“(Jim Dickinson is)…. that magical musical maestro from Memphis…. he was the kind of guy you could call to play piano, fix a tractor, or make red cole slaw from scratch.”
James Luther “Jim” Dickinson (November 15, 1941 – August 15, 2009) was an American record producer, pianist, and singer who fronted, among others, the Memphis based band, Mudboy & The Neutrons.
- In the late 1960s, Dickinson joined with fellow Memphis musicians Charlie Freeman, Michael Utley, Tommy McClure and Sammy Creason; this group became known as the “Dixie Flyers” and provided backup for musicians recording for Atlantic Records. Perhaps their best-known work was for Aretha Franklin‘s 1970 Spirit in the Dark.
- In December 1969, Dickinson played piano on The Rolling Stones‘ track “Wild Horses” at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama
- In 1972 Dickinson released his first solo album, “Dixie Fried”, which featured songs by Bob Dylan, Furry Lewis, and the title song by Carl Perkins.
- In 1974 he produced Big Star‘s Third
- Co-produced with Alex Chilton on the 1979 Chilton album Like Flies on Sherbert.
- He has produced Willy DeVille, Green on Red, Mojo Nixon, Neon Wheels, Jason & The Nashville Scorchers, The Replacements,Tav Falco’s Panther Burns, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and The Dick Nixons, among many others
- in 1977 an aural documentary of Memphis’ Beale Street, Beale Street Saturday Night, which featured performances by Sid Selvidge, Furry Lewis and Dickinson’s band Mud Boy and the Neutrons.
- He has also worked with Ry Cooder, and played on Dylan’s album Time Out of Mind.
- In 1998, he produced Mudhoney‘s, Tomorrow Hit Today.
Introducing himself – from www.artistshousemusic.org:
Down in Mississippi:
Album of the day: James Luther Dickinson – Dixie Fried:
Read about the album @ allmusic: Dixie Fried