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Willie Dixon: I Am The Blues

Chess Records songwriter Willie Dixon was the man behind some of the most beloved and influential songs in blues history, inspiring a whole generation of musicians.

As we reach the 100th anniversary of his birth, it’s time to pay tribute to a true musical genius.

The Rolling Stones on Ready Steady Go!, November 20, 1964. As perfect a snapshot of swinging London as you could hope to find. Briefly interviewing members of the band, the TV show’s presenter Keith Fordyce (then in his mid-30s) looks and sounds like a supply teacher trying to take the register in a tough comprehensive.

While Stones guitarist and self-appointed leader Brian Jones remains polite throughout his awkward stab at friendly chit chat with Fordyce, frontman Mick Jagger is all Artful Dodger, grinning guiltily like he’s chalked a cock on the presenter’s back and can’t wait until the game is up. As a slice of British culture it has the lot: the establishment, the kids, the obvious generation gap.

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