Oral History Information
Walt Aldridge attended the University of Alabama, majoring in business when he switched over to the University of North Alabama, enrolling in their music business program because they had an internship with FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals. That intern experience taught Walt that he belonged in the studio and it led to a 17-year stint with Rick Hall, the founder of FAME. Walt received his first guitar, a Silvertone, for Christmas when he was eight years old and he even wrote a few songs as a teenager, however, it was Rick who encouraged Walt to pursue music as his career. Walt went on to write dozens of hit songs including "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" by Ronnie Milsap (1981), 'Till You're Gone by Barbara Mandrell (1982), "Holding Her and Loving You" by Earl Thomas Conley (1982), "Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde" by Travis Tritt (2000), and "I Loved Her First" (2006) by Heartland.