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.