Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios (Google eBook)

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2010 - Music - 430 pages
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"Memphis Boys" chronicles the story of the rhythm section at Chips Moman's American Studios from 1964, when the group began working together, until 1972, when Moman shut down the studio and moved the entire operation to Atlanta. Utilizing extensive interviews with Moman and the group, as well as additional comments from the songwriters, sound engineers, and office staff, author Roben Jones creates a collective biography combined with a business history and a critical analysis of important recordings. She reveals how the personalities of the core group meshed, how they regarded newcomers, and how their personal and musical philosophies blended with Moman's vision to create timeless music based on themes of suffering and sorrow.

Recording sessions with Elvis Presley, the Gentrys, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, the Box Tops, Joe Tex, Neil Diamond, B. J. Thomas, Dionne Warwick, and many others come alive in this book. Jones provides the stories behind memorable songs composed by group writers, such as "The Letter," "Dark End of the Street," "Do Right Woman," "Breakfast in Bed," and "You Were Always on My Mind." Featuring photographs, personal profiles, and a suggested listening section, "Memphis Boys" details a significant phase of American music and the impact of one studio.

  

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Contents

1 Sun Days and Hi Times
3
2 Chips Goldwax Sandy and the GarageBand Sound
14
3 The Road the Tree and Its Branches
28
4 Walking Through an Open Doorway
37
5 Grabbing the Pie and Biting the Apple
52
Keeping It Real
63
7 New Voices New Visions Waynes World and a Letter
77
8 A Place in the Sun
89
17 From a Jack to a King
199
Life after Elvis
219
19 Tommy Cogbills Year
236
20 Eyes of a New York Woman
247
21 Just Cant Help Believing
274
22 Going in Circles
290
23 Right Can Be So Wrong
304
24 Wasted Doing Nothing
321

9 Chill of an Early Fall
101
10 It Looked Like a Family
111
11 Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
120
Crying Like a Baby and the Death of a Dream
131
13 Memphis Goes On
144
14 Early Departures and Late Arrivals
157
15 People Sure Act Funny
173
16 The Present Is Prelude
191
25 BrokenHearted Rock and Roll Band
339
26 From Atlanta to GoodBye
350
Suggested Listening
369
Notes
374
Bibliography
379
Index
381
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About the author (2010)

Roben Jones, Gallipolis, Ohio, has published poetry in various magazines and in Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry, 1950-1999.

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