Record producer Willie Mitchell dies

Worked with Al Green, owned Hi Records

MEMPHIS -- Willie Mitchell, a record producer and musician who worked with Al Green and dozens of others, has died. He was 81.

Mitchell's son, Lawrence Mitchell, said his father suffered a cardiac arrest on Dec. 19 and died at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday.

Willie Mitchell owned Royal Studio where Buddy Guy, John Mayer and many others recorded. In the 1970s, Mitchell also owned Hi Records of Memphis, the label for Green.

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

A trumpeter, Mitchell and his band provided the music 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.

Mitchell was born and raised in Ashland, Miss.
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