Willie Mitchell, you will be missed.
Willie Mitchell (from the Memphis Flyer)
Memphis has bade more than its share of farewells in recent years to favorite sons — especially those who achieved renown in the international language of music. We said goodbye to one of the most fluent and successful of these Tuesday — in Willie Mitchell, the legendary producer of so many class acts at Hi Records.
Al Green, Booker Little, Phineas Newborn, Al Jackson, Ann Peebles: Mitchell worked with all of these and many, many more, and he was a formidable artist in his own right, as composer, as trumpeter, and as the leader of his own combo. Historians of music will mention him in the same breath as Sam Phillips and a handful of other eminent pathfinders and musical guides. Read more.