(l-r) Huey Meaux, Leo O’Neil and
Mickey Moody in the 1970s.Houston, TX (January 5, 2010)—Two weeks shy of his 70th birthday, former SugarHill Recording Studios producer-engineer, “Uncle” Mickey Moody, died at the end of December from kidney failure.
Moody’s employment at SugarHill under “Crazy Cajun” producer Huey Meaux began in the mid-70s. He immediately began working on a Freddy Fender project, a re-release of his classics, “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” and “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” among 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.
Moody engineered a number of important Texas artists. Past recording credits include: Asleep At The Wheel’s Wheelin’ & Dealin’ (1975), Kinky Friedman Lasso from El Paso (1976), various 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 Moody’s work at SugarHill can be found in the upcoming book, House of Hits: The Story of Houston’s Gold Star/SugarHill Recording Studios, co-authored by SugarHill chief engineer, Andy Bradley and music historian Roger Wood. The book is due out from University of Texas Press in Spring 2010.