Willie Dixon Centennial on WKCR-FM

On Saturday, June 27th, turn your radio on and listen! Six hours of Willie Dixon radio in celebration of his Centennial (July 1st).

For those unfamiliar, Willie Dixon was one of the primary architects of the post-war Chicago Blues sound. As a songwriter, producer, and sideman Dixon was the force behind many Chess and Cobra classics, including those of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, and Koko Taylor. He also released a number of distinguished singles and records as a leader, including the 1970's I Am The Blues, giving us a glimpse of his own vision for his famous compositions.

We’ll delve into all these dimensions, listening to a wide selection of famous, obscure, and rare tracks across his prolific career. These will be set alongside some interview excerpts to get a sense of the man, the music, and the mission to preach the blues around the world.

So be sure to tune into WKCR-FM, 89.9 FM if you’re in the NYC metropolitan area or online via www.wkcr.org from noon to 6 p.m. this coming Saturday, June 27th.

And if you’re in Chicago, be sure to check out The Blues Heaven Foundation’s website for a full schedule of local events. Willie Dixon founded the organization in the 1960s “to allow the echoes of great American Blues to continue to develop, to encourage a new generation of blues greats and to provide for the on-going welfare of senior Blues musicians.” His family continues the Foundation’s mission today.

Parker Fishel