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Gene Chrisman
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: The Memphis Boys
  • Country: United States

Gene Chrisman was born on August 8, 1940 in Memphis, Tennessee. He played the drums during high school, and began playing in nightclubs in Memphis. From 1960 until 1962 he toured the United States with Jerry Lee Lewis with whom he played the Hollywood Bown in Los Angeles and appeared on Dick Clark's American Bandstand.

In 1962, Gene began work as a session musician at Echo and Phillips Recording Studios in Memphis, TN, and in 1965 he started working full-time at American Sound Studio in Memphis, TN. In those six years he recorded on 122 chart records. Just to name a few, he recorded with such artists as: Purify Brothers, Ronnie Milsap, Sandy Posey, Sweet Inspirations, Brenda Lee, Joe Tex, Dusty Springfield, Danny O'Keefe, Dionne Warwick, Petula Clark, Neil Diamond, Boxtops, King Curtis, Wilson Pickett, Elvis Presley, T. G. Shepard, Bobby Womack, Joe Simon, Arthur Conley, Herbie Mann, Arthur Alexander, Roy Hamilton, B. J. Thomas, Paul Davis, Merilee Rush, Timi Yuro, Aretha Franklin (Recorded in NY), Buddy Greco, and many more . . . .

In 1971 Gene moved to Nashville and recorded with artists such as Crystal Gayle, Don McLean, Gatlin Brothers, Eddie Mitchell, George Strait, Kenny Rogers and Dottie West, Julie Andrews, Tony Orlando, The Highwaymen, Robert Duvall, Willie Nelson, Burl Ives, Oak Ridge Boys, Mel McDaniel, Statler Brothers, Tom T. Hall, Loretta Lynn, Speer Family, Box Car Willie, Merle Haggard, Don Gibson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Floyd Cramer, B. J. Thomas, Jerry Reed, John Denver, Ronnie McDowell, Reba McIntire, Tiny Tim, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and many more . . . .

From 1990 until 1994, Gene toured Europe, Australia, New Zeland, Canada and the U.S., with "The Highwaymen" (Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson) and appeared on Farm Aid shows with the Highwaymen in 1991 in Austin, TX, at the Texas Stadium in 1992, and in 1993 in Ames, Iowa. Gene also appeared on the following television shows for the Nashville Network: "Great Legends of Country Music", "New Country", "New Faces", "That Nashville Music", and "A Tribute to Country Music Songwriters."

He has been featured in articles in Modern Drummer and Classic Drummer Magazines as well as in books and articles relating to Elvis Presley and the group, The Memphis Boys, who recorded with him at American Studio in Memphis. Gene has recorded videos for: Bill Gaither, The Speers, Willie Nelson, and The Highwaymen and co-wrote the music on the Memphis Boys instrumental album entitled, "The Memphis Boys."

At the present, Gene is busy with studio recording, Elvis Fan Club Shows, working The Grand Ole Opry with female artist Mandy Barnett and performing shows with Mandy Barnett.

He was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame on November 26, 2007, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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