Sunday, January 17, 2010, 5:23 PM // 0 comments

The Willie Mitchell Sound

I was saddened to hear that Willie Mitchell passed away on January 5 at the age of 81.  Mitchell helped shaped the elegant yet gritty sound of Al Green, Ann Peebles and other stars of soul music as the house producer at Hi Records in the 1960s and ’70s.  He was to Al Green what George Martin was to the Beatles.  You may not know his name but you his sound— prominent horns, delicately strummed guitars, some sweet organ and a steady, straightforward beat.  That sound, the Willie Mitchell sound, defined the soul music that I love.  Thank you Willie and God bless.

Tired Of Being Alone by Al Green  
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01 Tired Of Being Alone.mp3 (2584 KB)

I Can't Stand The Rain by Ann Peebles  
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01 I Can't Stand the Rain.mp3 (3057 KB)

Strong As Death (Sweet As Love by Al Green  
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al green - strong as death.mp3 (3342 KB)

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