Mitch McCracken has been a part of Memphis radio since the early seventies. This podcast started as a series of articles McCracken wrote for the Examiner about Memphis musicians. It started with the death of Jim Dickenson, with him died a lot of great stories. Before long, Willie Mitchell was also gone taking his stories with him. There was no documentation of their stories and Mitch wanted to do that, document the stories of Memphis music and musicians. After writing several articles on people like Jimi Jamison, Jim Dickenson, Willie Mitchell, and Shawn Lane he wanted to take it to the next level by doing a radio interview show. He pitched his friends David Fleischman and Jon Scott of All Memphis who liked the idea and McCracken started recording the interviews. The first Interview with Jack Rowell, Jr. aired on 8/13/2013. Since then Mitch McCracken has done interviews with Don Nix, Reba Russell, Jimi Jamison, Jon Fry, JoJo Jefferies, Steve Cobb, Eric Hughes, Greg Reding and a lot more. These are not question and answer interviews, they are conversations. Many of the people interviewed have shared stories that they have never told anyone else in an interview. That was what Mitch was looking for, not just stories but unique stories. The response to the show has been overwhelmingly positive, much better than he ever imagined. "This is a dream come true. It is an honor to sit down and talk to these icons of Memphis music and to document their stories," said McCracken. Memphis Music InnerView is a production of Planet Earth Complex in partnership with Get Cracken Productions, Jerry Williams is the Executive Producer.
CREED is a band that still stands tall in Memphis music even after more than 40 years. Their one album, CREED, released in 1978, offers Southern-edged hard rock that has a slight AOR flavor thanks to the keyboard magic of Hal Butler. “Firecracker” and “Time and Time Again” are standouts. While Steve Ingle had all the drawing power any band would need, in the end, so did Hal Butler. In the ‘70s, a band had drawing power if they had an excellent soloist. Some bands had guitar soloist, while other bands drew crowds with a fantastic keyboard soloist. CREED had both. Any band that had Steve Ingle and Hal Butler in it was so worth the price of admission. Hal Butler resurfaced in 1999, featured on the Jimi Jamison’s SURVIVOR album “Empires”. Steve Ingle’s latest project is Triple X. 
This week, my guest is a second-generation Memphis musician. His Uncle Johnny had a few hits in the early ‘60s, including “You’re Sixteen”. His father, Dorsey Burnette, wrote songs like “It’s Late” for Ricky Nelson. Billy has recorded his own solo material and was with Fleetwood Mac for almost a decade. He has also toured with John Fogerty and Bob Dylan, among others. 
When I saw the recent purchase of Sun Records by Primary Wave, it reminded me of a conversation I had with an early Sun session man. As it turns out, there wasn’t just one Jerry Lee at Sun. There were two. I’m talking about “Honky Tonk” piano session man Jerry Lee “Smoochy” Smith. Smoochy has some great stories to tell about what The Stage Stop in Memphis was like before it was the Stage Stop. Back then, it was Smoochy’s Steak House and Lounge, a steak house fit for a king. You see where I’m going here, right? The King of Rock and Roll was served there. Who knew? Nobody and Smoochy told me why. Smoochy was also a member of the Mar-keys with Don Nix and Duck Dunn. He has stories to tell about Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Phillips, Carl Perkins, Chips Moman, and a few more. We started by talking about his Sun Sessions.
Bobby Whitlock was born in Arkansas but spent his teen years living in Millington and hanging out at some Memphis recording studios. In fact, he found himself in the Stax studio where Sam and Dave were recording “I Thank You.” You can hear Bobby supplying some of the handclaps on that record. Bobby went on to be the first white artist to be signed by Stax’s Hip imprint label. Bobby is a keyboard player, that is his instrument, but he was persuaded to play piano for the first time on a studio recording during the sessions for George Harrison’s “Beware of Darkness.” Early in the All Things Must Pass sessions, Clapton, and Whitlock, along with bassist Carl Radle and drummer Jim Gordon, formed the blues-rock band Derek and the Dominos. Whitlock wrote or co-wrote seven of the album’s fourteen songs, including “Tell the Truth”, “Bell Bottom Blues,” and “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad.” Two of the songs co-written by Clapton and Whitlock also feature Bobby on lead vocals, “Keep on Growing” and “Thorn Tree in the Garden.” On the other tracks, he and Clapton shared the singing.Now, Bobby has taken up painting, and he’s good at it. If you would like to view/purchase his paintings, go to
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Aug 24th, 1951
Oxford, Mississippi, United States of America
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