The Mississippi Blues Trail marker commemorating Willie Dixon is at the intersection of South Street and Willie Dixon Way in downtown Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Willie Dixon, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Willie Dixon, Vicksburg, Mississippi

The GPS location of this marker is: N32° 20.888′ W 90° 52.998′

Willie Dixon was born in Vicksburg in 1915.

The marker reads:

“WILLIE DIXON – Willie Dixon, often called ‘the poet laureate of the blues,’ was born in Vicksburg on July 1, 1915. As a songwriter, producer, arranger and bass player Dixon shaped the sound of the Chicago blues in the 1950s and ’60s with songs such as ‘Seventh Son,’ ‘Little Red Rooster,’ ‘Hootchie Kootchie Man,’ ‘My Babe,’ and ‘Wang Dang Doodle.’ Dixon traced many of his works back to poems and songs he heard or wrote as a youth in Vicksburg.”

Here are some videos of Willie Dixon.

First, a 1984 interview

Chuck Berry Inducts Willie Dixon Into The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, 1994

 

Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Otis Spann, Big Joe Williams and others

Willie Dixon performing in 1984. In this video Willie Dixon comes onstage at about the 4:00 mark.

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