The Man from Muscle Shoal
Overview - This is the story of legendary record producer Rick Hall and his historic role in the development of the world-famous "Muscle Shoals sound." Rick Hall made music history when he founded FAME Recording Studios, the first professional recording studio in the entire state of Alabama. Read more...
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This is the story of legendary record producer Rick Hall and his historic role in the development of the world-famous "Muscle Shoals sound."
Rick Hall made music history when he founded FAME Recording Studios, the first professional recording studio in the entire state of Alabama. After producing and engineering the area's first national hit on Arthur Alexander's Southern Soul classic "You Better Move On," Rick went on to earn international fame and eventually a Grammy for a lifetime of achievements.
In the days when Martin Luther King Jr. was marching for freedom, Rick proved to be a civil rights pioneer through his music. His records helped introduce white audiences to the black music market and black audiences to the white music market.
From the moment "You Better Move On" hit the charts, record executives literally flocked to Muscle Shoals for Rick to produce and engineer a mind-boggling array of major artists, from Aretha Franklin to Bobbie Gentry, from the Osmonds to Alabama. His astonishing production abilities were matched by his incredible versatility.
Music fans, history buffs, and others delight to these fascinating tales of how Rick Hall launched the music careers of so many famous artists.
Award-winning DVD, Muscle Shoals, included with every book.
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Hall changed the course of popular music history in the early 1960s when he opened his FAME Recording Studios in the tiny town of Muscle Shoals, Ala.—the first professional studio in the entire state. Hall's memoir is a fascinating tale of how he combined a love of country music and rhythm and blues with a band of talented local musicians ("The Swampers," immortalized in Lynyrd Skynyrd's hit "Sweet Home Alabama") to create "a safe haven where blacks and whites could work together in musical harmony," producing hits for many different musicians including Wilson Pickett, Joe Tex, Clarence Carter, Aretha Franklin, Paul Anka, and the Osmonds. The "Muscle Shoals Sound" created at FAME is often associated with the rival Muscle Shoals Sound Studio founded in 1969 by the Swampers after an acrimonious split with Hall. But the book firmly puts the spotlight on Hall's unique accomplishments, and provides a moving tale of Hall's rise from a poverty-stricken youth surrounded by "starvation, deaths, sickness, divorces, and tornadoes" to his nurturing of a regional sweet soul sound that exploded onto the national music scene. (Mar.)