From Bob Corritore
RIP Ted Jarrett 10/17/1925-3/28/2009: This news just in from Ben the Harpman from his Juke Joint Soul newsletter: legendary soul & R&B producer Ted Jarrett passed away Saturday in a Nashville city hospice of liver failure at the age of 83. Funeral services for Jarrett are being held Thursday at Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 26th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37208. Jarrett's career as a producer, label owner, and songwriter are that of legend. He wrote and produced such tunes as Louis Brooks & the Hi-Toppers' hit "It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)" for Excello Records, and Gene Allison's "You Can Make It If You Try", an R&B standard. Jarrett also is one of the only African-Americans to have a country hit in the 1950s, when he wrote Webb Pierce's "Love, Love, Love". Ted Jarrett's contributions can still be heard today in artists that blend country music and soul. If you are unfamiliar with Jarrett's work, pick up the set Night Train to Nashville, and most notably you'll see his name written across the recording credits for many of those classic R&B chestnuts.