1915: Willie Dixon was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on July 1
1932: Moved to Chicago at the age of 17
1937: He won the Illinois Golden Gloves Heavyweight Boxing Competition
1940: The Five Breezes was formed and recorded eight tracks for the Bluebird label
1941: He was arrested for ignoring his military call up papers
1942: He was classified as unfit for military service and forms the Four Jumps of Jive
1943: He formed the Big Three Trio with Baby Doo Caston
1952: Willie goes to work for Chess Records
1954: Muddy Waters recorded Willie’s "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "I Just Want to Make Love to You"
1955: Little Walter released Willie’s "My Babe"
1956: He left Chess for the Cobra and Artistic labels
1959: He recorded "Willie’s Blues" for the Bluesville label
1960: Willie returns to Chess Records; Howlin’ Wolf released Willie’s "Wang Dang Doodle",
"Back Door Man", and "Spoonful"
1964: The Rolling Stones reach number one with Willie's "Little Red Rooster".
1980: Dixon was inducted into the Blues Foundation’s Hall of Fame
1982: He sets up the Blues Heaven Foundation for young musicians.
1985: Sues Led Zeppelin and Atlantic Records for plagiarism on "Whole Lotta Love" (originally "You Need Love",
recorded by Muddy Waters in 1962)
1988: Signed a recording contract with Bug/Capitol and released the Grammy Award winning album Hidden Charms
1989: Released Willie Dixon’s Chess Box Set; Dixon published his autobiography I Am the Blues: The Willie Dixon Story with Don Snowden and wrote music for film called Ginger Ale Afternoon
1992: Willie Dixon died on January 29
1994: Willie Dixon posthumously inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame
2013: Received The Willie Dixon Tribute Award, presented by Darryl Jones of The Rolling Stones
by Bass Player Magazine
2015: Set for induction into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame on June 18th, 2015