Remembering The Memphis Boys' Bobby Emmons

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Remembering The Memphis Boys' Bobby Emmons

One of the musicians who accompanied Elvis Presley on some of his most iconic songs has passed away.

Bobby Emmons, keyboardist, songwriter and member of The Memphis Boys, died on Monday, February 23 in Nashville. He was 72.

Bobby played on Elvis' hits "Kentucky Rain" and "Suspicious Minds," as well as hits for many other artists. He also penned many chart-topping singles for artists such as Waylon Jennings, George Strait and Tanya Tucker.

Bobby Wood, Reggie Young and Gene Chrisman – fellow members of The Memphis Boys – shared with us this special message about Bobby Emmons:

"We lost our dear friend and brother Bobby Emmons last night. Bobby was a very talented musician session player. He is mostly remembered for his B3 Hammond organ playing on Neil Diamond's 'Sweet Caroline,' Elvis' 'Kentucky Rain,' B.J. Thomas' 'Hooked On A Feeling,' Dusty Springfield's 'Son Of A Preacher Man,' and tons more from Memphis in the mid to late 60's and then on to Nashville beginning in 1972 till present day. Bobby was the kind of man that everyone respected. He never met a stranger and he would give just as much effort on tex nobody as he would for Elvis Presley. Bobby was also a very gifted writer with songs like Waylon Jennings’ 'Luckenbach Texas,' 'Women Do Know How To Carry On,' 'Wurlitzer Prize,'  to Tanya Tucker's 'Love Me Like You Use To' and George Strait's 'So Much Like My Dad.'  The Emmons family will also tell you that Bobby was the very best dad in the world. He always kept everyone laughing as well. No telling what  he would say about any given subject. We labeled his sayings as 'Emmonisms.'  I called him one morning around 10 a.m. and he said he had slept so late that he looked out the window and all the cows had their legs crossed.  He will be sorely missed and was actually irreplaceable. We worked side by side for over 50 years without even an argument. Now that's what I call a perfect band of brothers. We all respected each other and we would go to battle for each other. There is a big chair missing tonight at the Memphis Boys table.  RIP my friend and brother. Please remember the beautiful Emmons family in your prayers."

Bobby visited Graceland in 2009 and shared some of his memories of recording with Elvis. Watch a clip from his interview below.

Posted by Elvis Presley's Graceland at 11:28 AM
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