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Muscle Shoals Music Community

This collection features images from a diverse group of artists who have two things in common, they are exceptionally talented and they have played or recorded in the Shoals. Take a look and see if you recognize anyone!

Joan Baez

Joan Baez recorded her album Honest Lullaby at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in November 1978. The album was produced by Barry Beckett and featured musicians such as David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Pete Carr, Roger Hawkins and Larry Byrom. These documents were collected, preserved by and are now the property of Dick Cooper.

Billy Burnette

Billy Burnette recorded in Muscle Shoals in April 1981. His Gimme You album produced by Barry Beckett featured musicians Philip Donnelly, Wayne Perkins, Ronnie Eades, Harvey Thompson and Phillip Humphrey among others. These documents were collected, preserved by and are now the property of Dick Cooper.

Beth Nielson Chapman

The Beth Nielson Chapman recording session took place in January 1980. Some of the musicians who played on this project were Barry Beckett, Randy McCormick, David Perkins, Mickey Buckins, Jim Horn, Mac McAnally and Lenny LeBlanc. These documents were collected, preserved by and are now the property of Dick Cooper.


Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan recorded two albums at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Slow Train Coming in April 1979 and Saved February 1989. Slow Train Coming was produced by Barry Beckett and Jerry Wexler and featured musicians Pick Withers, Tim Drummond, Mark Knopfler and the Muscle Shoals Horns. Saved featured Spooner Oldham, Jim Keltner, Fred Tackett, Mona Liza Young, Regina Davis, and Clydie King among others. These documents were collected, preserved by and are now the property of Dick Cooper.

James Govan

James Govan recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound in February 1983. The song Uphill Climb was produced by David Johnson and Barry Beckett.

Levon Helm

Levon Helm recorded his self-titled album at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in July of 1981. Some of the musicians featured on this album were Duncan Cameron, Earnie Cate, Harrison Calloway, Charles Rose and Jimmy Johnson.

Etta James

Etta James recorded in March 1992 at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. The Right Time album featured vocals by Steve Winwood. Some of the featured musicians who worked on this album were Clayton Ivy, Lucky Peterson, Frankie Crawford, Steve Ferrone, Steve Cropper, Jelly Roll Johnson, Tom Roady, and Will McFarlane. This album was produced by Jerry Wexler.


Delbert McClinton

Delbert McClinton recorded two albums at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. He recorded Plain' from the Heart in August 1981 and The Jealous Kind in 1980.Featured musicians on the Plain' from the Heart album were Billy Sanders, John Jarvis, Reese Wynan, Robert Harwell and Ben Conley. Ava Aldridge and Cindy Richardson added back-up vocals. Featured musicians on The Jealous Kind album were Mary Beth McLemore, Bob Krusen and Jimmy Johnson, with background vocals by Bonnie Bramlett.

McGuinn-Hillman

Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman recorded in June 1980 at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. These two members of the pop group The Byrds ventured out on their own to cut the McGuinn-Hillman album produced by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett. Featured musicians on this album were John Sambataro, Scott Kirkpatrick, and Joe Lala.

Frankie Miller

Frankie Miller recorded his Standing on the Edge album in January 1982. This album was engineered by Greg Hamm and Mary Beth McLemore.

Peter Pringle

Peter Pringle recorded Fantasies, one of his few albums, at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in August 1983. Some of the featured musicians were Steve Nathan, Kenny Mims, Robert Byrne, and Hershey Reeves.


Russell Smith

Russell Smith recorded his self-titled album at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio from October to December 1981. Pete Carr, Joe Osborn, Larrie Londin, Tom Roady, and James Hooker were some of the featured musicians on this album.

John Prine

John Prine recorded his Storm Windows album in April 1980 at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Some of the featured musicians on this album were John Burns, Leo LaBlanc, Bob Hoban, and Tom Piekarski.

Lenny LeBlanc

Lenny LeBlanc recorded his Breakthrough album at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in 1981. Mac McAnally, Bob Wray, Randy McCormick, and Jimmy Johnson were musicians featured on this album.

Santana

Carlos Santana's album, Havana Moon, was produced by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett in July 1983. Some of the personnel involved in this production were Jimmie Vaughan, Kim Wilson, Keith Ferguson, and Fran Christina.


Southside Johnny

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes recorded the album, The Jukes, in May 1979. Steve Becker, Kevin Kavanaugh, Al Berger, Joel Gramolini, and John Lyon were some of the musicians who performed on this project.

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples recorded Oh What a Feeling at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in November 1978. Harvey Thompson and the Muscle Shoals Horns, as well as other musicians, performed on this album.

Dire Straits

Dire Straits recorded their album Communique' at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in 1979. This album was produced by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett. All songs were written by Mark Knopfler.

Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor came to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in 1979 to record her It's in There album. Some of the musicians featured on this project were Barry Beckett, David Hood, Randy McCormick, Roger Hawkins, Alex Taylor, and Hugh Taylor.


Jerry Jeff Walker

Jerry Jeff Walker recorded his Reunion album at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio from the later part of 1980 to April 1981. Musicians credited on this album are Bobby Rambo, Mickey Buckins, Tomas Ramirez, Bonnie Bramlett, and Willie Nelson.

Steve Bassett

Steve Bassett recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in December 1982. Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett produced this project. Marcy Levy, Ava Aldridge, Bonnie Galley, Pamela Wolfe, and The Southernaires provided back-up vocals.

Muscle Shoals Sound - Capitol Records

Muscle Shoals Sound was promoted by Capitol Records in the mid 1970s to the 1980s. Some of the artists recording under this auspice were The Oak Ridge Boys, Jackson Highway, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Muscle Shoals Singers, and Muscle Shoals Musicians.

Billy Vera

Billy Vera recorded his self-titled album in 1982. This album was produced by Jerry Wexler and Jimmy Johnson. Tracks recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound were engineered by Steve Melton and Mary Beth McLemore.


Drive-By Truckers

The Drive-By Truckers are an indie band with strong ties to Muscle Shoals and a definitive connection with North Alabama. These images are from their tour of the western United States in 1981.

W.C.Handy

W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues, was born in Florence, Alabama on November 16, 1873. He wrote more than 150 secular and sacred musical compositions and continued writing, even after he lost his eyesight, until his death in 1958. The Shoals is proud to claim him as one of our own.

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