A TRIBUTE TO WILLIE MITCHELL AND HIS SOUTHERN SOUL SOUND

This piece was originally published January 11th, 2010. Hi Records IconYou have doubtlessly heard a Willie Mitchell production. Perhaps it was one of John Lennon’s fave songs of the early ’70s—the Ann Peebles’ 1973 R&B/Pop classic, “I Can’t Stand The Rain.” It might be one of Willie’s own funky soul groove singles of the ’60s such as “Soul Serenade,” “Poppin'” or “The Crawl.” Or, eventually, if you’ve ever thrown a stone anywhere near a place where music was coming out of a speaker, then it was probably one of the many, many smash hits that Willie produced (and often co-wrote) with the inimitable Southern soul giant of the ’70s, singer Al Green.
Take your pick: “Let’s Stay Together,” “Call Me,” “Tired Of Being Alone,” “You Ought To Be With Me,” “Let’s Get Married,” “Love And Happiness,” “Here I Am (Come And Take Me)” —all mighty Al Green gems easily recognized and forever playing somewhere on the planet at this very moment.

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