[JPL] Wilson "WILLIE TEE" Turbinton - Funeral services set for Saturday September 22nd in New Orleans

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Wed Sep 12 09:30:46 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.

A funeral is scheduled for Sept. 22 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic
Church, 1835 St. Roch Avenue, New Orleans , LA. 70117. Visitation is from 9
to 11 a.m., with a service to follow.

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.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Martin Turbinton; a sister, Joyce
Turbinton Gill; a daughter, Racquel Turbinton Bruno; and two grandchildren.

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

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