Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Willie Mitchell (1928-2010)

Renowned R&B producer Willie Mitchell, who recorded Al Green’s signature hits of the 1970s, died today. He was 81 years old.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal obituary is here. Mr. Mitchell was a titan of Memphis soul music.

During his long and fruitful career, Willie Mitchell was a trumpet player, bandleader, studio owner, record-label executive... and was still in demand as a horn arranger into the 21st Century, working with the likes of Buddy Guy and John Mayer.

Mitchell’s work with Al Green is familiar to all. But click here and listen to “I Can’t Stand the Rain” by Ann Peebles. Splendidly arranged and produced by Mitchell, this single reached the Top 40 in 1973.

6 comments:

DRE said...

Wow. He also reunited with Al Green for the "I Can't Stop" album that came out about 5 years or so back. He was a giant.

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.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Well done, Patrick.

bklyn6 said...

I never heard of him. Al Green's "I'm Still in Love With You" NEVER leaves my mp3 player.

junebug said...

One of the greatest to ever do it! RIP, Poppa Willie!

Anonymous said...

Great Willie, Rest In Peace!

Missing You, Forever!


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