Chips Moman producer of the American Sound Studios
It is curious sometimes the history and anecdotes that surround the life of a musician
Chips Moman, who was the producer of the sessions held in January and February 1969 for Elvis Presley, began as a guitarist at the age of fourteen...His "discovery" seems like a story out of an old Hollywood script. Sitting in a local drug store, strumming a guitar, he was discovered by rockabilly star Warren Smith who was then with Sun Records...
Warren Smith. "He asked me if he wanted a job," says Chips Moman, who played his first gig with Smith at an Arkansas club, which also featured Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison. 'That's how I got into the business.' Moman quickly became a local guitarist, joining up with brothers Johnny and Dorsey Burnette.
He toured with them, with Gene Vincente... And also did the sessions with them in California at the famous Gold Star Recording Studios. Moman watched and studied the noted engineer Stan Ross behind the board. It is at this moment that his interest in production begins and it counts..."And because of what I learned in California, I decided to take advantage of that experience and put it to work in Memphis"Moman was a different, young and successful producer who had already worked in his studies with the great musicians of the moment and saw in Elvis a jewel in the rough.
He thought that he had wasted many years making movies and he admired him for his previous stage and his voice was an incomparable attraction for him. His experience and the possibility of recording in his studios was a lucky opportunity on the Elvis Presley Path that fortunately he did not miss.
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The American Sound Studios 1
"Following the path of the King... "