He was best known for his Hi Records label of the s, which released albums by a large stable of popular Memphis soul artists, including Mitchell himself, Willie Mitchell - The Champion GreenO. Born and raised in Ashland, MississippiMitchell moved to Memphis when he was in high school. Prakata - Various - El Pastor Presenta: Apocalipsis attended Rust College.
While in high school, he was a featured player in popular local big bands. He later formed his own combo, which from time to time included musicians such as trumpeter Booker Littlesaxophonists Charles Lloydand George Colemanand pianist Phineas Newborn, Jr. Mitchell landed a job with the Home of the Blues record label as a producer, then left to join Hi Records as both a recording artist and a producer.
Known at the recording studio as "Papa Willie", Mitchell earned his nickname by taking over the reins of Hi Records We Got Ticket To Moon - Ost & Kjex - Cajun Lunch and guiding it through its most successful period. Mitchell's productions have been much noted for featuring a hard-hitting bass drum sound usually played by pioneering Memphis drummer Al Jackson, Jr.
A trumpeter and bandleader in his own right, Mitchell released a number of popular singles for Hi Records as an artist in the s, including " Soul Serenade. Through the s Mitchell ran his own independent record labelWaylo Records. Acts on the label included Billy Always and Lynn White. In Joyce Cobb recorded several singles for Waylo, one of which made it to No. He and Al Green revived their successful Willie Mitchell - The Champion partnership in when Green recorded I Can't Stophis first collaboration with Mitchell since 's He is the Light.
Their follow-up project was Everything's OK. Mitchell died in Memphis on January 5,from a cardiac arrest. His final work was producing the final Solomon Burke studio album, Nothing's Impossiblereleased in June From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable Willie Mitchell - The Champion. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Blues - A Regional Experience.
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