Saturday, August 15, 2009

A giant, a legend and just a hell of good guy has fallen

James Luther "Jim" Dickinson, a Memphis music legend if ever one existed, passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning at the all-too-young age of 67.

I had the profound privilege of working with him at the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival, and he was a gentleman, and a musician of the highest order. His impact on music, not just here but around the world, is known to Memphians and musicians everywhere. He worked with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Bob Dylan, helped everyone locally, and produced two children with his wife, Mary Lindsay, that became spectacular musicians on their own, Luther and Cody.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his friends, and his fans, of which I proudly count myself. Memphis music as we have known will not ever be the same.

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