Gene Chrisman


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Gene Chrisman was among the celebrated studio musicians from Tennessee who played on countless recordings and helped shape the Memphis Sound during the 1960s and 70s. Gene’s creative drumming style has been cited by percussionists around the world as an influence on their own careers. Gene was the drummer in the American Sound Studio in Memphis, which produced a string of hits for artists such as Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley. For Elvis, Gene played the drums on “Suspicious Minds,” “Kentucky Rain” and “In the Ghetto.”  Among the other one hundred plus hits that Gene played drums on were "The Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield, "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond, "Hooked on a Feeling" by BJ Thomas and John Prine's self titled 1971 debut album.