Born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1935, Mitchell had first recorded in his adopted home of Chicago, Illinois, for the Boxer label in 1959. He would spend the majority of the '60s cutting great soul songs for George Lamar's One-der-ful label. The Town I Live In was his first song to reach as high as Number 8 on the R & B charts in 1962. The seventies brought a host of Chicago record labels for Mitchell including St. Lawrence, Spoonful, Sandman, Chess, Black Beauty and finally his own Big 3 Records.
Back in Jackson, Mitchell's sister owned a record store that sold one of his Big 3 releases entitled Trouble Blues. Word began to spread around the city about the song and Malaco bought the master to it, reissuing it on the Chimneyville label in 1976. The record did extremely well on the Southern radio stations and soon Malaco contacted Mitchell to sign him to the label. Mitchell went on to record for James Bennett before dying prematurely of a heart attack in January 1986.
This set of music is a superb set of the late great McKinley Mitchell that one is sure not to do without
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