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Blues Marker honoring producer/musician Mitchell erected

ASHLAND — Willie Mitchell, a record producer and musician who worked with Al Green and other stars, has received a marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

The ceremony was held yesterday at the Ashland Town Square. Mitchell was born in Ashland in north Mississippi in 1928. He died in Memphis in 2010 at the age of 81.

In the 1970s, Mitchell owned Hi Records of Memphis, the label that produced some of Green’s biggest hits. He also was responsible for several instrumental hits of the 1960s.

He received a Trustees Award from the Grammy Foundation in 2008.

A trumpeter, Mitchell and his band provided the musical entertainment at several New Year’s Eve parties for Elvis Presley at Presley’s Graceland home. A Memphis boulevard was named in his honor in 2004.

 

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