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The Hi Rhythm Section was the house band for hit soul albums by several artists, including Al Green and Ann Peebles, on Willie Mitchell's Hi Records label in the 1970s.

The Hi Rhythm Section's distinctive, warm, swirling soul sound was a major ingredient in the success of the label through the 1970s. Three members of the Hodges musical family played guitar, organ and bass for the group; their naturally closeknit, familial warmth brought a unique, intuitive groove to the group's sound. The band was originally organized and brought together by producer Willie Mitchell, recording them at his Royal Recording Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, on many albums by popular soul artists, beginning in the late 1960s.

Along with contributions by other outstanding contemporary 1960s and 1970s Memphis studio sessions bands, such as the Mar-Keys, The Memphis Horns, the Packers, and Booker T. & the M.G.'s, the Hi Rhythm Section helped define the sounds of the classic Memphis soul music genre.

Members of the Hi Rhythm Section also appeared with Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, on her 2006 album The Greatest.

Members

Discography

  • On the Loose, 1976
  • Perfect Gentlemen, (recorded this under the name "The Hodges Brothers", also including Fred Hodges on additional keyboards and Percy Wiggins on vocals), 1994

The discography above reflects solo efforts of the group. A list of all the albums they appeared on as the backing band would be quite long.

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