Who recorded at muscle shoals sound studio

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Muscle Shoals Sound Studio: How the Swampers Changed American Music by Carla Jean Whitley

An estimated four hundred gold records have been recorded in the Muscle Shoals area. Many of those are thanks to Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, dubbed the Swampers. Some of the greatest names in rock, R&B and blues laid tracks in the original, iconic concrete-block building--the likes of Cher, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Rolling Stones and the Black Keys. The National Register of Historic Places now recognizes that building, where Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded the original version of Free Bird and the Rolling Stones wrote Brown Sugar and Wild Horses. By combing through decades of articles and music reviews related to Muscle Shoals Sound, music writer Carla Jean Whitley reconstructs the fascinating history of how the Alabama studio created a sound that reverberates across generations.
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Jimmy Johnson at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio talking History of Muscle Shoals recording

50 years of Muscle Shoals music in 15 songs

Back in a tumultuous time in American history, a tiny Southern recording studio became a bastion of harmony. The studio first opened above a drug store and a pawn shop in its titular Southern town. Thanks to its success, the studio was able to take the proceeds and move from Florence to a former tobacco warehouse in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Here are the 10 most popular albums ever cut there, according to the Discogs community. Pickett was on fire in those days; The Sound of Wilson Pickett is one of three albums he issued in Pickett would record some of his biggest hits in that converted warehouse, including his classic reading of Funky Broadway , featured on this disc.

To the casual observer, Muscle Shoals is just a quiet Alabama town, surrounded by verdant countryside and bordered by the vast Tennessee River. Men and birds alike fish in the river, as the sun beats down on the swampland where alligators wait. Legend told of a woman who lived in the river and sang songs that protected her people. In , Wilson Dam was completed, destroying the hazardous shoals that gave the new town and its neighbourhood its name. Life in Muscle Shoals is slow it can feel as though time has stood still there. Helen Keller was another local. Everything from Muscle Shoals comes back to the water that sang.

The group closed the Jackson Highway studio in , moving the operation to Alabama Avenue. This group completed a major restoration and the location reopened on January 9, The concrete block building at Jackson Highway in Sheffield was built around and was previously a coffin show room. Cher's sixth album was titled Jackson Highway and this became the informal name for the studio in The studio at this location closed in , and the recording facility was moved to new premises at Alabama Avenue. The Jackson Highway building had been partly restored and open for tours in when the documentary Muscle Shoals raised public interest in a major restoration of the studio.


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  3. Mitzie84 says:

    Muscle Shoals Sound Studio at Jackson Highway in Sheffield, Alabama was formed in by four session.

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