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Making Music

Fri, Jan 19, 2018   2:00 PM


When Rick Hall passed away on Jan. 2 at the age of 85, he left behind a legacy rarely rivaled throughout the history of recorded music.

Considered the father of the "Muscle Shoals sound," Hall opened the second incarnation of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in the early 1960s, after a split with his business partners.

It was here that he was to make his mark, igniting the careers of Etta James, Duane Allman, Aretha Franklin and countless others with his groundbreaking production techniques that changed the way records were made.

Though the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (also known as The Swampers) opened their own studio in 1968, it is the early recordings Hall made that remain the foundation for dance music of all stripes.

In this episode of "Making Music" guest host Jesse Lent, whose own show "TrumpWatch" airs Wednesday nights at 6:30pm on WBAI, will revisit the early musical legacy of FAME Studios that will insure Hall's immortality.

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The backing musicians for Etta James in between takes at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama