There's no connection between these two artists, other than it's a damn shame that they're both gone. I knew Teenie Hodges (above) as the great guitarist who played on all those fantastic Al Green records produced by Willie Mitchell for Hi Records in Memphis. But I didn't know Hodges co-wrote many of those songs, including the classic "Love and Happiness." When you hear that slinky intro, listen for Teenie counting the band in by tapping his foot on a wooden crate. Hodges died Sunday at the age of 68.
Horace Silver was a jazz pianist and composer whose father was from Cape Verde. Along the way, he developed an affinity for Latin music, as best evidenced by "Señor Blues," which Taj Mahal memorably covered. This song is from his 1966 album, "The Jody Grind." Silver died on June 18 at the age of 85.