Willie Dixon

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Early Influence

Inducted in: 1994

Inducted by: Chuck Berry

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1996 (ranked #29 in the Influences - Pre-Rock Era category) .

Willie Dixon @ Wikipedia

Willie Dixon Videos


6 comments so far (post your own)

Well he is IN..Where would the blues or rock be with out him..? He is the MAN.....
Gosh!! I am the first to say anything.. Just think of all the words on others less worthy .. lol A great true music ICON such as Willy left in the shadows of yesterday.....? I doubt it..!

I am very "Proud", to be the first HERE to say.. He is the greatest... RIP.. Willie thanks for your songs ..they live on an on...LIKE A STATUE OF GOLDEN STONE

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 08.25.09 @ 22:33pm

I'm glad Willie Dixon is in. I personally would have put him in as a Non-Performer rather than an Early Influence. Seems like he was much more renowned for his songwriting than his actual recordings, but "Walkin' The Blues" is a great song.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 08.25.09 @ 23:00pm

IF it were up to me He would be in all of the Categories and some new ones lol
From sideman, writer, performer, producer,talent scout .. gosh it is almost endless ..Very few if any can wear as many hats as he did do does... I didn't know he wrote Walkin Blues.. Gee that is one mo out of the 100's it seems he wrote....Just unbelievable talent...!

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 08.25.09 @ 23:14pm

Well, "Walkin' Blues" and "Walkin' THE Blues" are two different songs... careful there. lol.

Nowadays though, it seems most acts are wearing all the major hats (except for EI).

But that's precisely I really want to see the Tokens get in. They were Performers (and had a hell of a lot more in their favor than "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), backup singers, musicians, songwriters, producers, label owners... all as a single unit. They did it all and were a lot of the muscle that made the heart of rock'n'roll beat.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 08.25.09 @ 23:21pm

Yeah, gotta luv Willie Dixon. Heres a video (veryfunny!) of him singing "Nervous" -

Posted by Telarock on Wednesday, 08.26.09 @ 08:54am


Bernie Taupin's letter to the Songwriters Hall of Fame about Willie Dixon

An Open Letter To The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Once again I’m forced to express my utter frustration with The Songwriters Hall of Fame nominating committee for failing to lionize and reward the work of Willie Dixon, arguably the greatest and single most successful blues composer of the 20th century. His inclusion in the Songwriters Hall of Fame is embarrassingly overdue.

To continually ignore this titan of the blues while consistently honoring songwriters whose work merely constitutes a handful of hits at most (I’ll refrain from naming names) is not only an appalling oversight, but a slap in the face to a genre that his songs have dominated for decades.

Without Willie Dixon, Chicago blues and Chess Records in particular would be bereft of much of its catalogue while every fledgling English blues band starting out would have be down to half a set list, think The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Cream and Led Zeppelin.

Ever since my teens, I have been in awe of Willie Dixon’s extraordinary talent as a musician, arranger, producer and above all other things a songwriter of unique and raw originality. In my estimation, he is an American icon in the tradition of Woody Guthrie, Led Belly and Duke Ellington deserving of the same accolades and rightful place in any organization that salutes compositional greatness (he was inducted posthumously into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.)

The Songwriters Hall of Fame informed me that they stopped inducting deceased songwriters because it became “physically impossible.” How? Aside from the fact that Willie Dixon should have been inducted before he was deceased, how on earth does The Songwriters Hall of Fame rationalize the exclusion of someone who embodies the very meaning of the words above the door? If as they say they can not arbitrarily induct someone, that it’s up to the voting membership, then I ask who are these people and have they no sense of history?

In today’s world the Songwriters Hall of Fame has become not so much about who deserves to be elected but all about whom they can build a flashy spectacle around. Recognition has become secondary to mediocrity fueled by getting marquee names to perform songs by someone who had some hits in the 70’s or 80’s.

Click the Wikipedia link below and see for yourself the incredible legacy of Willie Dixon. If you agree with me and see his exclusion from The Songwriters Hall of Fame as a travesty please let them know at their contact link below.

Bernie Taupin

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 02.13.14 @ 22:40pm

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