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Memphis Boys
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Profiles
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. 1. Sun Days and Hi Times
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. 2. Chips, Goldwax, Sandy, and the Garage-Band Sound
  2. pp. 14-27
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  1. 3. The Road, the Tree, and Its Branches
  2. pp. 28-37
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  1. 4. Walking Through an Open Doorway
  2. pp. 37-51
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  1. 5. Grabbing the Pie and Biting the Apple
  2. pp. 52-63
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  1. 6. Soul Dance Number Three: Keeping It Real
  2. pp. 63-76
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  1. 7. New Voices, New Visions, Wayne’s World, and a Letter
  2. pp. 77-89
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  1. 8. A Place in the Sun
  2. pp. 89-100
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  1. 9. Chill of an Early Fall
  2. pp. 101-110
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  1. 10. It Looked Like a Family
  2. pp. 111-119
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  1. 11. Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
  2. pp. 120-130
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  1. 12. Songs for Young Weepers: Crying Like a Baby and the Death of a Dream
  2. pp. 130-144
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  1. 13. Memphis Goes On
  2. pp. 144-157
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  1. 14. Early Departures and Late Arrivals
  2. pp. 157-173
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  1. 15. People Sure Act Funny
  2. pp. 173-190
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  1. 16. The Present Is Prelude
  2. pp. 191-198
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  1. 17. From a Jack to a King [Includes Photo Insert]
  2. pp. 199-218
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  1. 18. Good-Time Merry-Go-Round: Life after Elvis
  2. pp. 219-235
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  1. 19. Tommy Cogbill’s Year
  2. pp. 236-246
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  1. 20. Eyes of a New York Woman
  2. pp. 247-274
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  1. 21. Just Can’t Help Believing
  2. pp. 274-289
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  1. 22. Going in Circles
  2. pp. 290-304
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  1. 23. Right Can Be So Wrong
  2. pp. 304-321
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  1. 24. Wasted Doing Nothing
  2. pp. 321-339
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  1. 25. Broken-Hearted Rock and Roll Band
  2. pp. 339-350
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  1. 26. From Atlanta to Good-Bye
  2. pp. 350-367
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  1. Suggested Listening
  2. pp. 369-374
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 374-379
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 379-380
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 381-409
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