sold in and Dixon recorded his last Hidden Charms - Blue Lou And The Accusations - Down To Memphis for the label in The many cover versions of his songs by the rock bands of the s enhanced Dixon's reputation as a certified blues legend. He revived his career as a performer by forming the Chicago Blues All-Stars in Throughout the s Dixon continued to write new songs, record other artists, and release his own performances on his own Yambo label.
His busy performing schedule kept him on the road in the United States and abroad for six months out of the year untilwhen his diabetes worsened and caused him to be hospitalized. He lost a foot from the disease but, after a period of recuperation, continued performing into the next decade.
Dixon resumed touring and regrouped the Chicago Blues All-Stars in the early s. A live recording from the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland resulted in another Grammy nomination. In the s, Dixon established the Blues Heaven Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing scholarship awards and musical instruments to poorly funded schools. Blues Heaven also offers assistance to indigent blues musicians and helps them secure the rights to their songs.
When Dixon died in at the age of 76, the music world lost one of its foremost blues composers and performers. From his musical roots in the Mississippi Delta and Hidden Charms - Blue Lou And The Accusations - Down To Memphis , Dixon created a body of work that reflected the changing times in which he lived.
Las canciones de Dixon crearon literalmente el llamado "Chicago blues sound" y fueron grabadas por artistas del blues como Muddy Waters, Howlin' Αγάπη Παρανοική - Πασχάλης - Τι Έρωτας Κι Αυτός, Bo Diddley, Koko Taylor y muchos otros. En la granja Allen, Dixon vio a muchos prisioneros siendo maltratados y golpeados. Dixon en ese momento estaba cantando y tocando un bajo erguido regular.
Muchas de las canciones de blues grabadas en Chess fueron escritas, arregladas y producidas por Willie Dixon. Related Posts with thumbnails for blogger blogger tutorials. No hay comentarios:. Suscribirse a: Enviar comentarios Atom.
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