R.I.P. Papa Willie Mitchell

January 11, 2010 at 10:11 Leave a comment

Record producer Willie Mitchell was known for his work with Al Green, Syl Johnson and other soul and R&B greats. The sounds he created at Royal Studios in Memphis were truly amazing. He’s died aged 81 in Tennessee. His funeral service will include performances by some of the artists he worked with: Solomon Burke, Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, Shirley Brown and J. Blackfoot, among others. His track Groovin was sampled on GZA’s Liquid Swords .

The statement on his website reads: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Willie Mitchell…His impact on Memphis and music is immeasurable. There will probably never be another one like him.”

Indeed. Thanks for the great music.

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