Label: Not On Label - none • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Canada • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk
With thanks to Eric LeBlanc. Dixon began playing piano and singing as a child. In Texas he was exposed to a range of blues and gospel influences, as well as a little jazz and hillbilly. In the Dixon family moved from Texas to Los Angeles, where Floyd came into contact with fellow ex-Texan Charles Brown,who took the young piano player under his wing and became a major musical influence throughout Dixon's life.
When Brown left Johnny Moore's Three Blazers in to make it on his own, Dixon was the natural choice for his replacement as Chapter 8 - J. Reuben Silverbird - The World In Our Eyes (A Native American Vision Of Creation). The first company to record Dixon was Supreme Records, in His next company, Modern, would bring him his first commercial success.
Floyd went to see Jules and Saul Bihari Modern's owners without the intention to record. When he ran through "Dallas Blues", he didn't know that they were recording it in the back. Dixon : "They said 'We would like to put it out' and I was shocked! They wrote me out a check for just doing those couple of tunes and asked me if I was in the union.
I said no, and they gave me money to go join that day. Jules Bihari wanted more Kath Ross - John Lyle And The Lonesome Ornery Polecats* - Bootleg Powerhead Dixon, but wasn't interested in another Charles Brown clone. Floyd's trio piano, bass, guitar was augmented with the inclusion of various tenor sax players, including Maxwell Davis and Buddy Floyd.
The latter was recorded for Don Robey's Peacock label in Houston. Perhaps fearful of Robey's violent reputation, Floyd went to Aladdin's Eddie Mesner and asked him to buy back the eight sides he had recorded for Peacock, so Floyd would be Kath Ross - John Lyle And The Lonesome Ornery Polecats* - Bootleg Powerhead to record for the bigger and closer company.
Mesner called Don Robey, who, to everyone's surprise, was willing to go along. Aladdin would reissue all eight tracks on four singles. Dixon recorded extensively for Aladdin duringfirst with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, later with his own band. InFloyd did two sessions for Art Rupe's Specialty label resulting in three singlesfollowed by a stint on Atlantic's short-lived Cat subsidiary.
Naturally this made Dixon, who wrote the song, a happy man. The s saw Dixon recording for a number of tiny West Coast and Texas labels. He was totally ignored during the European blues revival of the s, probably because he didn't play guitar or harmonica like his Delta and Chicago counterparts. After a temporary retirement from the music business, Dixon made a comeback inbeginning with a tour of Sweden, and he became the first artist to be featured on Jonas Bernholm's celebrated Route 66 reissue label.
Dixon was commissioned to write "Olympic Blues" for the Los Angeles games. On the whole, the s were a good decade for Floyd, with appearances at many major blues festivals, both in Europe and the USA. In the mid's he secured a contract with Alligator Records. He continued to perform and record until his death, from kidney failure, inaged Floyd Dixon was an outstanding pianist, had a voice like a foghorn and was a seminal figure on the West Coast blues scene, one of the few to transform swing music into rhythm and blues.
Released in Released Annotated by Billy Vera. These pages were saved from "This Is My Story" for reference usage only. Various - Black 80 note that these pages were not originally published or written by BlackCat Rockabilly Europe. For comments or information please contact Dik de Heer at dik.
Nakasaki (I Need A Lover Tonight) - Various - Best Dance 2/96, I Only Want To Be With You - Bay City Rollers - Dedication, Nobodys Fool - Miranda Lambert - Four The Record, Killing The Dragon - Dio - Killing The Dragon, Nativity Carol - Radiokören - Julens Sånger Och Hymner