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One of the greats of blues music, Willie Dixon was a singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and producer, and his work influenced countless artists across the musical spectrum, in Willie Dixon: Preacher of the Blues, Mitsutoshi Inaba examines Dixon's career, from his earliest recordings with the Five Breezes through his major work with Chess Records and Cobra Records. Focusing on Dixon's work on the Chicago blues from the 1940s to the early 1970s, Willie Dixon details the development of Dixon's songwriting techniques from his early professional career to his mature, period and compares the compositions he provided for different artists. This book explores Dixon's philosophy of songwriting and its social, historical, and cultural background. This is the first study to discuss his compositions in an African American cultural context, drawing on interviews with his family and former band members. This volume also includes a detailed list of Dixon's session work, in which his compositions are chronologically organized. Book jacket.