Friday, May 24, 2024

“Teenie” Hodges, Famed Memphis Guitarist and Al Green Songwriter, Dead at 68


Mabon Lewis “Teenie” Hodges, the famed Memphis guitarist and co writer of many of Al Green’s most famous hits, has died in Dallas at age 68. Among the songs he wrote with Al Green and/or the late Willie Mitchell: “Take Me to the River,” “Love and Happiness,” “LOVE (Love),” and “Here I Am (Come and Take Me).” Teenie and his brothers Charles and Leroy made up the Hi Records Rhythm section, a killer group that played on all those hits as well as Ann Peebles’ many hits (“I Can’t Stand the Rain”) as well as those by Syl Johnson and Otis Clay. It’s a sad sad day in Memphis.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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