Oral History Information
Al Bell was in the Stax recording studio in Memphis at the very moment Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed just a few blocks away. Ironically, the recording Al was producing at that time was a song he wrote encouraging Dr. King, whom he had known for years, to be cautious carrying out his goals during the Civil Rights movement. This was just one of many amazing and historically important events that took place during Mr. Bell’s impressive and inspirational career in music. We are proud to have captured some of those stories within the NAMM Oral History collection.