“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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Monday, March 4, 2013

Jim Dickinson's Legacy- Updated

Newspapers come and go.  Facebook is fleeting.
Hopefully this blog will be a more permanent
record of Jim's Legacy.  To sum up 2012, Jim had
three new records released and was posthumously
inducted with the inaugural group of stars into the
Memphis Music Hall of Fame, sponsored by the
Rock 'n' Soul Museum and the Smithsonian.
Move over, Elvis, Jerry Lee, and Howlin' Wolf!

Jim's live performance was recorded at the New
Daisy on Beale Street in 2006, backed by North
Mississippi Allstars with Jimmy Davis on rhythm
guitar and vocals.  Released by Memphis Interna-
tional Records in 2012, "I'm Just Dead, I'm not
Gone" reached #1 on Sirius Radio.
im-not-gone-mw0002371647 to hear music

The great  label Arf Arf  Records put out Jim's
Knowbody Else cd called "Soldiers of Pure
Peace."  This was produced and engineered by
Jim at Ardent Records in 1967.  It is the previously
unreleased masterpiece by the band that later
became Black Oak Arkansas. Words cannot
describe the psychedelic fury uncaged in this
music but your ears will understand.

"With a decades-long career as an iconoclastic
musical polymath, Jim Dickinson needs little
introduction. However, his rarely-discussed
apprenticeship as a producer-engineer at Ardent
Studios in the late 1960s made Dickinson
responsible for many of the wildest and wackiest
sessions ever held in Memphis. Some excerpts
slipped out at the time on obscure singles on Stax
and elsewhere, such as the absurd version of
‘For Your Love’ by Honey Jug. “Whenever
anybody came into Ardent, it was obvious who
was going to do the crazy stuff, ”Dickinson
recounted to me several years ago. The bands
he produced there include the pyjama-wearing
Kinks-ish Wallabys of Jackson, Mississippi and
psychedelic hillbillies Knowbody Else, later to
become famous as Black Oak Arkansas."

About the new Ace Record, "Feeling High-The
Psychedelic Sounds of Memphis"
compiled byAlec Paleo
- See more at:

Coming up for Jim in 2013 is a panel at SXSW
called "I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone- The Life
And Times of Jim Dickinson" on March 15, in
Austin, Texas.  Hope you can come.

There's lots more GREAT news- too fresh to
discuss.  Coming soon....

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