|Genres:||Blues Documentaries Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||blues classic blues rhythm and blues|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
8 February 1929, Marshall, Texas, USA, d. 26 July 2006, Los Angeles, California, USA. Dixon, aka J. Riggins Jnr., began playing piano and singing as a child, absorbing every influence from gospel and blues to jazz, and even hillbilly. In 1942 his family moved to Los Angeles and he came into contact with fellow ex-Texan Charles Brown who, sensing Dixons potential, introduced him to his brand of cool, jazzy night club blues as singer and pianist with Johnny Moores Three Blazers. When the Blazers split up, Dixon was the natural choice for a substitute Charles Brown, and he made early recordings in the Brown style with both Eddie Williams (the Blazers bass player) for Supreme and with Johnny Moores new Blazers for Aladdin Records and Combo. His own trio recorded extensively for the Modern Records, Peacock and Aladdin labels between 1947 and 1952; later, they played in a harder R&B style for Specialty Records, Cat and Checker Records, and in...