Legendary Producer Chips Morman Has Passed Away At 79; He Produced Hits For Elvis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:52:54
Legendary producer, guitarist, and songwriter Lincoln Wayne "Chips" Moman has passed away at the age of 79. He wrote and produced hits for Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, B.J. Thomas, Dusty Springfield, and a variety of others. He passed in his hometown of LaGrange, Georgia on Monday, just one day after his 79th birthday.
Rolling Stone reports, "Long regarded as the "fifth Highwayman" for his role in producing the country supergroup that included Jennings, Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson, Moman also co-wrote Jennings' 1977 crossover hit, "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)," and in 1982 produced Nelson's CMA Award-winning smash, "Always on My Mind." Along with Larry Butler, Moman earned a 1976 Grammy for writing the B.J. Thomas pop-country hit, "(Hey, Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song).""
He opened American Sounds Studio in Memphis, Tennessee in 1967, and produced hits for Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond, and many others. American Sound Studio produced over 120 Billboard Hot 100 songs between 1967 and 1971. The studio closed down in 1972.
Later, "He would go to on to produce and perform on records by Ronnie Milsap, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Willie Nelson," reports Rolling Stone.
He won the 1976 Grammy for Best Country Song with "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song," which was performed by B.J. Thomas. Check out Thomas performing the track below:
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff