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Teenie Hodges - RIP
Andy Schwartz reports: Farewell to Memphis guitarist/songwriter MABON "TEENIE" HODGES, a pillar of the Hi Rhythm Section and the sound of Al Green, Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson and other artists produced by Willie Mitchell (1928-2010) for Hi Records at his Royal Studios in Memphis TN. Teenie Hodges was the co-composer of the Al Green hits "Here I Am, Come and Take Me," "Take Me to the River" and "Love and Happiness" as well as "I Take What I Want" (Sam & Dave), "Since You've Been Gone" (Garland Green), "When You Talk About Love" (Patti LaBelle), and many more. I was fortunate to have seen Teenie perform on two occasions in recent years; age 68, he died yesterday (6/23) at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas where he'd been hospitalized with complications of emphysema since appearing at South X Southwest in March. Thank you, TEENIE HODGES -- an unsung hero of Our Music.