Muscle Shoals Music Producer Rick Hall Dies
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Jessica Nicholson • January 2, 2018 •
Muscle Shoals music producer Rick Hall has died. According to his longtime friend Judy Hood, Hall died at his home Tuesday (Jan. 2) after fighting cancer. Hall has been 85.
Hall started FAME Recording Studios in Alabama in 1959, alongside Billy Sherill and Tom Stafford. The studio could turn into a recording home for popular artists such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Duane Allman, Wilson Puckett, and more.
FAME Studios house band members could become as well-known in music classes as the artists that they listed for. FAME’s first house rhythm section comprised Norbert Putnam, David Briggs, Peanut Montgomery and Jerry Carrigan. FAME’s second house rhythm section, memorialized as the “Swampers” in Lynyrd Skynrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama,” left in 1969 to form their own studio, Muscle Shoals Sound.
In 1970, Hall was nominated for a Producer of the Year Grammy. The same decade saw Hall begin utilize Mike Curb, who would bring The Osmonds into the studio to record.
In the country field, FAME’s printing and studio operations have generated hits for Terri Gibbs, Ronnie Milsap, T. Graham Brown, Ricky Van Shelton, Jerry Reed, Alabama, John Michael Montgomery, and more.
Among the records recently recorded and/or mixed at FAME Studios have been Gregg Allman’s ultimate record, Southern Blood, Third Day’s Revival, John Paul White’s Beula, and more.
Hall was prominently featured as part of this 2013 documentary Muscle Shoals, also in 2015, he released the book The Person From Muscle Shoals: My Journey From Shame Into Fame.
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