‘Wearin’ That Loved on Look’ — Terry Mike Jeffrey salutes Elvis Presley, Chips Moman and the Memphis Boys

Image for post
Image for post
Elvis Presley-inspired singer-guitarist Terry Mike Jeffrey exclusively divulges his deep-rooted admiration for hit-making session cats Chips Moman and the Memphis Boys, who racked up hundreds of enduring soul-pop records inside the ghetto-based American Sound Studio during the ’60s and ’70s. In blue denim and playing his prized 1960 Gibson J-200 acoustic guitar, Presley conducts a warm-up band rehearsal hours before his first appearance in front of a live audience in seven years on June 27, 1968 for the iconic “’68 Comeback Special.” Photography by Gary Null or Frank Carroll / NBC / Getty Images
Image for post
Image for post
Producer extraordinaire Chips Moman and the Memphis Boys — Reggie Young, the late Bobby Emmons, Bobby Wood, and Gene Chrisman — are captured on the front porch of dear friend and former Sheriff Donny Turner’s lake house. The group convened circa March 22, 2014, at Turner’s LaGrange, Georgia, home to visit and go out for dinner. LaGrange was incidentally Moman’s hometown, and the trailblazing producer would succumb to emphysema in a hospice facility there on June 13, 2016. Photography by Jenny Lynn Young

The Terry Mike Jeffrey Interview

Image for post
Image for post
Terry Mike Jeffrey tickles the ivories with aplomb during a co-headlining, well-attended “Elvis Sunday Morning Gospel Celebration” concert with the Stamps Quartet on August 16, 2015, during Elvis Week at Graceland. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
Image for post
Image for post
The 45 cover of Elvis Presley’s “In the Ghetto” b/w “Any Day Now.” Produced by Chips Moman, recorded at American Sound Studio, and featuring the Memphis Boys on instrumentation, the single vaulted to No. 3 Pop on Billboard when released on April 14, 1969. Image Credit: Sony Music Entertainment / Joel Whitburn’s Record Research
Image for post
Image for post
Elvis Presley, clutching a 1959 Fender Precision bass used by session ace Tommy Cogbill, and producer Chips Moman are seen inside American Sound Studios on January 13, 1969. Moman notched four seismic hits with Elvis — “In the Ghetto,” “Suspicious Minds,” “Don’t Cry Daddy,” and “Kentucky Rain.” Photography by Dan Penn / For Elvis CD Collectors Forum
Image for post
Image for post
Bobby Wood, Mike Leech, Tommy Cogbill, Gene Chrisman, Elvis Presley, Bobby Emmons, Reggie Young, American Sound engineer — harmonica player Ed Kollis, and songwriter Dan Penn pose together on January 13, 1969, inside American Sound Studio during the historic sessions that yielded Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” and “Kentucky Rain.” Photography possibly by Marty Lacker using Dan Penn’s Polaroid camera / For Elvis CD Collectors Forum
Image for post
Image for post
American Sound Studio, located at 827 Thomas Street before it was inexplicably demolished in 1990. Producer Chips Moman and the Memphis Boys session cats yielded career-defining hits for Elvis Presley, B.J. Thomas, Neil Diamond, Dusty Springfield and the Box Tops. Image Credit: Elvis Presley Enterprises
Image for post
Image for post
Elvis tribute artist Terry Mike Jeffrey and the Memphis Boys during a show on June 25, 2011 at the Franklin Theater in Franklin, Tennessee. L to R are cellist Jenny Young (Reggie Young’s wife), organist Bobby Emmons, TMJ, guitarist Reggie Young, Ginger Holladay, and Mary Holladay. Image Credit: Courtesy of Bobby Wood and Terry Mike Jeffrey
Image for post
Image for post
Memphis Boys Bobby Emmons, Bobby Wood, Reggie Young, Terry Mike Jeffrey, Gene Chrisman, Ginger Holladay, Mary Holladay, Box Tops guitarist Gary Talley, Jim Horn and an unidentified trombonist collide on June 25, 2011 at the Franklin Theater in Franklin, Tennessee. Image Credit: Courtesy of Bobby Wood and Terry Mike Jeffrey
Elvis has returned! Click to watch the Memphis Boys [i.e. producer extraordinaire Chips Moman, guitarist Reggie Young, organist Bobby Emmons, pianist Bobby Wood, drummer Gene Chrisman, bassist Tommy Cogbill, and bassist Mike Leech unleash the terrific “Wearin’ That Loved on Look,” recorded on Jan. 13, 1969, inside American Sound Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.

Written by

Retro pop culture interviews & lovin’ someone fierce sustain this University of Georgia Master of Agricultural Leadership alum. Email: jeremylr@windstream.net

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store