Willie Mitchell died on Tuesday. He was 81 and many thought he already dead, so let’s shed no tears. He’s most fondly remembered for those stomping Northern Soul instrumentals like “The Champion” and “That Driving Beat”, and for his production work at Hi Records for the likes of Al Green. Personally, I’m a big fan of the records he made with Ann Peebles: lean, mean, tight production with that snappy Memphis funk. Here’s a good example from 1972, “Breaking Up Somebody’s Home”.