(HOUSTON, TX) - Former SugarHill Recording Studios' producer-engineer, "Uncle" Mickey Moody passed away over the holiday weekend. He was 69 years of age and suffered from kidney failure, just a week and half shy of his 70th birthday.
Moody's employment at SugarHill under "Crazy Cajun" producer Huey Meaux began in the mid-70s. He immediately began working on Freddy Fenders' project, a re-release of his classics, "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights", Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and others for major label ABC/Dot Records. Those recordings earned Fender both a GRAMMY nomination and Country Music Awards' Male Singer of the Year award in 1975.
With an extensive body of work during his years at SugarHill Recording Studios, Moody engineered a vast number of important Texas artists. Past recording credits include: Asleep At The Wheel's Wheelin' & Dealin' (1975), Kinky Friedman Lasso from El Paso (1976), a few cuts including a cover of the Beach Boys' hit "Good Vibrations" for the Todd Rundgren Faithful album (1976), Lucinda Williams Happy Woman Blues (1980), Augie Meyers Through the Years (2008) and unreleased tracks for Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes.
Personal accounts of Mickey's work at the studios can be found in the upcoming book entitled House of Hits: The Story of Houston's Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios, a recorded biography chronicling the past 65 years of music making history. The book, co-authored by SugarHill chief engineer, Andy Bradley and noted music historian Roger Wood, is due out from University of Texas Press in Spring 2010.
Funeral arrangements are pending.