He's one of the rock-and-roll's most important figures, yet you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who's able to cite one of his songs, let alone multiple records. Those who've seen 2008's Beyoncé-starring Cadillac Records should recognize him as the guy played by Cedric the Entertainer, though that uneven film did little to convey Dixon's essential qualities within the world of the blues.
Throughout the 1950s and early '60s, Dixon penned influential records for some of the Chicago blues world's biggest acts, like Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Howlin' Wolf. During that time, the tireless and prolific songwriter also worked with Chuck Barry and Bo Diddley, writing tunes that helped give birth to rock-and-roll as we all know it today.
Until the long-in-development biopics about folks like Marvin Gaye and James Brown get made, a Willie Dixon movie seems highly unlikely. To see one of music's great unsung talents finally get his due would be poetic justice, though.