Muscle Shoals

Gary Baker watched the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show along with his brother. The two became so engrossed by music that his brother bought Gary a Silver Tone Guitar from Sears. They formed a band together and Gary soon discovered he enjoyed writing songs. As a songwriter, Gary has written...
David Briggs was a struggling musician in Nashville when he received a call to replace Floyd Cramer on a recording session.  That session just happened to be for an album titled “How Great Thou Art” for Elvis Presley.  That session took place in May of 1966, impressing Elvis and his band enough to...
Charlie Feldman was inspired to play the guitar thanks to this father. While a teenager, Charlie formed several bands and over the years played with such great named bands as The Bassmen (named after the amp) and The Candy Store Profits. In the late 1960s, he went up to the recording studios in...
Donnie Fritts was born in Florence, Alabama, the right place at the right time to grow up to become a studio musician and songwriter.  Just a little way down the road from where Donnie grew up was the epicenter of the Muscle Shoals Sound –and Donnie was there, front and center!  In the mid-1960s,...
Donna Jean Godchaux was the only female singer with the Grateful Dead (on stage and on recordings) from 1971 until 1979. In fact, she was the first female singer with the group and was once married to the band's keyboard player. When she was just nine years old, she met Rick Hall before he opened...
Rick Hall was born just down the country road from Sam Philips, the founder of Sun Records in Memphis.  Perhaps there was something in the Florence River there near Muscle Shoals because Rick too went on to establish a famous recording studio, Fame!  Rick entered the music publishing industry in...
David Hood is the co-founder of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama.  The studio was formed in 1969 when four session musicians left Frame Studios to create their own recording studio.  The four, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins, Barry Beckett and David, were first a well-known rhythm section that...
Jimmy Johnson is the co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama along with fellow studio musicians Roger Hawkins, Barry Beckett and David Hood.  The four musicians, known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, started playing together in and around Jimmy’s hometown of Sheffield, Alabama...
Kevin Lamb distinctly remembers sitting in a music class when the subject of music publishing came up and thinking, "I never want to do that." After some forty years in the music publishing industry, he laughs at that first impression. Ironically, Kevin often teaches a college class at Belmont...
Jerry Masters grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas where he heard his mother playing piano in church as far back as he can remember. After serving in the US Army, Jerry formed his own rock band and recorded the hit "Let It All Hang Out" while in Houston. He later moved to Memphis where he befriend Bill...

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