"The Blues are the Roots, the Rest are the Fruits"-Willie Dixon

"The Blues are the Roots, the Rest are the Fruits"-Willie Dixon (HM1YRR)

Location: Vicksburg, MS 39183 Warren County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 21.095', W 90° 53.019'

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Famed 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.

Over 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."

His 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.

Dixon 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.

The 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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Ray, Nancy Neilsen and Family in Memory of Craig Neilsen
Year Placed2007
Placed ByThe City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee
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Date Added Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 699153 N 3581375
Decimal Degrees32.35158333, -90.88365000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 21.095', W 90° 53.019'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 21' 5.7" N, 90° 53' 1.14" W
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Area Code(s)601
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1200-1298 Levee St, Vicksburg MS 39183, US
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