|Birth: ||Sep. 23, 1935|
|Death: ||Oct. 26, 2010|
Rock and roll musician was one of the pioneering forces in the birth of the "Muscle Shoals sound died at his home after a lengthy illness age 75.
Dixon was born in Decatur on Sept.23,1935. He graduated from sheffield High School in 1953 and worked at Reynolds aluminum for seven years. he was employed by the Alabama Army National Guard for 40 years, working as a military technical specialist and retiring as Command Sergeant Major of the 115th Signal Bqattalion Headquarters Company in Florence.
Dixon was best known to the general public- and revered by three generations of musicians- as leader of one of the region's most enduring and popular bands, Hollis Dixon and the Keynotes. From 1956-82, the Keynotes offered traininhg opportunities and performance experience for aspiring young players who went on to become major maovers and shakers in the Muscle Shoals recording industry.
" Hollis always had a great band--everybody wanted to play with Hollis, "songwriter and musician Donnie Fritts recalled. "Whenever anybody left his band, you always had a lot of great mucicians waiting in line to take their place."
Through the years Dixon's uncanny knack for spotting talent opened musical doors for Fritts, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins, spooner Oldham, dann Penn, david Hood, Travis Wammack, Pete Carr, lennie LeBlanc, Eddie Hinton, Gary Baker, Mickey Buckings, Junior Lowe, Steve Nathan, Owen Hale, Mike shepherd, Randy McCormick and many others. In 1962, the keynotes recorded a single called "Paper Boy."
"I enjoyed recording, but I made the decision that I didn't want to be an artist, "Dixon recalled. "I loved playing dances and college fraternity parties, but I had a wife and a family. A lot of the younger guys considered me a kind of square for having a day job, but that never bothered me. I was content to play music for fun, and it's a great feeling knowing that so manay of the players who started with me went on to do so many wonderful things in music.'
Dixon is survived by his wife of 54 years, Delores Raye Bloss Dixon,Tuscumbia; daughters, Karen D. Blomeyer, Huntsville, and Lisa D. Johnston (Neal) Tuscumbia ; son, Scott Edward Dixon; grandson, Hollis Keith Blomeyer, Madison' granddaughter, Lauren Victoria Dixon, Huntsville', Step-grandsons, Sean Gaylor and Preston Gaylor, Huntsville' brothers, Lyndon Stanley (Mary Lou) Gary Stanley (Sandra) and Roger Stanley (Lynn); and his beloved mother-in-law, Virginia Lee Bloss.
dixon was a member of Parkview Baptist Church in tuscumbia. He was prededed in death by his parents, Margaret Lucille Elkins and Robert L. Stanley, and a grandson, Chad Darby Horn.
The service was Thursday, at Colbert Memorial Chapel,Tuscumbia, the service was at 10 a.m. with Rev. Bob Pitman and Rev. Jim Cummings officiating and singer Lenny LeBlanc performing "Above All." Burial followed at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens, Florence.
from Times-Daily, Oct. 27, 2010
Delores Raye Bloss Dixon*
Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens
Created by: Gerald Staggs
Record added: Oct 27, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60692048
I was fortunate to hear Hollis play and later met him when filled my brother's job at the National Guard, 115th Signal Battalion following his death.|
Added: Oct. 27, 2010