Sad to hear, just now, of the passing of Teenie Hodges. If you don’t instantly know the name you at least know the sound. For Hodges was part of the Hi Records Rhythm Section, a Memphis session player who was crucial to the development of funk and soul music as both lead and rhythm guitarist; as songwriter too.
Hodges worked with Ann Peebles and Syl Johnson, in recent years he was one of the players integral to the sound Cat Power was tracing on her album, The Greatest – but Teenie Hodges will forever be best known for his work with Al Green. This included co-writing the monumental hits, Love and Happiness and Take Me To The River. He had a hand in other songs too – Here I Am (Come And Take Me). He wrote with Willie Mitchell and Isaac Hayes, and was part of a huge musical family. His brothers Leroy and Charles played in The Impalas with Teenie. Their uncle was jazz musician Anthony Lofton and Hodges’ nephew is the rapper Drake (Aubrey Graham).
Hodges had been hospitalised earlier this year for pneumonia, directly following an appearance at the South by Southwest music festival. He died in hospital as a result of complications of emphysema. He was 68. He was one of the greats. A distinctive sound, that perfect touch, playing always and only for the song.