[JPL] Wilson "WILLIE TEE" Turbinton - Funeral services set for Saturday S...

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Sat Oct 13 22:48:22 EDT 2007

Keyboardist, song writer and producer Wilson "Willie Tee"  Turbinton, an
early architect of New Orleans funk and soul, died on  September 11, 2007 of
colon cancer. He was 63.

Mr. Turbinton secured  his place in New Orleans music legend by producing and
co-writing the Wild  Magnolias' self-titled 1973 debut. That landmark
recording and the subsequent  "They Call Us Wild," also produced by Mr.
Turbinton, largely introduced the  Mardi Gras Indians' distinctive street
beats and chants to the  world.

"In a city of treasures, he was rich in taste and tradition," said  record
producer and longtime friend Leo Sacks. "The depth, breadth, scope  and
command of his piano playing were profound. He helped shape the sound of  New
Orleans for more than four decades."

Mr. Turbinton's passing  follows that of his older brother, modern jazz
saxophonist Earl Turbinton, on  Aug. 3.

Written By Keith Spera, Music Writer, The Times- Picayune /  9/11/07

More About Willie Tee:  http://willietee1.tripod.com/


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