Willie Dixon

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  • Inducted by:
    Chuck Berry
  • Category:
    Early Influences
Willie Dixon - Signature


The poet laureate of the blues.

Willie Dixon was a consummate bluesman and a key architect of the Chicago blues. He worked with such icons as Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.


Hall of Fame Essay


Mary Katherine Aldin

There never was anybody quite like Willie Dixon. 

The first thing you saw when you met him was that huge grin atop the larger-than-life body; his enor­mous personal warmth, combined with an inexhaustible fund of street-smart music business wis­dom and a tireless devotion to promoting awareness of the blues, won him friends and admirers everywhere he went.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program 1994
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Willie Dixon - Quote
So he made me what I am, so far as the basics of my music.
Chuck Berry



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