Chips Moman

Induction Year: 2022

Birth Name: Lincoln Wayne Moman

Birth Date: 06-12-1937

Place of Birth: LaGrange, Georgia

Death Date: 06-13-2016

Place of Death: LaGrange, Georgia

Raised on a farm near LaGrange, GA, aspiring musician Lincoln Wayne “Chips” Moman left school at age 14 to hitchhike to Memphis, where his time as a session guitarist kindled an interest in record producing and songwriting.

As a songwriter, he scored R&B and Pop hits in 1961 with “Last Night” by The Mar-Keys and “This Time” by Troy Shondell. In 1967 Chips and Dan Penn created the classics “The Dark End Of The Street” by James Carr and “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” by Aretha Franklin (later a Top 20 for Barbara Mandrell).

After moving to Nashville in the early 1970s Chips earned the 1976 Grammy for Best Country Song for B.J. Thomas’ multi-genre #1 “(Hey, Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.” In 1977 Waylon Jennings debuted Chips’ Outlaw Country classic “Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love).” In 1978 Thomas topped the AC charts again with “Everybody Loves A Rain Song.” Other songs from Chips’ catalog include “Love Looks Good On You” by David Houston, “The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want To Get Over You)” by Waylon Jennings and “So Much Like My Dad” by George Strait.

Chips was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

"(Hey, Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song"

(written with Larry Butler)

1976 Grammy for Best Country Song

B.J. Thomas1975 #1 Country, #1 Pop, #1 AC
Billie Jo Spears1975  
Billy Walker1975  
Floyd Cramer1975  
Jean Shepard1975  
Loretta Lynn1975  
Roy Clark1975  
Kenny Rogers & Dottie West1979  
Julie Andrews1982  
Sammy Davis, Jr. 1982  
Billy Joe Royal1996  
B.J. Thomas w/ Richard Marx2013  
Mandy Barnett2020  

"Cactus And A Rose"

(written with Bobby Emmons)

Gary Stewart1980 #48 Country

"Cowboys Don't Shoot Straight (Like They Used To)"

(written with Bobby Emmons)

Tammy Wynette1981 #21 Country

"Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"

(written with Dan Penn)

Aretha Franklin1967 #37 Pop
Martha & The Vandellas1967  
The Sweet Inspirations1967  
Joe Tex1968  
Dionne Warwick1969  
The Flying Burrito Brothers1969  
Brenda Lee1970  
Barbara Mandrell1971 #17 Country
Joan Baez1971  
Joe Cocker1973  
Gram Parsons1974  
Kitty Wells1974  
Billie Jo Spears1976  
Willie Nelson1982  
Etta James1993  
Sinéad O'Connor2003  
Martina McBride2014  
Jennifer Hudson2021  

"Everybody Loves A Rain Song"

(written with Mark James)

B.J. Thomas1978 #25 Country, #2 AC, #43 Pop

"Last Night"

(written with Packy Axton, Gil Caple, Floyd Newman, Jerry Lee Smith)

The Mar-Keys1961 #2 R&B, #3 Pop
The Ventures1963  
Ace Cannon1967  
King Curtis1967  
Jimi Hendrix w/ Curtis Knight1970  

"Love Looks Good On You"

(written with George Richey)

David Houston1964 #17 Country

"Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)"

(written with Bobby Emmons)

Waylon Jennings1977 #1 Country, #16 AC, #25 Pop
Tommy Cash1982  
Roy Drusky1982  
Billy Joe Royal1982  
Dale Watson & His Lone Stars2001  
Kenny Chesney & Kid Rock2003  
Radney Foster w/ Roger Creager2003  
The Highwaymen (Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnn Cash, Kris Kristofferson)1990  

"Lying Again"

(written with Larry Butler)

B.J. Thomas1975 
Kenny Rogers1977  
Mickey Gilley1980  
Wayne Newton1989  

"Made In The U.S.A."

(written with Bobby Emmons)

The Four Guys1982 #85 Country
The Wright Brothers1982 #40 Country

"May I Borrow Some Sugar From You"

(written with Bobby Emmons)

Gary Morris1980 
Waylon Jennings1982 

"Partners After All"

(written with Bobby Emmons)

Jessi Colter1984 
Willie Nelson1987 #24 Country

"So Much Like My Dad"

(written with Bobby Emmons)

Willie Nelson1986 
George Strait1992 #3 Country

"Staring Each Other Down"

(written with Bobby Emmons)

Brenda Lee1980 
Gary Stewart1980 
Willie Nelson1982 

"The Dark End Of The Street"

(written with Dan Penn)

2016 Inductee (Single) into the Grammy Hall of Fame

James Carr1967 #10 R&B, #77 Pop
Percy Sledge1967 
Archie Campbell & Lorene Mann1968 #24 Country
Joe Tex1968 
Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton1968 
Ann-Margret & Lee Hazlewood1969 
Gram Parsons1969 
The Flying Burrito Brothers1969 
Aretha Franklin1970 
Ry Cooder1972 
Linda Ronstadt1974 
The Kendalls1983 
Gary Stewart1993 
Gregg Allman1997 
John Cowan1997 
Jennifer Weatherly2001 
Elvis Costello2004 

"The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don't Want To Get Over You)"

(written with Bobby Emmons)

Waylon Jennings1977 #1 Country
Billy Joe Royal1981 
Freddy Weller1982 
Willie Nelson w/ Norah Jones2003 
Kacey Musgraves2017 

"This Time"

Troy Shondell1961 #6 Pop, #22 UK
Sonny James1972 
Donny Osmond1974 
Narvel Felts1976 
Johnny Lee1978 

"We Made It As Lovers (We Just Couldn't Make It As Friends)"

(written with Bobby Emmons)

Gary Stewart1980 
Waylon Jennings1982 

Chips Moman

Induction Year: 2022