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Interview: Chips Moman

August 18, 2012 | Posted by CMHOF Staff

August 18, 2012
Producer, songwriter, guitarist, and studio owner Chips Moman played a pivotal role in creating a great number of pop, soul, and country classics. After helping establish Memphis’s Stax Records in the late 1950s, he opened the city’s American Sound Studio and began producing hits for the Gentrys, B.J. Thomas, Neil Diamond, and others. In 1969 Moman produced Elvis Presley’s comeback hits-including “Suspicious Minds,” “In the Ghetto,” and “Kentucky Rain”-and went on to supervise landmark recording sessions by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and the Highwaymen. Moman co-wrote the R&B standards “Dark End of the Street” and “Do Right Woman” and the #1 country songs “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love),” “The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want to Get over You),” and “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.” In this rare public interview, Georgia-based Moman shared some of his best stories. The program was offered as part of the museum’s series of activities marking the thirty-fifth anniversary of Presley’s death.