By Mitsutoshi Inaba

ISBN-10: 0810869934

ISBN-13: 9780810869936

ISBN-10: 0810869942

ISBN-13: 9780810869943

One of many greats of blues track, Willie Dixon was once a recording artist whose skills prolonged past that of bass participant. A singer, songwriter, arranger, and manufacturer, Dixon's paintings motivated numerous artists around the track spectrum. In Willie Dixon: Preacher of the Blues, Mitsutoshi Inaba examines Dixon's occupation, from his earliest recordings with the 5 Breezes via his significant paintings with Chess files and Cobra Records.Focusing on Dixon's paintings at the Chicago blues from the Nineteen Forties to the early Seventies, this publication info the advance of Dixon's songwriting innovations from his early expert occupation to his mature interval and compares the compositions he supplied for various artists. This quantity additionally explores Dixon's philosophy of songwriting and its social, ancient, and cultural heritage. this is often the 1st research to debate his compositions in an African American cultural context, drawing upon interviews along with his kinfolk and previous band individuals. This quantity additionally contains a exact record of Dixon's consultation paintings, within which his compositions are chronologically geared up.

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10. David Evans, “A Review for Mitsutoshi Inaba’s Manuscript,” June 10, 2008, p. 3. 11. William Barlow, Looking Up at Down: The Emergence of Blues Culture (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1989), 326. In Dixon’s experience, “one group of people was calling it ‘reel’ because it was the real facts of life. . ” Dixon, I Am the Blues, 4. Other artists remembered the term reels, like blind gospel singer Charles Haffer. When Alan Lomax asked Haffer about his career as a singer, he answered, “I reckon I might say I always was talented for singing.

And he wanted to put it in the music form so people could sing about it and enjoy. He wanted you to be loved, and he wanted you to understand the facts of life. 36 One important quality of the blues performer was his or her ability to uplift, just like an enthusiastic preacher would do to his congregations. indb 7 7/22/11 8:00 AM 8 Chapter One These qualities observed in city blues performance were also very much present in the Delta blues. ”38 Muddy Waters saw clear analogies between his mentor, Son House, and a Baptist preacher: “That guy could preach the blues .

James H. , Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2000), 100. Citations are to the Orbis Books edition. 13. Jon Michael Spencer, Blues and Evil (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1993), xxiii. 14. Ibid. 15. Ibid. 16. , 69. 17. Willie Dixon, with Don Snowden, I Am the Blues: The Willie Dixon Story (New York: Da Capo Press, 1989), 2. 18. , All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues, 3rd ed. (San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2003). 19. Worth Long, “The Wisdom of the Blues—Defining as the True Facts of life: An Interview with Willie Dixon,” African American Review 29, no.

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