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.