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American Sound Studio On World Cafe | January 18, 2013

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"Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley. "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" by Aretha Franklin. "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield. "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond. All of these legendary songs were recorded at Memphis' American Sound Studio, the last of the five studios we're featuring in our trip to Memphis as part of the quarterly "Sense of Place" series.

Between 1967 and 1971, the studio produced approximately 120 hit songs. Musician and producer Ben Vaughn is uniquely poised to discuss the rise and fall of American Sound: Besides his love of the music, he worked with the American house band, The Memphis Boys, on Arthur Alexander's 1993 album Lonely Just Like Me. Vaughn goes through some of the most important songs to come out of American and shares his experience working with The Memphis Boys. (Link)


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The Gentrys “Keep On Dancing” Frat Rock
Joe Tex “I Gotcha” Best Of Joe Tex
Aretha Franklin “Do Right Woman-Do Right Man” Queen Of Soul-The Atlantic Recordings
Wilson Pickett “I’m In Love” I’m In Love
Dusty Springfield “No Easy Way Down” Dusty In Memphis
The Box Tops “The Letter” ‘60’s Pop #1
Arthur Conley “Funky Street” Funky Street
((Gary Clark Jr. “Oh Pretty Woman” Recorded Live For The World Cafe))

Dusty Springfield “Son Of A Preacher Man” Dusty In Memphis
B.J. Thomas “Hooked On A Feeling” Hooked On A Feeling
The Box Tops “Cry Like A Baby” Cry Like A Baby
King Curtis “Memphis Soul Stew” Memphis Soul Stew
Neil Diamond “Sweet Caroline” Sweet Caroline
Elvis Presley “Kentucky Rain” From Elvis In Memphis
Arthur Alexander “If It’s Really Got To Be This Way” Lonely Just Like Me: The Final Chapter
((The Amazing “Flashlight” Gentle Stream))

Danny O’keefe “Good Time Charlie’s Got” Breezy Stories
Merilee Rush “Angel Of The Morning” Angel Of The Morning
Elvis Presley “Suspicious Minds” Elvis 75
((Mayor Hawthorne “The Ills” A Strange Arrangement))
Levon Helm “Goin Back To Memphis” Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Justin Townes Earle “Memphis In The Rain” Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Marc Cohn “Walking In Memphis” Marc Cohn
Shemekia Copeland “Never Going Back To Memphis” Never Going Back
((Hes My Brother, Shes My Sister “Coattails” Escape Tonight))

Star & Micey “Soul Stormin” Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Star & Micey “Love” Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Star & Micey “I Can’t Wait” Recorded Live For The World Cafe
Star & Micey “Hey Love” Recorded Live For The World Cafe
((Atlantic Pacific “One Of One” Meet Your New Love))

Adrian Younge “Stop And Look (And You Have Found Love)” Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics
Captain Beefheart “Crazy Little Thing” Clear Spot
Steve Earle “Guitar Town” Live From Austin Tx
Kings Of Leon “Back Down South” Come Around Sundown
The Motels “Only The Lonely” All Four One