Producer/musician Jim Dickinson dies at 67


Sad to hear that Jim Dickinson, who worked with everyone from Aretha Franklin and Sam and Dave to Big Star and the Replacements, died in Memphis this weekend, due to complications following bypass surgery.

Famed for preferring taste over talent, Dickinson's instincts as a producer and player were usually spot on, and his work graces more enduring records than I can count. Third/Sister Lover and Pleased to Meet Me will be getting spins today for sure. Teenage Head too, if I can find my copy. You can read an Associated Press obit here.

8 comments:

swac said...

I've been on an island without computer or English radio for the past week, I just found out Les Paul died too. Crap, who's next, Chuck Berry?

Richard Gibson said...

Jim Dickinson died? Oh that is sad. My tribute, right now will be 'Like Flies on Sherbert', my favourite Chilton solo album. I also have his 'Free Beer Tomorrow' and may give that a spin, I never could get hold of 'Dixie Fried'on record here and see there was a CD re-release, might see if I can order one.

Les Paul's passing made Radio 4 news here in England.

Mr. Lee said...

Another huge and sad loss...

Here's my post about the man:

http://achillesinthealleyway.blogspot.com/2009/08/free-beer-tomorrow.html

swac said...

Bizarrely (and yes, I know I'm the king of coincidence when it comes to this sort of thing) I went to the post office to pick up a parcel from Amazon right after posting this, and inside was a copy of Lulu's Atco Sessions, which was recorded at Muscle Shoals and has Dickinson's fingerprints all over it.

I'd love to hear that Dixie Fried album one of these days.

westofthewest said...

Dickinson on tuning: “Tuning is a decadent European habit bordering on the homosexual.” Said with no malice, just his grin. And again on tuning, but years later: “This auto tune is great. I’d run the drums through it if I could.”

read the rest at:
http://chuckprophet.com/blog/

Testify said...

Ah shit!

Michel said...

Very sad indeed.

Since everybody here seems to have such good taste in music, and because I didn't see it mentioned on this blog, I'd like to also point out the death of Willy Deville, one of my favourites of the late '70s / early '80s.

Haven't seen much in the way of obits, but there's one here: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/neilmccormick/100002298/willy-deville-death-of-an-icon/

swac said...

I always used to get Willy DeVille and Willie Nile mixed up in my head. I guess I won't have to do that anymore. Sad to see "Mink" go...