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Blues Legend Willie Dixon: Hoochie Coochie Man

John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's act, The Blues Brothers, introduced American youth to the Blues that they loved in Chicago. One of those Chicago legends was the great, WILLIE DIXON, who for years wrote tunes for himself and the artists at Chess Records, played on the sessions and sometimes produced.

 

Outside of Muddy Waters, Willie wrote more great Blues Tunes than anyone else including: "Hoochie Coochie Man", "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "Little Red Rooster", "My Babe" and "Spoonful." His stuff was covered by many of the top Rockers at the time including: the Doors, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Steppenwolf, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix.

 

Willie Dixon was a big man, 6'5" and 250 pounds, and before his musical career was a Professional Boxer. I believe Phil and Leonard Chess liked to have him around even when not recording as muscle. Speaking of the Chess Brothers, they were famous for paying small residuals from their publishing company, and in 1977 Willie and Muddy sued them for back pay, and winning used the money to start their own publishing company.

 

For many years Willie suffered from Diabetes and eventually had a leg amputated. He died of heart failure in 1992. Willie Dixon was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame posthumously in 1994 in the pre-rock area.

 

Fun Fact: Cedric the Entertainer played Willie Dixon in the 2008 film about Chess Records. So here is the legendary Willie Dixon performing his composition, HOOCHY COOCHIE MAN.  (Look for rocker Stephen Stills playing guitar.) @therealdonrocks
 

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