Jim Dickinson: 1941-2009

August 18, 2009  |  11:40am
Jim Dickinson, musician and studio legend for artists Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones and Sam & Dave died Saturday in Memphis following complications of a recent bypass surgery. He was 67 years old.

Dickinson is credited as the patriarch of the Memphis Sound, the spirited blend of country, rock, R&B and gospel that he coalesced into his various productions. Later in his career he recorded albums such as The Replacements' Pleased to Meet Me, Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers and Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind.

Prior to his success as a producer, Dickinson earned his fortune as an endowed pianist, releasing his first single "Cadillac Man" with the Jesters in 1966. He later formed the Atlantic Records' house band, the Dixie Flyers, where he churned out his acclaimed solo record, Dixie Fried, in 1971. Dickinson's piano accompaniment can also be heard on The Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" and The Flamin' Groovies' "Teenage Head." His latest album, Dinosaurs Run in Circles, was released earlier this year.

Dickinson is survived by his two sons, Luther and Cody, who both lead the North Mississippi Allstars.

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