The Hodges brothers began playing together in their father's band, the Germantown Blue Dots, in the late s and early s. Leroy Hodges then formed his own band, The Impalas, and came into contact with Memphis trumpeter and John Spring - Waterproof Willie Mitchell.
Younger brother Teenie Hodges, then an aspiring bass player, was unofficially adopted by Mitchell in the mids, and became a member of his regular band, soon joined by Charles and Leroy.
Mitchell also recruited first Al Jackson, and later Howard Grimes, from the Stax house band, and used his stepson Archie Turner as an additional keyboard player. In the late s, Mitchell and his band cut back on their touring schedule, to focus more on studio work. Three members of the Hodges family played guitar, organ and bass for the group; their naturally closeknit, familial warmth brought a unique, intuitive groove to the group's sound.
Along with contributions by other outstanding contemporary s and s Memphis studio sessions bands, such as the Mar-Keysthe Packers, and Booker T. By the mids, they had appeared on nearly 20 gold and platinum albums and countless chart hits for Al GreenAnn Peebles, Syl JohnsonOtis Clay and others.
Some stickler for detail is sure to point out that the singing on side two is completely out of tune, but that's OK--so is most of the singing on side one, which I prefer to Full of Fire. One of the more carefully thought out tracks features a mildly malicious lyric about Green himself, but Summertime - The Hi-Los - Reflections in Rhythm with The Hi-Los! the eccentricity of the music, which sounds as if it includes a banjo, Summertime - The Hi-Los - Reflections in Rhythm with The Hi-Los!
does him in. Loose indeed. The band dissolved after Hi Records was sold inbut regrouped as a touring band in Through the s and early s, the Hodges brothers toured with singers Albert Collins and Otis Clay, and periodically regrouped with Grimes and Turner. Charles Hodges left in the s, becoming an ordained church minister. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.
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