Tommy Couch was born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and grew up with many of the studio musicians and engineers at the Fame Recording Studio. He later moved to Jackson, Mississippi to form his own studio, Malaco Records, with the help and advice of his old friends. The label released a number of award-winning albums covering soul and R&B to the blues and gospel. Tommy had the opportunity to purchase the Savoy, and later, the Apollo Records catalogs, which helped to create a rich history of recorded music. While the record business has had struggles over time, the licensing of recorded material has kept the company relevant and successful for over sixty years.