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Vicksburg in Warren County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

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

 
 
"The Blues are the Roots, the Rest are the Fruits"-Willie Dixon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
1. "The Blues are the Roots, the Rest are the Fruits"-Willie Dixon Marker
Inscription. 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.

Sponsored by
Ray, Nancy Neilsen and Family in Memory of Craig Neilsen
 
Erected 2007 by the City of Vicksburg Riverfront Mural Committee.
 
Location. 32° 21.095′ N, 90° 53.019′ W. Marker is in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from Levee Street south of Grove Street. Touch for map. The Vicksburg Riverfront
"The Blues are the Roots, the Rest are the Fruits"-Willie Dixon Mural image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
2. "The Blues are the Roots, the Rest are the Fruits"-Willie Dixon Mural
Murals are located on the Yazoo Diversion Canal levee wall. Marker is at or near this postal address: Levee Street, Vicksburg MS 39183, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. President McKinley Visits the "Land of Cotton" (here, next to this marker); The Nation's Most Destructive Flood (a few steps from this marker); Carr School (a few steps from this marker); The Steamer Sprague (within shouting distance of this marker); Brothers of the Sacred Heart (within shouting distance of this marker); "Logging on the River" (within shouting distance of this marker); Vicksburg Waterfront Circa 1907 (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Founding of Vicksburg and Methodism" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vicksburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Blue Room and the Red Tops.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Vicksburg Riverfront Mural website. (Submitted on June 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on Willie Dixon. (Submitted on June 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 25, 2017
3. Vicksburg, Mississippi waterfront levee wall murals.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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