Keyboarder und wicked Hammond-Spieler Willie Mitchell ist gestorben, wie Larry von Funky 16 Corners meldet.
Mitchell is best known – at least to those outside of hardcore soulies – as the man who made Hi Records a major force in soul music, especially via his productions for Al Green, Syl Johnson, Ann Peebles, O.V. Wright and many others.
Mitchell, who was born in Ashland, Mississippi – got his start as a trumpet playing bandleaders in Memphis before joing Joe Coughi’s Hi label in 1959 as an artist, producer, and arranger. Following Coughi’s death in 1970, Mitchell ended up bringing the label its greatest success.
Hier ist das ultrageile Funk-Stück, das ich immer von Willie Mitchell spiele: My Babe, natürlich auf Hi-Records: