Charles "Skip" Pitts died earlier this week. Don't know Pitts? Oh, yes you do. That badass wah-wah on "Shaft"? Pitts at age 23. The killer riff in the Isley's "It's Your Thing"? Pitts at 22. Rufus Thomas's "The Breakdown": Pitts. He was one of those guys, all over tons of stuff you've heard. Stax sessions, Wattstax, Al Green, Albert King, as bandleader for Hayes, soundtracks, and more recently as a member of the Bo-Keys. His guitar is probably why sampling was invented, he's that omnipresent. In all the hubbub over Adam Yauch's death yesterday, I felt like I had to mention Pitts, because his is a name you should know.
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Isaac Hayes - Theme From Shaft mp3 at Aerial Noise
The Isley Brothers - It's Your Thing mp3 at Parasoul
Rufus Thomas - The Breakdown (streaming) at YouTube
The Bo-Keys with Harvey Scales - Work That Skirt mp3 at Aquarium Drunkard Direct linking may be disabled. If so, go there to get it.
Charles "Skip" Pitts at Wikipedia
The Bo-Keys official site