by Ray and Nancy Neilsen and Family
in Memory of Craig Neilsen
"The Blue are the Roots ... the Rest are the Fruits"
and hear Willie Dixon play
musician and prolific song writer Willie Dixon was born in Vicksburg
in 1915. In 1936, he moved to Chicago, taking with him an
appreciation of African field songs, gospel, blues, and country music.
the next 50 years, Dixon created a playlist of more than 500 songs and
he helped to define what we know as the blues and rock and roll.
Some of Dixon's best known works include "Hoochie Coochie
Man," "I'm Ready," "Back Door Man," and
"Built for Comfort."
songs were performed by the most famous artists of the 20th century
including Muddy Waters, Sam Cooke, Little Walter, Etta James, the
Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, and Eric Clapton.
is shown playing in the Blue Room, a regionally famous Vicksburg
lounge, which showcased the talent of many of the most important
musicians of the era including B.B. King and Ray Charles.
owner of the lounge, Tom Wince, seen behind the counter, entertained
audiences with musicians such as Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong, Dinah
Washington, and the Red Tops, shown on the dance floor, a popular
Vicksburg band that enjoyed a statewide following. The Blue Room
opened in the 1940s and closed in 1972.
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