Willie Mitchell, a record producer and musician who worked with Al Green and dozens of others, has died. He was 81.

Mitchell's son, Lawrence Mitchell, said his father suffered a cardiac arrest on Dec. 19 and died at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday.

Willie Mitchell owned Royal Studio where Buddy Guy, John Mayer and many others recorded. In the 1970s, Mitchell also owned Hi Records of Memphis, the label for Green.

''We are all dealing with the loss," Green said. "He was the mecca of soul and R&B and we're just glad that we had him for so long ... He would want us to continue [with the concerts]. Audiences respond to soul, to people like Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, the Doors and Elvis. That's what it is and why it endures.''

Mitchell received a Trustees Award from the Grammy Foundation in 2008.

A trumpeter, Mitchell and his band provided the music at several New Year's Eve parties for Elvis Presley at Presley's Graceland home. A Memphis boulevard was named in his honor in 2004.

Mitchell was born and raised in Ashland, Miss.

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