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Rick Hall made music history when he founded FAME Recording Studios, the first professional recording studio in the entire state of Alabama. After producing and engineering the area's first national hit on Arthur Alexander's Southern soul classic "You Better Move On", Rick went on to earn international fame and eventually a Grammy for a lifetime of achievements.
In the days when Martin Luther King, Jr. was marching for freedom, Rick proved to be a civil rights pioneer through his music. His records helped introduce white audiences to the black music market and black audiences to the white music market.
From the moment "You Better Move On" hit the charts, record executives literally flocked to Muscle Shoals for Rick to produce and engineer a mind-boggling array of major artists, from Aretha Franklin to Bobbie Gentry, from the Osmonds to Alabama. His astonishing production abilities were matched by his incredible versatility.
Music fans, history buffs, and others delight to these fascinating tales of how Rick Hall launched the music careers of so many famous artists.
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By Holly on 11-16-15
It is just amazing how many incredible songs were produced by Rick Hall and recorded at Fame Studio. I watched the Man from Muscle Shoals documentary when it was on Netflix and wanted to learn more about Rick Hall. His story is incredible - a true rags to riches story that influenced some of the greatest music in American history.
Rick Hall reads the first chapter (I think it was actually recorded at Fame Studio, too). It was really neat to hear him read that part of his story, but the narrator for the rest of the book - Jeremy Arthur - was really great, too.
I recommend this book to anyone who cares about music, the music industry, or just enjoys a good biography.
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By Lorelai on 06-26-18
Found this after watching the Muscle Shoals movie. Some people are just natural born storytellers - Rick Hall is one of them. Such an inspiring story, and so interesting! There was one point where he gives a short explanation about slaughtering a hog, which is definitely not my cup of tea. But even that was interesting! The narrator was wonderful as well. Highly recommend - by far the best audio book I’ve ever listened to.