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Bobby Emmons
Bobby Gene Emmons (*1943) was an American keyboard player and songwriter. He was an active session musician in Memphis, TN, and was the keyboardist of The Memphis Boys, playing keyboards on tracks by Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and many others from the 1950s onward. His compositions included "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)", written with Chips Moman and recorded by Waylon Jennings; and "Love Me Like You Used To", co-written with Paul Davis and recorded by both Johnny Cash and Tanya Tucker.
 
Emmons was born in Corinth, Mississippi, and began performing when at high school. In 1960 he joined Bill Black's band and toured widely with Black, both nationally in the US and internationally. He began playing keyboards in the house band at Hi Records around 1963, before moving to Chips Moman's American Sound Studio as a session musician. Among the many records on which he played keyboards in the 1960s and 1970s were Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" and "In the Ghetto", Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man", Merrilee Rush's "Angel of the Morning", and Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline". He also played on many of Willie Nelson's albums, toured internationally with The Highwaymen.
 
He died in February 2015.
 
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Blues With A Beat With An Organ
Hi Records HL 12024
released 1965
Bobby Emmons, organ
further details unknown
Willie Mitchell Live
Hi Records SHL 32042
released 1968
Willie Mitchell, trumpet
Andrew Love, tenor sax
Charles Chalmers, tenor sax
James Mitchell, baritone sax
Reggie Young, guitar
Bobby Emmons, organ
Mike Leech, bass
Gene Chrisman, drums
Memphis Underground
Atlantic 40038
released 1969
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Herbie Mann, flute
Roy Ayers, vibes, conga
Larry Coryell, guitar
Sonny Sharrock, guitar
Reggie Young, guitar
Bobby Emmons, organ
Bobby Wood, piano
Tommy Cogbill, bass
Mike Leech, bass
Gene Christman, drums
Crying Song
CTI 1002
released 1969
recorded July 1969 in Memphis/TN, USA
Hubert Laws, flute
Reggie Young, guitar
Bobby Emmons, organ
Bobby Wood, piano
Mike Leech, bass
Gene Chrisman, drums
The Dynamics: First Landing
Cotillion SD 9009
released 1969
Fred "Sonny" Baker, vocals
George White, vocals
Isaac "Zeke" Harris, vocals
Samuel Stevenson, vocals
Reggie Young, guitar
Bobby Emmons, organ
Bobby Wood, piano
Mike Leech, bass
Gene Chrisman, drums
Tracy Nelson
Atlantic SD 7310
released 1974
Tracy Nelson, vocals, guitar, piano
Michael Pierce, sax
Earl Lon Price, sax
Sherman Marshall Cyr, trumpet
Steve Howard, trumpet
Clarence Ford, horn
Ron Cornelius, guitar
Mac Gayden, guitar
Jack Lee, guitar, piano, vocals
Reggie Young, guitar
Bobby Emmons, organ, piano
Leon Pendarvis, piano
Bobby Woods, piano
Tommy Cogbill, bass
Kenny Malone, drums
Jim Gilstrap, vocals
Joe Green, vocals
Clydie King, vocals
Willie Nelson, vocals
Pat Powdrill, vocals
Linda Ronstadt, vocals
Beau Cecchino, vocals
Merry Clayton, vocals

 
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