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Chips Moman (1937 - 2016)

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Chips Moman (1937 - 2016)

Chips Moman, a Grammy Award-winning record producer, guitarist, and songwriter who wrote and produced hits for Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, and many others, died June 13, 2016, according to multiple news sources.

Moman died one day after his 79th birthday at a hospice center in LaGrange, Georgia, the town where he was born Lincoln Wayne Moman June 12, 1937.

As a teenager, Moman played guitar in road bands of Johnny Burnette and Gene Vincent. He later was a session guitarist for studios in Los Angeles, California, and Memphis, Tennessee. He went on to found his own, American Sound Studio, which eventually notched more than 100 hits on the music charts.

In 1969, Moman produced Presley’s album “From Elvis in Memphis” and the hit songs “In the Ghetto,” which became Presley’s first top-10 U.S. hit in four years and signified the King’s comeback; “Suspicious Minds,” and “Kentucky Rain.”


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In later years, Moman played with the Highwaymen, a country supergroup that included Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson. He also produced Jennings’ “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love),” which became a crossover hit in 1977.

Nelson’s harmonica player, Mickey Raphael, told Rolling Stone Country praised Moman, saying that the talented studio producer had the right touch when it came to dealing with artists in the studio.

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