Muscle Shoals, Alabama

FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals (photograph by Carol M. Highsmith)

Largest city in Colbert County, Alabama, United States.

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FAME Recording Studios in 2010

FAME Studios

FAME Recording Studios in 2010
Rick Hall at FAME Studios in 2010

FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Studios is a recording studio located at 603 East Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, an area of northern Alabama known as the Shoals.

Florence, Alabama

City in, and the county seat of, Lauderdale County, Alabama, United States, in the state's northwestern corner.

City in, and the county seat of, Lauderdale County, Alabama, United States, in the state's northwestern corner.

Adolph Metzner drawing of the "female college" in Florence
Harrison Plaza, University of North Alabama
Aerial view of Florence
O'Neal Bridge over the Tennessee River

Florence is the largest and principal city of the Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Statistical Area commonly known as "The Shoals" (which also includes the cities of Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia in Colbert County).

3614 Jackson Highway September 2007

Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section

3614 Jackson Highway September 2007
Muscle Shoals Sound - New Location

The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section is a group of American session musicians based in the northern Alabama town of Muscle Shoals.

Original studios at 3614 Jackson Highway, Sheffield

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

American recording studio in Sheffield, Alabama, formed in 1969 by four session musicians known as The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

American recording studio in Sheffield, Alabama, formed in 1969 by four session musicians known as The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

Original studios at 3614 Jackson Highway, Sheffield
1979-2005 location, 1000 Alabama Avenue in Sheffield, Alabama (34.77°N, -87.7067°W)
The 1979-2005 location, now the home of Cypress Moon Studios

They had left nearby FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals to create their own recording facility.

Hall at FAME Recording Studios, 2010

Rick Hall

Hall at FAME Recording Studios, 2010

Roe Erister "Rick" Hall (January 31, 1932 – January 2, 2018) was an American record producer, songwriter, and musician who became known as the owner of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Colbert County Courthouse Square District Historic Marker, September 2007

Colbert County, Alabama

County located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Alabama.

County located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Alabama.

Colbert County Courthouse Square District Historic Marker, September 2007

The largest city is Muscle Shoals.

Muscle Shoals Theatrical Poster

Muscle Shoals (film)

Muscle Shoals Theatrical Poster

Muscle Shoals (2013) is an American documentary film about FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

Franklin in 1968

Aretha Franklin

American singer, songwriter and pianist.

American singer, songwriter and pianist.

Franklin in 1968
Franklin's birthplace, 406 Lucy Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee
Franklin in 1967
Franklin in 1998
Franklin performing in April 2007 at the Nokia Theater in Dallas, Texas
Franklin performs in the East Room of the White House in 2015
Franklin waiting to perform at the White House, in 2015
Franklin and William Wilkerson at the 2011 US Open
Franklin wipes a tear after being given the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 9, 2005, at the White House. She is seated between fellow recipients Robert Conquest (left) and Alan Greenspan

In January 1967, Franklin traveled to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, to record at FAME Studios and recorded the song "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", backed by the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

Location of The Shoals

Florence–Muscle Shoals metropolitan area

Location of The Shoals

The Florence-Muscle Shoals Metropolitan Area, commonly known as The Shoals, is a metropolitan statistical area in northwestern Alabama including the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Tuscumbia, and Sheffield, and the counties of Lauderdale and Colbert.

Session musician Hal Blaine (pictured in 1995) is widely regarded as one of the most prolific drummers in rock and roll history, having "certainly played on more hit records than any drummer in the rock era".

Jimmy Johnson (session guitarist)

American session guitarist and record producer.

American session guitarist and record producer.

Session musician Hal Blaine (pictured in 1995) is widely regarded as one of the most prolific drummers in rock and roll history, having "certainly played on more hit records than any drummer in the rock era".

Johnson was a member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section who was attached to FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, for a period in the 1960s.