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Willie Mitchell: Solid Soul - On Top (CD)

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  • Interpret: Willie Mitchell

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

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label HI RECORDS

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 5014757271205

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Mitchell, Willie - Solid Soul - On Top (CD) CD 1
01Prayer Meetin'Willie Mitchell
02Grazing In The GrassWillie Mitchell
03WindyWillie Mitchell
04Sunrise SerenadeWillie Mitchell
05The HorseWillie Mitchell
06Groovin'Willie Mitchell
07San-Ho-ZayWillie Mitchell
08Up HardWillie Mitchell
09Monkey JumpWillie Mitchell
10Strawberry SoulWillie Mitchell
11HideawayWillie Mitchell
12Willie WamWillie Mitchell
13Take FiveWillie Mitchell
14Poppin'Willie Mitchell
15Canadian SunsetWillie Mitchell
16Ain't Too Proud To BegWillie Mitchell
17Louie, LouieWillie Mitchell
18Big Power HouseWillie Mitchell
1930-60-909Willie Mitchell
20Who's Making LoveWillie Mitchell
21I Say A Little PrayerWillie Mitchell
22Come See About MeWillie Mitchell
23I Wish It Would RainWillie Mitchell
24Sunshine Of Your LoveWillie Mitchell
Willie Mitchell 20-75 Willie Mitchell 20-75 Booker T. & The MG's weren't the... more
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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 -

Various - Sweet Soul Music

31 Scorching Classics From 1964

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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