Yesterday, I received the sad news that Willie Tee had died.
Saturday September 11, 2007 3:35PM
By Keith SperaMusic writer
Keyboardist, songwriter and producer Wilson "Willie Tee" Turbinton, an early architect of New Orleans funk and soul, died today of colon cancer. He was 63.
Mr. Turbinton secured his place in New Orleans music legend by producing and co-writing the Wild Magnolias' self-titled 1973 debut. That landmarkrecording and the subsequent "They Call Us Wild," also produced by Mr.Turbinton,largely introduced the Mardi Gras Indians' distinctive street beatsand chantsto 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 andcommandof 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.
A funeral is scheduled for Sept. 22 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Visitation is from 9 to 11 a.m., with a service to follow.
I will be back asap with a musical tribute to Willie Tee
Willie Tee RIP