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Willie Mitchell: Solid Soul - On Top (CD)

(Hi Records) 24 tracks

Article properties: Willie Mitchell: Solid Soul - On Top (CD)

  • Interpret: Willie Mitchell

  • Album titlle: Solid Soul - On Top (CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2001
  • Label HI RECORDS

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5014757271205

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Mitchell, Willie - Solid Soul - On Top (CD) CD 1
01 Prayer Meetin' Willie Mitchell
02 Grazing In The Grass Willie Mitchell
03 Windy Willie Mitchell
04 Sunrise Serenade Willie Mitchell
05 The Horse Willie Mitchell
06 Groovin' Willie Mitchell
07 San-Ho-Zay Willie Mitchell
08 Up Hard Willie Mitchell
09 Monkey Jump Willie Mitchell
10 Strawberry Soul Willie Mitchell
11 Hideaway Willie Mitchell
12 Willie Wam Willie Mitchell
13 Take Five Willie Mitchell
14 Poppin' Willie Mitchell
15 Canadian Sunset Willie Mitchell
16 Ain't Too Proud To Beg Willie Mitchell
17 Louie, Louie Willie Mitchell
18 Big Power House Willie Mitchell
19 30-60-909 Willie Mitchell
20 Who's Making Love Willie Mitchell
21 I Say A Little Prayer Willie Mitchell
22 Come See About Me Willie Mitchell
23 I Wish It Would Rain Willie Mitchell
24 Sunshine Of Your Love Willie Mitchell
Willie Mitchell 20-75 Willie Mitchell 20-75 Booker T. & The MG's weren't the... more
"Willie Mitchell"


Willie Mitchell

20-75

Willie Mitchell

20-75

Booker T. & The MG's weren't the only skin-tight groovemakers in Memphis. Trumpeter Willie Mitchell's outfit was settled in at Joe Cuoghi's nearby Hi Records, and they were just as adept at turning out hit instrumentals as the MG's at Stax.

Mitchell had been one of the Bluff City's leading bandleaders for a decade. Born March 1, 1928 in Ashland, Mississippi, his family moved to Memphis when he was two. At eight, he began blowing his horn, and in his late teens, Willie assembled a 10-piece band. "We used to go out all over the country and get stranded!" laughs Mitchell. After two years in the Army, Willie came home and played in the bands of Tuff Green and Al Jackson, Sr. before doing his own thing. "I formed my band in 1954, started playing clubs around Memphis," he says. "I was like the number one band within a radius of 5-600 miles." Willie's influential combo held sway at such local hotspots as the Plantation Inn, the Manhattan Club, and Danny's Club.

Mitchell debuted under his own name on wax in '57 on the tiny House of Sound imprint, and he cut the sinuous instrumental The Crawl for his manager Eddie Bond's Stomper Time logo. "We done 'The Crawl' in 1959, and it became a baby hit around here," he says. "So when I came to Hi, they wanted the record." In between, Willie joined Reuben Cherry's Home of the Blues logo as artist and producer. He arrived at Hi in 1961, a label knee-deep in instrumentals by The Bill Black Combo and Ace Cannon. Mitchell's early Hi band was an integrated bunch: MG's drummer Al Jackson, Jr. and pianist Joe Hall hailed from his combo and Willie's brother James was often on sax; guitarist Reggie Young and keyboardist Bobby Emmons were young white players.

Mitchell hit paydirt with 20-75, a #31 pop seller. "We couldn't find a title for it, so Joe Cuoghi said, 'The next record, I'm gonna use 2075. We'll name it '20-75.'' It was the record number," says Mitchell. "I liked the song, because the rhythm had changed so much. The rhythm we came up with, it went international. That helped a whole lot of people, because me and Al came up with the rhythm. We heard some bands down in Miami when we were working down there. We heard some bands, so we came between the lines."  Former Sun rockabilly Ray Harris was Hi's recording engineer.Mitchell became Hi's top producer as the decade unfolded, his '70s run with Al Green nothing short of astonishing. You'll still find Willie at Royal Recording Studios on South Lauderdale, the same facility where he helmed so many Memphis soul classics by Green, Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, and Syl Johnson. 

- Bill Dahl -

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Tracklist
Mitchell, Willie - Solid Soul - On Top (CD) CD 1
01 Prayer Meetin'
02 Grazing In The Grass
03 Windy
04 Sunrise Serenade
05 The Horse
06 Groovin'
07 San-Ho-Zay
08 Up Hard
09 Monkey Jump
10 Strawberry Soul
11 Hideaway
12 Willie Wam
13 Take Five
14 Poppin'
15 Canadian Sunset
16 Ain't Too Proud To Beg
17 Louie, Louie
18 Big Power House
19 30-60-909
20 Who's Making Love
21 I Say A Little Prayer
22 Come See About Me
23 I Wish It Would Rain
24 Sunshine Of Your Love