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Posted: Jan 5, 2010 10:12 am | Edited by: Scott
Posted: Jan 5, 2010 10:17 am
Posted: Jan 5, 2010 10:39 am
bummer. RIP
Posted: Jan 5, 2010 11:40 am
damn. no more magic microphone.
Posted: Jan 5, 2010 12:12 pm | Edited by: Buck Wilders
What a loss. Truly terrible news. A last minute hour long tribute today on the Memphis Beat today at 1PM and a well thought out 2 hour tribute tomorrow night on In The Basement at 10PM. WEVL 89.9FM or WEVL.ORG
R.I.P. Poppa Willie.
Posted: Jan 5, 2010 12:12 pm
Mega no good!!!
RIP, Papa.
Posted: Jan 5, 2010 12:15 pm
RIP Willie. Royal Studios is the coolest.
Posted: Jan 5, 2010 1:53 pm
Man, that sucks. In the late 90's or early 00's I hung out at his studio while he was recording some bubble-gum country band; Heartland, I believe, was the name. He was trying to get them to harmonize more on their cover of whatever cover song that is "give me the beat, boys, to something something". Every time he got up to leave, he said "I'll be black in a moment."
Posted: Jan 5, 2010 5:21 pm
Posted: Jan 5, 2010 5:34 pm

flip it over! best ever version of take five.
Posted: Jan 5, 2010 6:23 pm
Jack, I so love that story. I quoted it on FB...

I was really excited a few years back when he got together with Al Green again and put out that record, "I Can't Stop"...and I liked the record. A friend of mine played on it, and I'd never seen him so damned giddy to be playing on anything. (He'd played with Jerry Lee, Rufus...the whole nine yards of Memphis music.)
Posted: Jan 5, 2010 6:28 pm
Another great one bites it.
Posted: Jan 5, 2010 6:59 pm
just posted this on the Memphis thread...

here's a link to something I wrote earlier today:
http://www.memphisflyer.com/SingAllKinds/archives/2010/01/05/rip-poppa -willie-mitchell

RIP Poppa Willie, you will be missed...
Posted: Jan 5, 2010 9:05 pm
Oh Andria, so nice. Thanks.
Posted: Jan 6, 2010 10:29 am
It also made it in to the top of the Entertainment section of msn.com this morning:

R.I.P. Poppa Willie. Enjoyed the Grey Goose.....
Posted: Jan 6, 2010 11:33 am
Posted: Jan 6, 2010 12:35 pm
someone you can say, without hyperbole, that was true musical genius...I dont think anyone will ever have ears as good as that again. I still remember him droppin Lawrence and Archie off at school in the Rolls...RIP
Posted: Jan 6, 2010 1:26 pm
Well, the good news is he got to do one for Solomon Burke. Looking forward to hearing it.

Anybody hear Willie's effort for Rod Stewart? It seems like a desultory effort on Rod's part at least. But what's new?
Posted: Jan 6, 2010 1:35 pm
A full 2 hour tribute to POPPA WILLIE MITCHELL tonight at 10PM.
Doing this one right with the help of Al, Ann, Don, Otis, O.V., Syl, and more. If I don't own any physical evidence that he produced it, I ain't playing it. Tons of killer sides of Willie's own tunes as well.
If in Memphis, tune to 89.9FM...
If your out of town, you can listen online at... http://www.wevl.org/
Posted: Jan 6, 2010 2:28 pm
The last 16 minutes of Fresh air today celebrate him. Should air in Mississippi on MPB at 3:43 pm, 90.3 and 89.5 in Memphis.
Posted: Jan 7, 2010 10:21 am
this is probably a seriously dumb question, but will the Willie Mitchell in the basment tribute be archived anywhere. I didn;t see anything on the WEVL site...
Posted: Jan 7, 2010 10:24 am
seems like i have asked this about something else and the answer was that nothing is archived by the station (on the site)
Posted: Jan 7, 2010 11:11 am
it seems like i remember that as well. oh well.
Posted: Jan 7, 2010 2:09 pm
this is probably a seriously dumb question, but will the Willie Mitchell in the basment tribute be archived anywhere. I didn;t see anything on the WEVL site...

no it wont be archived, possibly recorded for rebroadcast...part 2 of the tribute will be on next Wed's "In The Basement"....focusing mainly on his productions.
Posted: Jan 7, 2010 5:40 pm

flip it over! best ever version of take five.

I got that 45, an you are so right.
Posted: Jan 8, 2010 11:02 am
Posted: Jan 8, 2010 2:02 pm
I still think his take on My Babe is one of THE BEST, EVER......DJ it out ALL the time.......
Posted: Jan 12, 2010 1:10 pm
Just now coming back home from lunch, I think I just saw the funeral procession for the family.
Traffic both ways stopped absolutely until the hearse drove by.
Posted: Jan 13, 2010 12:01 pm
nice tribute by Harry D. last night on KUSF -- lots of b-sides.

available on his blog...or on kusf.com, I think. "In the Soul Kitchen"
Posted: Feb 3, 2010 8:31 am
I was just listening to some Willie Mitchell last night...didn't know he died.
Anybody know who his studio players were back in the 60's? Sounds like Hendrix to my ears...I once heard that Hendrix played on 80% of soul records that came out in the early 60's. He definently lifted the intro to Hey Joe from Willi Mitchell's "Groovin" or hell visa versa, I don't know.
Posted: Feb 3, 2010 9:25 am
jimi be fuckin' shit up but good on this monster:

Posted: Feb 3, 2010 9:29 am
Jimi recorded some with the isleys; he backed many on the chilin circuit but not on vinyl

He prolly played on .0001 of soul sessions in the 60's

Willie used the hodge brothers and archie turner

And my fave drummer, al jackson

At royal the great reggie young often sat in

i don't hear wm's goovin in hey joe; either way, it's a rascals' song:

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