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Florence Alabama, Where FAME Music Started in 1959

 

Florence and Muscle Shoals is proud to have hosted many of the top music entertainers known and loved world wide.
Florence and Muscle Shoals is proud to have hosted many of the top music entertainers known and loved world wide.

APtravelnews-December 1st,-Bob and Barb “On the Road Again” this time in Muscle Shoals, AL.-Music is like mans heart beat. So when FAME was established with entities such as FAME Publishing, FAME Recording Studios, FAME Records, and Muscle Shoals Record, word got out that “great” sounds were coming from Muscle Shoals and so in 1961 FAME moved over from Florence to the Shoals. FAME has had some of the greatest artists in Rock Music history. Artists such as Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Otis Redding, the Osmonds, Jerry Reed, Alabama, Mac Davis, the Gatlin Borthers, Bobbie Gentry, and many others. More recently FAME has recorded projects for Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Matisyahu, Band of Horses, Drive by Truckers, the Civil Wars and Jamie Johnson to name just a few. Tours are available with very knowledgeable guides by calling 256-381-0801.

Lots of gold was mined at the FAME Studios.
Lots of gold was mined at the FAME Studios.
The action section of FAME during a guided tour.
The action section of FAME during a guided tour.

In 1969 Rick Hall’s House band, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section left FAME and partnered with Jerry Wexler to found the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio at 3614 Jackson Highway in Sheffield, , AL. The studio owned by Jimmy Johnson, David Hood, Roger Hawkins, and Barry Beckett cranked out hits on the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Traffic, Rod Stewart, Cat Stevens, the Staple Singers, Levon Helm, Joe Cocker and a whole bunch more. The Rhythm section was eventually immortalized as “the Swampers” by Lynyrd ┬áSkynyrd in the lyrics to “Sweet Home Alabama.” Call Bonnie for tour information at 256-394-3562

Peace love and music the Cher generation!
Peace love and music the Cher generation!
The sound mechanics and full scale detail hub of record making.
The sound mechanics and full scale detail hub of record making.