Dickinson formed the Dixie Flyers in the late-1960s with a group of Memphis musicians, becoming the Atlantic Records house band and performing on recordings by blues, soul, and roots-rock artists like Aretha Franklin, Billy Lee Riley, Albert Collins, and Sam and Dave. The band was encouraged by the label to record an album, which would instead become Dickinson's 1972 solo debut, "Dixie Fried". A curious mix of raw Delta blues, country twang, and Southern boogie-rock, Dixie Fried accomplished little commercially, but would become a cult favorite in the years to follow.
During the 1970s, Dickinson moved behind the board and began working as a producer. His work on the Memphis cult band Big Star's final album, "Third", would make Dickinson a cult figure himself, and he would also producer Big Star frontman Alex Chilton's "Like Flies On Sherbert" album in 1979. Any band that wanted a bit of Dickinson's Memphis magic would sojourn to the Bluff City, and Dickinson would produce albums by Jason & the Scorchers, Willy DeVille, Mojo Nixon, Green On Red, the Replacements, Chris Stamey, The True Believers, Mudhoney, Rocket from the Crypt and Screaming Jay Hawkins, among many others.
Dickinson remained a sought-after session musician also during the 1970s as well, and you can hear his piano work on songs as varied as the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" and the Flamin' Groovies' "Teenage Head" . During this time J. Dickinson also began a collaboration with noted slide-guitarist Ry Cooder, contributing to 1971's "Into The Purple Valley", the first of several albums and soundtracks that the two artists created together.
During the late-70s, J. Dickinson formed the band Mud Boy & the Neutrons with bluesmen area Sid Selvidge, Lee Baker, and Jimmy Crosthwait. Pursuing a unique idea of swamp-blues, folk, country, and gospel music, the band recorded three albums during the 1980s for France's New Rose Records. Dickinson stayed busy throughout the late-80s and 1990s, releasing a second solo album, Free Beer Tomorrow in 2002, and producing albums from such diverse artists as Seattle's Mudhoney, Doug Sahm's Texas Tornados, Mississippi bluesman T-Model Ford, and acoustic bluesman Alvin Youngblood Hart. He also lent his distinctive piano sound to Bob Dylan for his 1997 "comeback" album, "Time Out Of Mind".
Through the years, Dickinson contributed to his son's North Mississippi Allstars project as both a producer and piano player, often under the pseudonym "East Memphis Slim." In 2006, J. Dickinson was backed by his sons for this roots-rock and R&B set, Jungle Jim and the Voodoo Tiger, and he released a collection of pre-rock standards called Dinosaurs Run In Circles in early 2009. Working virtually right until his hospitalization for heart problems, Dickinson performed with the band Snake Eyes, which included several younger veterans of the Memphis rock scene. Dickinson died August 15, 2009 of heart complications in Memphis, TN at the age of 67, closing out a varied and impressive musical career that had lasted over four decades. Source here & here.
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