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R.I.P. Willie Mitchell


Legendary Hi Records producer and musician passed away this morning after suffering a cardiac arrest a few weeks prior. It’s hard to imagine RZA’s career without this guy.


24 Responses to “R.I.P. Willie Mitchell”

  1. DR. NO Says:

    RIP. What a sound..

  2. heron petunia Says:


    oh why oh why oh why, its always the good ones that hafta die.

    pimp c said it best. ‘if these rnb niggas dont start making real music, the rap niggas wont have nothing to sample’

  3. david Says:

    people that say hecka are under 18 and from the bay cuz theyre mom wont let them say “hella” haha

  4. heron petunia Says:

    patna my mom says hecka

  5. cocotaso Says:

    that really is too bad, the world has lost one of the greats

  6. Krisch Says:


  7. Kidbristol Says:

    Al Green is great, Ann Peebles was great, O.V. Wright was great, but I honestly believe that Willie Mitchell (and Duck Dunn and Tennie Hodges) were as responsible for those records becoming hits as the singers were. To take nothing away from the live bands that toured with Green and Peebles, the live versions of those songs have NOTHING on the studio versions. That big fat snare and the prominence of the church organ – I never really thought about it, but Pimp C probably had a few Hi records in his collection next to all the Meters stuff.

  8. Unicorn Mawb Says:


  9. noz Says:

    I might even go so far to say that Mitchell was the first super producer.

  10. nico Says:

    and another bowl-o-bud right hereuh for the man!


  11. Air Jordan Says:

    When you shouted
    Out your pain out in the rain

  12. MF Says:

    Dude had an unmistakeable sound which was instantly recognisable, and i guess that’s probably the highest compliment you can pay a producer.

    I can’t imagine any of those Al Green records produced by anyone else. Shit, is there another producer who could’ve captured a song like Simply Beautiful the way Willie did?


  13. BenH Says:

    “I might even go so far to say that Mitchell was the first super producer.”

    What about Phil Spector?

  14. Patrick Says:

    The Lasting Tribute website in the UK has updated its memorial pages to include Willie Mitchell.


    It’s a respectful memorial to the man and his work and somewhere to pay tribute to the family’s fortitude at this difficult time.

    And they monitor EVERY comment so that nothing offensive or inappropriate is published.

  15. noz Says:

    “What about Phil Spector?”

    Yeah true. First Black Superproducer then? Or First Superproducer That Wasn’t Also a Murder?

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  17. Cali Ripkin Says:

    Lol @”1st supa producer who isn’t a murderer…” Lol Tru dat… RIP OG

  18. Hele Fitta Says:

    Just a few weeks ago I was thinking about how that Ann Peebles OG version of “Rain” sounds a lot less dated, a lot more “future” than Tina Turners 80s version (which is actually kinda underrated nevertheless) or Missy and Timbos take on it. R.I.P.

  19. Giraffo Says:

    R.I.P. to my favorite super producer of the sixties and seventies.

  20. airmax Says:

    for my money, “you ought to be with me” is the best song ever

  21. Santana Says:

    (unrelated) That new G-Dep is Fire!

  22. kennboy1 Says:

    R.I.P, he was great producer.

  23. Kicket Says:


    at 187 Prod we just paid our own little tribute to Poppa Mitchell and Teddy P:


  24. slizzard Says:

    2 records that would have very literally been impossible without him, http://twankleandglisten.blogspot.com/2008/07/m-team-for-deposit-only-1991-waylo.html, http://twankleandglisten.blogspot.com/2008/04/complete-big-bang.html

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