Rick Hall, Producer And Songwriter Who Put Muscle Shoals On The Map, Dead At 85

The producer recorded with some of the century's greatest — including Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Otis Redding — as well as helped the nascent career of a young Allman brother.
Rick Hall in his office at FAME Studios in 1968 in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Source: House Of Fame LLC

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 news was first reported by the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and later confirmed by Judy Hood, chairperson for the Muscle Shoals Music Association and wife of David Hood, a bassist who had worked alongside Hall for decades. He was 85.

Through FAME, his publishing company and studio, Hall made Muscle Shoals synonymous with a sound

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