Thursday, May 14, 2009
The weekend is coming up and this week on the All Memphis Music Specialty Show, it's the new CD from Memphis Legend, Jim Dickinson. The new CD is called "Dinosours Run In Circles"and it will be played in it's entirety! Jim is not only a Memphis icon, he is also known for his work with the Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder, The North Mississippi All-Stars, and so many more.
Dickinson moved to Memphis, Tennessee at an early age. After attending school at Baylor University, he returned to Memphis and played on recording sessions for Bill Justis, and at Chips Moman's American Studios. Dickinson recorded what has been called the last great record on the Sun label, "Cadillac Man" b/w "My Babe" by the Jesters, playing piano and singing lead on both sides, even though he was not an actual member of the group. 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. Dickinson also played piano on The Rolling Stones' 1969, Wild Horses, and on The Flamin Groovies' 1971, Teenage Head. In 1972 Dickinson released his first solo album, Dixie Fried, which was a mixture of songs by Bob Dylan, Carl Perkins and Furry Lewis.
In the 1970s he became known as a producer, recording Big Star's Third in 1974, as well as serving as co-producer with Alex Chilton on the 1979 Chilton album Like Flies on Sherbert. He has produced Willy DeVille, Green on Red, Mojo Nixon, The Replacements, Tav Falco's Panther Burns, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins, among many others, and 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 with Dylan. In 1998, he produced Mudhoney's, Tomorrow Hit Today.
His sons Luther and Cody, who played on his 2002 solo effort Free Beer Tomorrow, and the 2006 Jungle Jim and the Voodoo Tiger, have achieved success on their own as the North Mississippi Allstars.
The All Memphis Music Specialty Show will air this Friday night, May 15th at 10:00 PM (CST Memphis Time) and rebroadcast on Saturday morning May 16th at 10:00 AM (CST Memphis Time).The Specialty Show will feature new interviews and insights from Jim Dickinson!
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