Teenie Hodges, genre-defining Memphis player, dies


Teenie Hodges, the diminutive guitarist and "Take Me to the River" songwriter who became a towering figure in the Memphis music scene, has died. He was 68.

Longtime friend and Royal Studio owner Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell said Tuesday that Hodges died Sunday night from complications of emphysema at a Dallas hospital. Hodges fell ill during a trip to the South By Southwest music festival in March and had been hospitalized with pneumonia since.

Hodges, rapper Drake's uncle, was the go-to guitarist for Memphis soul in the 1960s and '70s. He helped define the sound by working with artists including Al Green, Syl Johnson, and Etta James, and later would inspire dozens of others from Michael Jackson to Cat Power.


Associated Press Writer Adrian Sainz in Memphis, Tennessee, contributed to this report.


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