Willie DixonWillie Dixon
(July 1, 1915 - January 19, 1992), musician (bass
), singer, and blues songwriter
and record producer
. Dixon was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and died in Burbank, California.
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.
He wrote many famous blues songs, usually producing and playing bass when they were first recorded:
- "Hoochie Coochie Man"
- "My Babe"
- "Little Red Rooster"
- "Wang Dang Doodle"
- Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" was appropriated without credit from Dixon's "You Need Love" as was "You Shook Me". Dixon and his publisher received credit and royalties after a lawsuit was settled out of court.
- "Backdoor Man"
- "Bring It On Home"