Legendary soul man WILLIE MITCHELL has died after suffering a cardiac arrest in December (09).
The hitmaker behind the 'Memphis Sound' of the 1970s was 81 when he passed away on Tuesday (05Jan10).
Mitchell was revered for the R&B hits he created for stars like Al Green and Ann Peebles. He was working on Solomon Burke's new album when he died.
The producer will be best known for his work with Green on hits like Let's Stay Together and I'm Still in Love With You. He also helped Green stage his comeback in recent years, working on the singer's acclaimed 2003 album I Can't Stop.
Mitchell, who enjoyed his own chart successes in the 1960s, also produced Peebles' classic I Can't Stand the Rain.
Beloved in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, the producer was honoured with his own street in 2004 - outside Royal Studios, which he founded.