Saturday, August 15, 2009

Memphis Music Icon, Producer Jim Dickinson Passes Away Aged 67

Jim Dickinson, a musician and producer who helped shape the Memphis sound in a career that spanned more than four decades, died Saturday. He was 67.

His wife, Mary Lindsay Dickinson, said he died in a Memphis, Tennessee, hospital after three months of heart and intestinal bleeding problems.

The couple lived in Hernando, Mississippi, but Dickinson recently had bypass surgery and was undergoing rehabilitation at Methodist University Hospital, his wife said.

Dickinson, perhaps best known as the father of Luther and Cody Dickinson, two-thirds of the Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars, (with Luther being the current guitarist for The Black Crowes) managed an outsider's career in an insider's industry. He recorded with and produced greats like Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Big Star, the Rolling Stones, The Replacements and Sam & Dave.

Dickinson's career touched on some of the most important music made in the '60s and '70s. He recorded and played keyboards for the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" in Muscle Shoals, Alabama; formed the Atlantic Records house band The Dixie Flyers to record with Franklin and other R&B legends in Miami; inspired a legion of indie rock bands through his work with Big Star; collaborated with Ry Cooder on a number of movie scores, including "Paris, Texas;" and played with Dylan on his Grammy-winning return to prominence, "Time Out of Mind."

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