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Who's to fame? A tribute to Rick Hall (Muscle Shoals)

Who's to fame? A tribute to Rick Hall (Muscle Shoals)

Playing tracks by

The Fame Gang, Clyde McPhatter, Jimmy Hughes, Barbara Perry, Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces and more.

Here's putting the spotlight on Rick Hall, founder of FAME records. It all started around 1960 in a tiny studio above the Florence Drug Store in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. FAME stands for Florence Alabama Music Enterprises. Producer and songwriter Hall had a very precise idea of how his label should sound like and artists such as Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, Etta James and Otis Redding came to Alabama to record with his fantastic studio musicians. I picked just 15 pieces with mostly lesser known artists out of 75 tracks, that you should get from KENTBOX 12, The Fame Studios Story • 1961-1973. A 84 paneled booklet with stunning photos and well researched articles make the 3CD box a real collectors item. One of the finest products and most dedicated re-issues I've ever seen.

(pictured: Otis Redding with Rick Hall)



Wonderful!Wonderful!Wonderful! This made a bad day good, a good day better, and a better day spectacular!

Jaime Tantric

stunning selection!!!!......Im love with Jimmy Hughes!!!:...

The Soul Preacher

1. Grits And Gravy by The Fame Gang
2. A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues by Clyde McPhatter
3. Steal Away by Jimmy Hughes
4. A Man Is A Mean, Mean Thing (Alt) by Barbara Perry
5. Searching For My Love by Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces
6. You Left The Water Running [unedited] by Otis Redding
7. Thread The Needle [Demo] by Clarence & Calvin
8. As Long As I Got You by Laura Lee
9. Find 'em, Fool 'em And Forget 'em by George Jackson
10. Greenwood, Mississippi by Little Richard
11. What Color Is Love by Roscoe Robinson
12. Get Involved by George Soulé
13. Bring It On Home To Me by Lou Rawls
14. Put On Your Shoes And Walk by Clarence Carter
15. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man by Otis Clay


Grits and gravy!


GREAT SET...really enjoyed! ;)

Jas Bhabra

A BRILLIANT SET OF TRACKS – every one a winner. Love that Laura Lee track!
These tunes have driving and infectious beats, rich and raw deep heartfelt vocals. Combined beautifully to produce sublime records that are timeless. I will definitely purchase that boxset – thanks for the info. Great suff. Cheers Jas :)
A few for you that I really dig: – Etta James (Tell Mama) – Clarence Carter (Slip Away) – One Bad Apple (Osmonds) – Spencer Wiggins (I’d Rather Go Blind) – Maurice & Mac (Why Don’t You Try me)

The Soul Preacher

Good choice Jas! ALL of the five are included into KENTBOX 12!

Jas Bhabra

Nice one! Look forward to adding this boxset to my collection - Cheers Jas :)


Great stuff! Peace and SOUL... HSB

The Soul Preacher

BTW, the Fame Gang are: Mickey Buckins, Ronnie Eades, Harrison Calloway, Junior Lowe, Jesse Boyce, Freeman Brown, Aaron Varnell.

Steve Raglin

Glad to hear this... and, of course, everyone should check PBS for the next showing of their Independent Lens documentary on Rick Hall which premiered recently. It was excellent!