Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesday Reads

Just because Mateen had a "Muslim-sounding" name and a Muslim background, this was proof positive to the media that he indeed was a terrorist.

This despite the fact he was just another damned loser with a long history of mental problems who had easy access to guns and took his revenge on innocent people.

Maybe women are finally waking up to the war being waged against them under the "trans" banner. Good for these women speaking out on the REAL issue here despite leaving themselves open to death threats and other forms of intimidation.

Obituary: Famous record producer and American Studios founder Chips Moman, 79, died yesterday. Among his achievements was his producing the critically acclaimed From Elvis in Memphis, with this album and other recordings from this session regarded as among Presley's best work.

He had just celebrated his birthday the day before.

More about this celebrated individual:

As a teenager, Moman hitchhiked to Memphis and was heard playing guitar by Sun Records' artist Warren Smith. Soon, he was playing rockabilly guitar in the touring bands of Johnny Burnette and Gene Vincent. The budding musician then relocated to Los Angeles where he worked as a session guitarist and became interested in record producing. After his return to Memphis to work as an engineer for Satellite Records, the struggling label would soon rewrite music history as Stax Records. Moman produced the label's first hit, "Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)," for Carla Thomas.

Moman left Stax in 1962 and opened his own recording facility in Memphis. American Sound Studio became a music powerhouse, where the boss produced hits for Aretha Franklin, Neil Diamond, Joe Tex, the Box Tops, and many others. The sessions were played by the house band, the Memphis Boys. Moman also continued to write songs, including the soul classic, "The Dark End of the Street" and "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man."

Early in 1969, Moman produced the Mac Davis-penned "In the Ghetto," for Elvis Presley. The socially conscious lyrics and Presley's momentum from his recent "comeback" concert gave the King his first Top 10 hit in four years. From 1967 to 1971, American Sound Studio placed more than 120 hits on the charts, notching nearly more than one-quarter of the Billboard Hot 100 chart hits in a single week.


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