Carson Whitsett

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Carson Whitsett (May 1, 1945, Jackson, Mississippi – May 8, 2007, Nashville, Tennessee) was an American keyboardist, songwriter, and record producer.


Carson Whitsett joined his older brother Tim's band, Tim Whitsett & The Imperials (later known as The Imperial Show Band) and quickly became a stand-out on the B-3 organ. Following the breakup of the band, Whitsett spent time in Canada playing with Eric Mercury before an invitation to Stax Records where Tim Whitsett was now in charge of the label's East Memphis publishing arm. Carson's playing inspired bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn and drummer Al Jackson, Jr. to reemerge, along with Stax session guitarist Bobby Manuel in place of Steve Cropper, as The MG's, releasing an album in 1973.

Whitsett moved to Malaco Records, where he played in the house band, appearing on Paul Simon's There Goes Rhymin' Simon album, Anita Ward's Ring My Bell, Dorothy Moore's Misty Blue, albums by Connie Francis and fellow Mississippian Paul Davis, one of the highest selling Blues albums of all time in Z. Z. Hill's Down Home Blues, and numerous albums by such legends as Bobby "Blue" Bland, Little Milton, and former Stax sensation Johnnie Taylor. Several Malaco acts, including Taylor and Moore, recorded songs written by Whitsett, and he produced Fern Kinney's #1 UK hit "Together We Are Beautiful" in 1980.

Whitsett's first major success as a songwriter also came in 1980 with Fred Knobloch's "Why...
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