Willie Mitchell Dead at 81

Willie Mitchell dead at 81 Tom Sutpen
Sad news from Testify overnight that Willie Mitchell had passed away. In Testify's words; "Born in Mississippi in 1928. Willie's greatest success came after he signed to Hi Records in 1962 where, along with having recording cool instrumentals such as '20-75', he produced some of the finest southern soul ever pressed on vinyl by artists such as Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson, Otis Clay and, of course, Al Green."

My thanks to Testify for alerting me to his passing and the summary.

3 comments:

Kreisler said...

One of the greatest producers and a fine musician in his own right. Click this for some of his best solo stuff:
http://funky16corners.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/willie-mitchell-rip/

Patrick said...

The Lasting Tribute website in the UK has updated its memorial pages to include Willie Mitchell.

http://www.lastingtribute.co.uk/tribute/mitchell/3221882

It's a respectful memorial to the man and his work and somewhere to pay tribute to the family's fortitude at this difficult time.

And they monitor EVERY comment so that nothing offensive or inappropriate is published.

preston122 said...

Terrific tribute in Memphis alternative weekly:
http://www.memphisflyer.com/SingAllKinds/archives/2010/01/05/rip-poppa-willie-mitchell

Memphis daily paper article:
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/jan/05/musician-music-producer-willie-mitchell-dies-age-8/

Memphis-based FB tribute page:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=242244419338&ref=nf