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  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (30 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617031992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617031991
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 895,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A detailed history of an unsung recording studio and its lasting impact on rhythm and blues

About the Author

Roben Jones, Gallipolis, Ohio, has published poetry in various magazines and in Wild Sweet Notes: Fifty Years of West Virginia Poetry, 1950-1999.


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HASH(0x930c7690) out of 5 stars THE Book for Memphis Boys Fans 4 April 2010
By Becklett - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm delighted to report that this is a truly great read, and I'm of the opinion that this is THE standard reference for fans of the Memphis Boys. The book succeeds on so many levels, I don't know where to start! So as not to incur carpal tunnel syndrome :), I'll just highlight some of my favorite aspects of the book:

1) A birds-eye view of the sessions. I often have to remind myself that most of these sessions took place more than 40 years ago. Even those who were there have sketchy memories of what happened. Roben has done a great job of conducting extensive interviews with a wide range of participants to give us a real sense of 'you-are-there.'

2) A better appreciation of how songwriters contributed to the success of American Studios. We now know more about the roles of writers like Wayne Carson, Dan Penn, and Spooner Oldham (and many others) as musicians, producers, and engineers.

3) Wider recognition of Tommy Cogbill as innovator and leader. Although the recordings speak for themselves, Roben's interviews with session mates underscore how highly regarded Tommy was as musician, friend, and mentor.

4) Acknowledgment of the Memphis Boys as music industry pros. It's great to read about how much admiration and respect colleagues had for their work.

I have only scratched the surface here, but I strongly encourage you to buy this book! You won't regret it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93bfb294) out of 5 stars Wonderful History of the Memphis Sound 9 May 2014
By JazzLuver - Published on Amazon.com
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The author is a friend of mine whom I have known since grade school, but with whom I had lost contact with after 1969. We reconnected a couple of years ago through Facebook. I always knew she would be a writer, probably a poet or a novelist, as she has had a love affair with books since she was about two years old and is blessed with the gift of speed reading. This book is a rich history of one recording studio and the artists which made up the core group which created the Memphis sound; their personalities and musical philosophies. Hours of personal interviews with members makes for interesting reading.

Some of the prominent artists who recorded at American Studios were: Elvis, Aretha, B. J. Thomas, Neil Diamond, Dionne Warwick, Wilson Picket and many others. If you like musical history you'll want to read this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93bfb198) out of 5 stars Highly recommended 8 May 2010
By Rubinoosnut - Published on Amazon.com
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Roben Jones has written a great book which examines the music and lives of the producers and musicians behind American Studios in Memphis. This studio which operated from the mid 60s until the start of the 70s produced an amazing number of hit records for a variety of artists such as Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, BJ Thomas, Sandy Posey, the Dynamics, Wilson Pickett, the Box Tops and Neil Diamond. Despite the critical acclaim for the records the musicians and producers (Chips Moman, Tommy Cogbill, Bobby Woods, Gene Chrisman, Haywood Bishop, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham) have remained an unappreciated by the general public. Hopefully, this brilliant book will help redress this.

It would be great if Rhino records issued a box set of the greatest hits of the American studios.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9625b5a0) out of 5 stars GREAT HISTORY OF MEMPHIS MUSIC 17 Sept. 2010
By john d powell - Published on Amazon.com
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What an in depth well written piece of Memphis Music History. I have followed and studied Memphis music for the past few years and wasnt very aware of the rols the American Recording Studios played in it. Memphis changed the world of recorded music. Sun, Hi, and Stax are household names. Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Al Green, etc... are all well known the world over. But if you check the facts American probably had more hits than all of the other studios combined and the musicians at American influenced Fame at Muscle Shoals and also Nashville.... Great book I highly recommend it to anyone who really loves the history of American music... Thanks Roben for a great book......
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HASH(0x94168b28) out of 5 stars rebuttal to muscles schoals video 24 Aug. 2014
By newton lee "louis" - Published on Amazon.com
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i recently wrote a review on the dvd muscle schoals.i wrote this prior to reading this book.far too much credit is given to the house band at schoals.many of the memphis boys were at the schoals for their famous recordings and pictured in the dvd.chips moman,tommy cogbill,reggie young,and bobby womack in particular and not given proper credit.it is chips moman playing the riffs on r-e-s-p-e-c-t,i never loved a man, and land of 1000 dances,tommy c0ogbill plays the bass on these songs too.i always preferred american sound studios over stax and the schoals and felt they've never received proper credit.this book gives them the proper respect they deserve.chips moman was integral in the forming of both the stax and schoals sound.tommy cogbill was the driving bass on so many big hits ,reggie young is the greatest guitarist of all time(even george harrison and eric clapton sought him out), not to forget gene christman on drums,bobby emmons on organ,bobby wood on piano,johnny christopher on rhytm guitar,the memphis horns(wayne jackson and andrew love)plus many other great musicians.these men were the sound of elvis presley's greatest work as well as my favorite lp ever memphis portrait.this book finally gives them the much deserved credit---a must for real music fans.
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