Chips Moman, Georgia-born songwriter, record producer and musician, passed away on June 13th, a day after his 79th birthday.
Moman was born in LaGrange, Georgia in 1937. After moving briefly to Los Angeles and then to Memphis, Moman toured with Gene Vincent, worked with Stax Records, recorded the Box Tops and Wilson Pickett (among many others), produced Elvis Presley’s 1969 album From Elvis in Memphis, played guitar on sessions by Aretha Franklin and, with Dan Penn, wrote the classic songs “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (recorded by Franklin) and “The Dark End of the Street” (James Mann).
In the early ‘70s, Moman briefly operated a studio in Atlanta before moving once again, this time to Nashville. There he worked as a producer and songwriter. He co-wrote Waylon Jennings’ hit “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” and produced albums by Willie Nelson, Ronnie Milsap, Tammy Wynette and the Highwaymen, among many others.
Suffering from lung disease, Moman died in a hospice back in his hometown of LaGrange, where he had been operating a local recording studio.