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'Father Of Muscle Shoals Music' Rick Hall Dies

‘Father Of Muscle Shoals Music’ Rick Hall Dies

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MUSCLE SHOALS, ALA. (CelebrityAccess) Rick Hall, 85, Alabama record producer known for helping to develop the “Muscle Shoals sound,” died Dec. 2 after a long fight with cancer and a return from a nursing home. Hall was best known as the owner and proprietor of FAME studios in Muscle shoals, Ala., and, as “Father of Muscle Shoals Music,” recorded some of the biggest names in music like Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Etta James.

Hall, a former factory worker and musician in the group The Fairlanes, began his successful recording career as a songwriter, with his songs recorded by George Jones, Brenda Lee and Roy Orbison. In 1959, Hall and Fairlanes saxophonist Billy Sherrill built a publishing company called Florence Alabama Music Enterprises, or FAME, with Hall eventually becoming sole owner. He built FAME Studios where he began recording hits for acts like Tommy Roe, Joe Tex, and The Tams.

In 1966, he helped license “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge, produced hit records for acts like Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, Redding, and Franklin, and produced many sessions using Duane Allman as guitarist, plus produced many recordings for Etta James. By 1969, he was producing pop hits for acts like Donny Osmond, Paul Anka, Mac Davis and Tom Jones. By the time it was all said and done, Hall had been named Producer of the Year by Billboard in 1971, had a Grammy nomination, and his publishing staff wrote some of the biggest country hits of the 1980s and 1990s.

His life and career were featured in the 2013 documentary “Muscle Shoals.”

Below are just a few of the tributes so far.

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