Willie Mitchell: 1928-2010


Willie Mitchell, legendary Memphis producer, died yesterday due to complications of a recent cardiac arrest, CNN reports. Mitchell, a bandleader in the ‘50s, released several hit singles throughout the ‘60s and took over Hi Records in 1970, eventually signing Al Green and producing many of his most popular records.

“Willie helped me find my identity,” Green once said of Mitchell. Read Paste’s 2005 Production Notes piece on Mitchell, which details the ups and downs of his and Green’s longtime relationship, here.

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