"I wanted to be special. I wanted to be somebody." RIP Rick Hall
January 2, 2018 5:03 PM   Subscribe

Rick Hall, Producer And Songwriter Who Put Muscle Shoals On The Map, Dead At 85 Rick Hall, a songwriter and record producer known as the "Father of Muscle Shoals Music," died today at his home in Muscle Shoals, Ala. after a protracted illness.

The Guardian Alabama 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.

Rolling Stone Hall's Grammy-winning production touched nearly every genre of popular music from country to R&B, and his Fame Studio and publishing company were a breeding ground for future legends in the worlds of songwriting and session work, as well as a recording home to some of the greatest musicians and recording artists of all time, including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Wilson Pickett and many more. To date, the studio and its publishing company have been responsible for an estimated 350 million record sales, with songs by everyone from the Beatles to George Strait.

Wikipedia Roe Erister "Rick" Hall (January 31, 1932 – January 2, 2018)

Muscle Shoals Documentary Magnolia Pictures

YouTube 50 Years of FAME and the Muscle Shoals Sound
posted by pjsky (15 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
posted by valkane at 5:22 PM on January 2

The documentary, like the music recorded there, is amazing.
posted by freakazoid at 5:38 PM on January 2

posted by dfm500 at 6:25 PM on January 2

In Muscle Shoals they got the Swampers
And they’ve been know to pick a song or two....

Rick Hall playlist tonight.
posted by grimjeer at 7:20 PM on January 2

posted by sourcequench at 7:46 PM on January 2

RIP Rick, for a job well done. "[It] hasn’t even reopened following an extensive renovation, yet it’s already being named Alabama’s No. 1 tourist stop of 2017. The Alabama Tourism Department has selected Muscle Shoals Sound Studio as the state’s top attraction of the New Year.” Tours begin again a week from today.
posted by LeLiLo at 7:46 PM on January 2

I was enjoying that 50 years of FAME until about 7 minutes in, and then holy cow - cross over 90s country is the worst shit in the history of the world!

...but thank you so much for everything before that.
posted by bonobothegreat at 7:50 PM on January 2 [3 favorites]

Tours begin again a week from today...

Gaah. This is 2018, I just realized. The tours started again 51 weeks ago. (And I for one am glad 2017 now is over with.)

p.s. I agree with freakazoid; the Muscle Shoals documentary is well worth watching.
posted by LeLiLo at 8:05 PM on January 2


and another yes to the Muscle Shoals documrntary.
posted by bjgeiger at 9:37 PM on January 2

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace.
posted by ob1quixote at 10:25 PM on January 2

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posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner at 3:59 AM on January 3

posted by eclectist at 8:13 AM on January 3

Just heard about this from Manos on WCBN... "I Aint Never Loved A Man" playing now.

I can't really imagine late twentieth century radio without the Muscle Shoals sound.

posted by Sheydem-tants at 4:26 AM on January 4

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