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The Grateful Dead and related groups play Willie Dixon

The Grateful Dead played ten songs that were written or co-written by Willie Dixon. A number of related groups, that include members of the Grateful Dead, have also performed some of the same Willie Dixon songs and a few that were not played by the Grateful Dead.

This page documents the Willie Dixon songs played by the Grateful Dead and related bands.

Down In The Bottom

Down In The Bottom was played a few times by the Grateful Dead in 1984 and 1985. It was also played by Jerry Garcia with Pete Sears, Nick Gravenites and Animal Mind in 1990.

The song was originally released on a Howlin' Wolf single in 1961.

More information about the song.


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Eternity

Eternity, which was co-written by Willie Dixon and Bob Weir, was performed by the Grateful Dead in the 1990's.

Live versions of the song have been released on the So Many Roads box set and the Weir/Wasserman live album.

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Hidden Charms

Hidden Charms was performed and recorded by Bob Weir with Kingfish.

The song was originally released on a Charles Clark with the Willie Dixon Band single in 1958.

More information about the song including Kingfish recordings.


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Hoochie Coochie Man

Hoochie Coochie Man was played by the Grateful Dead at a soundcheck in 1995 but was not performed during a show. The song was performed by Pigpen with Peter Albin in 1964.

The song was originally released on a Muddy Waters single in 1954.

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Howlin' For My Baby

Howlin' For My Baby was performed by Ratdog.

The song was originally released on the Howlin' Wolf Rockin' Chair album in 1964.

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I Ain't Superstitious

I Ain't Superstitious was played by the Grateful Dead in 1984 and 1985.

The song was originally released on a Howlin' Wolf single in 1962.

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I Just Want to Make Love To You

I Just Want to Make Love To You was performed by the Grateful Dead in 1966 and in 1984.

The song was originally released on a Muddy Waters single in 1954.

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Little Red Rooster

Little Red Rooster was performed over 250 times by the Grateful Dead between 1980 and in 1995. The song was also performed by The Dead, Furthur and Ratdog.

The Willie Dixon song is based on earlier Red Rooster songs. The Willie Dixon song was probably originally released on a Howlin' Wolf single in 1961.

More information about the song including Grateful Dead, The Dead, Furthur and Ratdog recordings.


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My Babe

My Babe was performed once by the Grateful Dead in 1970 and once by Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart with Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Elvin Bishop, Steve Miller, and Will Scarlett in 1968.

My Babe was originally released on a Little Walter single in 1955.

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The Same Thing

The Same Thing was performed by the Grateful Dead in 1966, 1967, 1971 and in the 1990's.

Same Thing was probably originally released on a Muddy Waters album in 1965.

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Spoonful

Spoonful was performed about 50 times by the Grateful Dead between 1981 and 1994.

Spoonful was originally released on a Howlin' Wolf single in 1960. The Willie Dixon song derives from a family of earlier Spoonful songs.

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Wang Dang Doodle

Wang Dang Doodle was performed about 100 times by the Grateful Dead between 1983 and 1995. It was also performed by The Dead, Furthur and Ratdog

Wang Dang Doodle was originally released on a Howlin' Wolf single in 1961. The song was a hit on the R&B charts for Koko Taylor in 1965.

More information about the song including Grateful Dead, The Dead, Furthur and Ratdog recordings.


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You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover

You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover was performed by Jerry Garcia with Howard Wales in 1972.

You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover was originally released on a Bo Diddley single in 1962.

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Last updated August 2013