Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios (American Made Music Series) Paperback – 30 Nov 2011
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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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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!
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.
It would be great if Rhino records issued a box set of the greatest hits of the American studios.