Leroy Hodges (Al Green, Ann Peebles)

By Thomas Semioli

Along with his peer, Donald “Duck” Dunn, his bass passages define “Memphis Soul.”

 

The Hi Records house rhythm section, comprised of the Hodges brothers; bassist Leroy “Flick” Hodges, keyboardist Charles, and guitarist Mabon “Teenie” Hodges along with drummers Howard Grimes and Al Jackson Jr., moved a generation – spiritually and physically – with pocket grooves and counter-melodies  that fueled seminal hits and album tracks by Al Green, Ann Peebles, and Otis Clay, among scores of others.

 

When contemporary artists such as Cat Power and Melissa Etheridge seek the sound of Memphis, the bass cat they rely on is Flick Hodges!

 

Flick Hodges Sound & Vision

Al Green

“Let’s Stay Together” https://youtu.be/EKOcfZtKvYQ

“Love and Happiness” https://youtu.be/q8AMZmWqgRM

“For The Good Times” https://youtu.be/RFpwASkUax8

 

Ann Peebles:

“I Can’t Stand The Rain” https://youtu.be/A09GZeORYlo

 

Melissa Etheridge:

“Memphis Train” https://youtu.be/yQw7nS1uXas

 

Cat Power

“The Greatest” https://youtu.be/utN-04wL_h0