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Gibson-endorsing American Sound producer Chips Moman is right at home with an acoustic guitar in LaGrange, Georgia, in 2001.
“The only two things in life that make it worth livin’, is guitars that tune good and firm feelin’ women:” Outfitted in blue denim and a dark poorboy cap, the Gibson-endorsing Chips Moman is right at home alongside an acoustic guitar in LaGrange, Georgia. The professional shot appeared in the November 18, 2001, issue of the since-defunct Atlanta Constitution morning newspaper. Photography by Jean Shifrin / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Archives

Chips Moman had to leave Memphis for a little while. The only man to effectively produce Elvis Presley besides Sam Phillips at Sun, Moman wore his heart on his sleeve, refused to play music biz politics, and abhorred self-promotion. The Memphis Boys, Moman’s crack team of session personnel at American Sound Studio, were not confined to a…