Fame Studios

603 Avalon Ave., Muscle Shoals, AL

Tours offered Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Admission is charged.

FAME, established in 1959, was the first successful professional recording studio in Alabama and is the birthplace of the famous Muscle Shoals Sound. Studio owner/producer Rick Hall used proceeds from Arthur Alexander’s 1961 hit “You Better Move On” to open the studio at its present location. The talents of the studio’s Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (popularly known as the Swampers) and the Muscle Shoals Horns attracted musical artists of all genres. Rhythm and blues classics recorded by Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Otis Redding, Etta James and others drew world-wide attention to FAME. Pop artists Liza Minelli, Tom Jones, Little Richard and the Osmonds brought their talents to Hall, who also produced some of the nation’s best country artists, including Shenandoah, Mac Davis, Jerry Reid and Darryl Worley. During the studio’s half-century history, releases from FAME have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide. The legacy continues today with recordings of the best new pop, rock and country music, including Dylan LeBlanc, Band of Horses, Angela Hacker, Jason Isbell, Drive-by Truckers, Jamey Johnson, Gary Nichols and Ugli Stick.


Rick Hall (1959- )
• Tom Stafford (1959-1960)
• Billy Sherrill (1959-1960)
Rodney Hall (1990-present)

• Rick Hall
• Tom Stafford
• Billy Sherrill
• Arthur Alexander
• Quin Ivy
• Dan Penn
• Donnie Fritts
Spooner Oldham
• Terry Thompson
• Tommy Brasfield
Walt Aldridge
Gary Baker
Jimmy Nutt

FAME Rhythm Section 1:
• Terry Thompson (guitar, 1963-1965)
Norbert Putnam (bass, 1963-1965)
David Briggs (keyboards, 1963-1965)
• Jerry Carrigan (drums, 1963-1965)

FAME Rhythm Section 2:
• Junior Lowe (guitar and bass, 1965-1969)
• Spooner Oldham (keyboards, 1965-1967)
Jimmy Johnson (guitar, 1965-1969)
• Roger Hawkins (drums, 1965-1969)
• Barry Beckett (keyboards, 1967-1969)
David Hood (bass, 1967-1969)

Fame Gang:
• Junior Lowe (guitar)
• Jesse Boyce (bass)
• Clayton Ivey (keyboards)
• Freeman Brown (drums)
• Harrison Calloway, Jr. (trumpet)
Harvey Thompson (saxophone)
• Ronnie Eades (saxophone)
• Charles Rose (trombone)

• Mickey Buckins (arranger)

Other Musicians:
• Marlin Greene (guitar and trumpet)
Peanutt Montgomery (guitar)
• Travis Wammack (guitar)
• Chips Moman (guitar)
• Pete Carr (guitar)
• Duane Allman (guitar)
• Eddie Hinton (guitar)
• Paul Hornsby (guitar)
Bob Wray (bass)
• Aaron Varnell (trombone)


• Arthur Alexander, “You Better Move On”
• Arthur Alexander, “A Shot of Rhythm and Blues”

• Jimmy Hughes, “I’m Qualified”

• Tommy Roe, “Everybody”
• The Tams, “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am”
• Jimmy Hughes, “Steal Away”

• Joe Tex, “Hold What You’ve Got”

• Wilson Pickett, “Land of 1,000 Dances”
• Wilson Pickett, “Mustang Sally”
• Jimmy Hughes, “Neighbor, Neighbor”
• Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces, “Searching for My Love”

• Arthur Conley, “Sweet Soul Music”
• Otis Redding, “You Left the Water Running”

• Aretha Franklin, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)”
• Aretha Franklin, “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”

• Wilson Pickett, “Funky Broadway”

• Etta James, Tell Mama
• Etta James, “Tell Mama”
• Clarence Carter, “Slip Away”
• Clarence Carter, “Looking for a Fox”

• Wilson Pickett, “Hey Jude”
• Clarence Carter, Testifyin’
• Solomon Burke, Proud Mary

• Clarence Carter, “Patches”
• Wilson Pickett, “Sugar, Sugar”
• Bobbie Gentry, Fancy
• Bobbie Gentry, “Fancy”
• Candi Staton, “Stand By Your Man”
• The Osmonds, “One Bad Apple”

• Wilson Pickett, “Don’t Knock My Love”
• Wilson Pickett, “Fire and Water”
• The Osmonds, “Yo-Yo”
• Donny Osmond, “Sweet and Innocent”
• Donny Osmond, “Go Away Little Girl”
• Donny Osmond, “Hey Girl”

• Travis Wammack, Travis Wammack

• Paul Anka, “(You’re) Having My Baby”
• Paul Anka, “One Man Woman, One Woman Man”
• Candi Staton, Candi*
• Mac Davis, “Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me”
• Mac Davis, “Stop and Smell the Roses”
• Mac Davis, “One Hell of a Woman”

• Travis Wammack, Not for Sale
• Otis Rush, Mourning in the Morning

• Bill Haley and the Comets, Everyone Can Rock and Roll

• George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Together Again*

• Lenny LeBlanc, Breakthrough*
• Clarence Carter, In Person

• Jerry Reed, “She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)”
• Jerry Reed, “The Bird”
• Oak Ridge Boys, Bobbie Sue*

• Jerry Reed, Ready*

• Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Band, “Denver”

• T.G. Sheppard, “You're My First Lady”

• Shenandoah, “The Church on Cumberland Road”
• Shenandoah, “Mama Knows”