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Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Roben Jones

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This book 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 ... More


Eyes of a New York Woman

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0020
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes several events including Chips Moman being named the Producer of the Year by industry tipsheet the Gavin Report in late 1969; his growing disenchantment with the way Don Crews ... More


Right Can Be So Wrong

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0023
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the problems that affected American Studios. These include the ongoing lawsuit with Don Crews; Chips Moman’s consuming passion for Toni Wine; the deal with Capitol Records; the ... More


From Atlanta to Good-Bye

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0026
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes American’s move to Atlanta. The last official session at American, according to the session books of Reggie Young, was for their songwriter friend Paul Davis, on May 15, 1972. ... More


Going in Circles

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0022
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes events in 1970 involving the studio and/or the group, including the strong rapport between the musicians; Chips Moman’s sessions with Carla Thomas; Hayward Bishop’s chance at ... More


Wasted Doing Nothing

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0024
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes several events in 1971, including the arrival of three singer-songwriters to record at American. The fall of 1971 had been one of American’s finest. Two prestigious albums were ... More


New Voices, New Visions, Wayne’s World, and a Letter

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes events in the summer of 1967. American Studios was evolving from the ragtag operation it had been several months before. The studio’s success can be attributed to a concept ... More


Good-Time Merry-Go-Round: Life after Elvis

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0018
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the impact of Elvis’s sessions on the studio and the group. Throughout 1969, the studio phones rang almost constantly with people booking sessions. Another Elvis connection was ... More


Standing on the Verge of Getting It On

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes how the American group became one of the most versatile recording teams in the music industry in early 1968. Chips Moman had established himself as a producer; Dan Penn and ... More


Memphis Goes On

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter focuses on the impact of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination on the American group. It describes the sad, angry feeling that lay like a pall over Memphis and the songs which reflected ... More


A Place in the Sun

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter focuses on the success of American Studios, which, seemingly overnight, became the Southern recording base for two New York labels (Atlantic and Bell) and was welcoming world-famous ... More


It Looked Like a Family

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the American group’s growing reputation beyond Memphis. Musicians were learning from their records, with Reggie Young and Tommy Cogbill especially being widely copied; the jazz ... More


Early Departures and Late Arrivals

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0014
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter focuses on the studio’s continued success. The studio had earned the respect of its peers while the client roster was becoming more distinguished, especially among the R&B accounts. ... More


Chill of an Early Fall

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes Memphis music in the fall of 1967, which was a experiencing a spectacular comeback. Among the studios, there was sense of both respect and competition between American Studios ... More


Songs for Young Weepers: Crying Like a Baby and the Death of a Dream

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the daily routine of the American group; their work on the albums of the Box Tops and Aretha Franklin; and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The studio was shut down ... More


People Sure Act Funny

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter continues the discussion of the group’s success. The group was acquiring a reputation and they were even starting their own label. Everyone had enough money to care for their families as ... More


From a Jack to a King

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0017
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes Elvis’s sessions at American in 1969. The effects of the Elvis sessions affected the lives of all who were there for years to come and literally restored Elvis to his throne; ... More


The Present Is Prelude

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0016
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes events in 1969. These include the first act recorded at American in January—that of Merrilee Rush; the American group’s inability to interpret psychedelia well; Neil Diamond’s ... More


Tommy Cogbill’s Year

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0019
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter focuses on the work of Tommy Cogbill. Cogbill never became well known outside the business, partly because almost all the attention given to American would focus on Chips Moman and ... More


Just Can’t Help Believing

Roben Jones

in Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734010
eISBN:
9781604734027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734010.003.0021
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes events in 1970 involving the studio and/or the group, including B. J. Thomas’s return to American; the addition of pool and ping pong tables, which made the atmosphere at ... More


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