“There are cool cats and there are cool Memphis cats but no one, not
Elvis, not Jerry Lee, not even the Wolf came close to epitomizing Memphis
and cool like Jim Dickinson did. He was the Top Cat Daddy, an
inspiration, a mentor and my friend.

If you knew his music and understood his role as one of the links between
black and white culture and between blues and rock and roll, you know what
I'm talking about. If he is unfamiliar to you, now's as good time as any
to get to know him, even though he's checked out of the motel.”

--Joe Nick Patoski

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Beale Street Saturday Night

Side 1 from Beale Street Saturday Night by Jim Dickinson's Legacy

In the 1970's, Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. had been
"urban renewed" almost into oblivion.  The deteriorating
Orpheum Theater was standing empty and shuttered,
about to be sold. Beale Street Saturday Night was recorded
as part of a fund raiser to save it.  Now Beale Street
is booming and the Orpheum Theater is restored to its
former gold leaf glory.

Listening to this album brings back Jim's effortless mastery
of the piano and his genius record production. 

World boogie is coming!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

gods of Memphis

"Find the album "Negro Streets at Dawn," by Mudboy and the Neutrons, and play "Money Talks." There the gods of Memphis walk among us, and Jim Dickinson delivers a sermon like the risen Howlin' Wolf, "I want you to reach out, put your hands on the radio. Can you feel it?"  This is where the soul of man puts on its high heel sneakers and shakes like little Ginny."

-Howard Hampton, New York Times, July 25, 2010

  03 Money Talks by Jim Dickinson's Legacy