Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios (American Made by Roben Jones

By Roben Jones

Memphis Boys chronicles the tale of the rhythm part at Chips Moman's American Studios from 1964, while the gang started operating jointly, until eventually 1972, while Moman close down the studio and moved the total operation to Atlanta. using wide interviews with Moman and the gang, in addition to extra reviews from the songwriters, sound engineers, and place of work employees, writer Roben Jones creates a collective biography mixed with a enterprise historical past and a severe research of vital recordings. She finds how the personalities of the center crew meshed, how they appeared newbies, and the way their own and musical philosophies combined with Moman's imaginative and prescient to create undying song in keeping with subject matters of agony and sorrow.

Recording periods with Elvis Presley, the Gentrys, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, the field Tops, Joe Tex, Neil Diamond, B. J. Thomas, Dionne Warwick, and so on come alive during this booklet. Jones offers the tales in the back of memorable songs composed by way of workforce writers, akin to "The Letter," "Dark finish of the Street," "Do correct Woman," "Breakfast in Bed," and "You have been constantly on My Mind." that includes images, own profiles, and a urged listening part, Memphis Boys information an important part of yankee tune and the effect of 1 studio.

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The track opens with a booming, bottom-heavy piano, and the musicians settle into a loping groove that they slightly smoothed out for the Sandy Posey sessions a year or two later. The drums battle the strings (arranged by New Yorker Al Hamm) and Bobby’s voice, telling the tale of a rejected lover, for prominence on the track, and the mood conveyed is one of suffering. The sound of the Memphis Boys was born. “It was a good track, sure was,” Stan Kesler noted laconically. The album was done following the release of a hit single, Stan Kesler’s composition “If I’m a Fool for Loving You” (reportedly Vernon Presley’s favorite song).

I remember the Starlighters, going to hear them,” Mike Leech reminisced fondly. “I loved that band. ” Soon the Starlighters became one of the most popular bands in town, allowing Bobby to give up his day job pulling auto parts for the chain that later became NAPA. “We had the North Side covered and Willie Mitchell had the South Side,” Bobby recalled with delight. One night Jerry Lee Lewis and his road band came to the club to sit in—a defining moment for a young piano player. “I mean, I looked up to him like he was Jesus Christ or something,” Bobby remarked.

Found . . one . . chord,” he emphasized slowly, in his deliberate manner. ” Bobby Wood also had found a following in the clubs. “I met Bobby in ’58 or ’59,” Stan Kesler recalled. “His brother Billy was older. ” “My dad wanted me to stay on the cotton farm and I said no thank you, I’d seen enough of that,” Bobby said ruefully. He was living with his brother while he played piano and did some singing in local clubs; he wanted to be an actor, but he did not have the money to get to California and try his chance in the movies.

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