Record producer Rick Hall, who recorded some of the biggest musical acts of the 1960s and '70s and helped develop the fabled "Muscle Shoals sound," has died.
Hall died at his home Tuesday following a fight with cancer, He was 85.
Hall founded FAME Recording Studios in northwestern Alabama in 1959 and went on to record major acts including R&B stars Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett. Hall also recorded country artists including George Jones and Brenda Lee and produced pop acts including Paul Anka and The Osmonds.
A new generation of listeners know Hall through the 2013 documentary "Muscle Shoals." The movie tells the story of Hall, the region's musicians and their distinctive, soulful sound featuring heavy bass, guitar and electronic organ or piano.
Roe Erister "Rick" Hall was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1985 and also received the John Herbert Orr Pioneer Award In 2014, he won the Grammy Trustees Award in recognition of his lengthy career. Hall remained active in the music industry with FAME Studios, FAME Records, and FAME Publishing.
Because of the reputation for greatness Hall had established, many artists wanted to record at Muscle Shoals through the years among them Rod, Duane Allman, Etta James, and the Osmonds and more recently pop-R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys, alt-country group Drive-By Truckers and avant-bluegrass band the SteelDrivers and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Jason Isbell. and the photo above of Rod recording his album Atlantic Crossing was sent to us last year by Lynne Jackaman who spotted the picture while recording her highly anticipated new album that will be released this year.
Photo Lynne Jackaman