Back when Memphis was electric — B.J. Thomas on Chips Moman and the Memphis Boys

B.J. Thomas, then an incredibly virile-looking 37-year-old celebrating multiple Grammy wins, looks prepared to face the 1980s head on as he poses for the album cover of “The Best of B.J. Thomas,” a Contemporary Christian compilation released in 1980. Image Credit: Myrrh Records / Word Entertainment

The impact of producer Chips Moman and the Memphis Boys is still being felt 50 years after the unceremonious closing of American Sound Studio in Memphis. The team recorded over 120 Billboard hit singles during a four-year period — 1967 thru 1971 — whether pop, R&B, soul, country, gospel, or rock and roll. These guys are as synonymous and crucial to…