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VOL. 129 | NO. 110 | Friday, June 06, 2014

Moman on Bill for Elvis Week

By Bill Dries

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Legendary music producer Chips Moman will be in Memphis for Elvis Week events at Graceland in August, marking the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death in 1977.

Elvis Presley Enterprises announced this week that Moman, who produced Presley’s Memphis sessions at Moman’s American Sound studios in North Memphis, will be part of the Elvis Insiders panel discussion Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. at Graceland’s main stage in Graceland Plaza.

Bobby Wood, Gene Chrisman and Reggie Young, who were part of the American Sound studio band that played on the Elvis sessions, will also be part of the discussion.

The American Sound recordings included some of Presley’s biggest hits of the late 1960s and early 1970s, including “In the Ghetto,” “Suspicious Minds” and “Kentucky Rain.”

During Moman’s tenure, American Sound turned out more than 120 hit records for various record labels.

Moman returned to Memphis for a brief time in the 1980s at the helm of Three Alarm Studios, a recording studio in an old city firehouse at Third Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, but he has rarely returned to the city or commented on his role in Memphis music history since the studio closed.

– Bill Dries

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