Four mighty strings and 50 mighty players: the best bassists are the ones who carve out signature sounds and play as many memorable licks as the guitarists.
Willie Dixon's composition was inspired by Esso Gasoline's popular advertising campaign.
Despite his relatively young age, he had a recording career that spanned a remarkable 50 years.
After years of toil, the Scottish frontman and his band were en route to the UK album top ten.
Recorded in four days, The Rolling Stones’ debut album honoured the blues and introduced the band to America as “England’s newest hit makers”.
Willie Dixon was a fixer, arranger, talent scout, boxer, performer and songwriter, who did more to shape the sound of post war Chicago blues than any other.
One of the building blocks of rock’n’roll, Willie Dixon’s ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ has been recorded by everyone from Muddy Waters to and Motörhead.
Released in 1964, The Rolling Stones’ version of Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Little Red Rooster’ became the first blues record to top the UK singles chart.
In 1955, the great blues writer and future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member had his only US singles success in his own name with 'Walking The Blues.'
Muddy was the first to record Willie Dixon's future blues classic 'I'm Ready,' on 1 September 1954.
'Wheels Of Fire' introduced the classic ‘White Room’ and other great performances by the rock trio.
Though a groundbreaking songwriter, when the idiosyncratic Chuck Berry took on the blues, he did it his own way – as an intriguing 1983 compilation proves.
In 1956, the great bluesman recorded his commemoration of a Mississippi tragedy.
Penned by Willie Dixon, Otis Rush’s original take on I Can’t Quit You Baby has inspired rip-roaring versions from both Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones.
The lead track is a remake of the much-covered 'I Just Want To Make Love To You,' written by Willie Dixon and first recorded by Muddy Waters.