Song of the Day: Willie Dixon, “Spoonful”

You can’t talk about Chicago blues without a mention of big Willie Dixon. Willie was an outstanding standup bass player and singer who played with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry, and other Chess Records acts. He was also a prolific songwriter, having written "Spoonful" for Howlin’ Wolf, "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "I Just Want To Make Love To You" for Muddy Waters, "Wang Dang Doodle" for Koko Taylor, just to name a few of the over 500 songs he either wrote or co-wrote. As standup bass gave way to the bass guitar, Willie retired from playing, but not from performing or songwriting, and he recorded over twenty albums and appeared on countless others.

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