Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Another small piece of Florida's musical history...

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Memphis Musician Jim Dickinson Dead at 67
August 19, 6:02 PM
Little Rock Entertainment Examiner
Mitch McCracken

"Memphis musician, songwriter, producer and engineer Jim Dickinson, who was one of the architects of the Memphis sound (a combination of rock, pop, blues, country, and rhythm and blues) in a career that spanned more than four decades, died Saturday in his sleep at a Memphis hospital. He was 67 years old. In June he had triple bypass surgery and had been suffering from intestinal bleeding problems.

Just a week ago on August 8th a group of Memphis’ finest musicians took to the roof of Hotel Peabody in an attempt to raise money for Dickinson’s mounting medical bills. Included in that show were of course the North Mississippi Allstars, Jim’s sons Cody and Luther Dickinson make up two thirds of the group. Joining them were John Hiatt, Jimmy Davis, Sid Selvidge, Amy Lavere and Shannon McNally.

....It was in December of 1969 that he headed to Muscle Shoals, Alabama and played piano on “Wild Horses” for the Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album. By 1970, the Dixie Flyers moved to Miami, Florida, contracted to Atlantic Records as the house band backing such artists as Aretha Franklin, Sam & Dave and Jerry Jeff Walker."

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