Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

3614 Jackson Hwy., Sheffield, AL
256-978-5151

Tours offered Monday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Admission is $12 per person, $10 per person for groups of over 20 people, and free for ages 6 and under.


The studio opened here in 1969 when the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (known as the Swampers) left FAME Recording Studios to start their own enterprise. The studio was the setting for Cher’s 1969 album titled 3614 Jackson Highway. The album’s cover featured Cher and her band standing in front of the studio building. This success was followed by a multitude of artists recording here including Leon Russell, Jimmy Cliff, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Millie Jackson, Willie Nelson, Boz Scaggs, Bobby Womack, Bonnie Bramlett, Wendy Waldman, Mary McGregor, Art Garfunkel, Peter Yarrow, Ronee Blakely and many others. In the late 1970s, the studio relocated to Alabama Avenue. In 2013, the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation bought the studio with plans to develop the site as a museum of Muscle Shoals music history. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Personnel

Owners:
Jimmy Johnson
David Hood
• Barry Beckett
• Roger Hawkins

Musicians:
• Jimmy Johnson (guitar)
• David Hood (bass)
• Barry Beckett (keyboards)
• Roger Hawkins (drums)

Other Musicians:
• Eddie Hinton (guitar)
• Duane Allman (guitar)
• Pete Carr (guitar)
Bob Wray (bass)


Discography

1969:
• Cher, 3614 Jackson Highway
• Boz Scaggs, Boz Scaggs
• R.B. Greaves, “Take a Letter Maria”
• R.B. Greaves, “Always Something There to Remind Me”

1970:
• Ronnie Hawkins, Ronnie Hawkins
• Lulu, New Routes
• Lulu, “Oh Me Oh My (I’m a Fool for You, Baby)”
• Herbie Mann, Muscle Shoals Nitty Gritty
• John Hammond, Southern Fried
• King Curtis, Get Ready*
• Mavis Staples, Only for the Lonely*

1971:
• The Rolling Stones, “Brown Sugar”
• The Rolling Stones, “Wild Horses”

• Leon Russell, Leon Russell and the Shelter People*
• Wilson Pickett, Don’t Knock My Love
• Albert King, Lovejoy
• Linda Ronstadt, Linda Ronstadt*
• Cowboy, 5’ll Getcha Ten*
• Jimmy Cliff, Another Cycle
• The Staple Singers, The Staple Swingers*
• The Staple Singers, “Heavy Makes You Happy”

1972:
• Boz Scaggs, My Time*
• J.J. Cale, Really*
• Jim Capaldi, Oh How We Danced
• Luther Ingram, (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right*
• Leon Russell, Carney*
• Leon Russell, “Tight Rope”
• Mel and Tim, “Starting All Over Again”
• Jimmy Cliff, “The Harder They Come”
• The Staple Singers, Be Altitude: Respect Yourself
• The Staple Singers, “Respect Yourself”
• The Staple Singers, “I’ll Take You There”
• Lynyrd Skynyrd, Skynyrd’s First: The Complete Muscle Shoals Album
• Ry Cooder, Boomer’s Story
• Wilson Pickett, “Mama Told Me Not to Come”

1973:
• Bob Seger, Back in ’72*
• Paul Simon, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon
• Paul Simon, “Kodachrome”
• Paul Simon, “Loves Me Like a Rock”
• Millie Jackson, It Hurts So Good*
• Millie Jackson, “It Hurts So Good”
• Johnnie Taylor, “I Believe in You”
• Bobby Womack, “Lookin’ for a Love”

1974:
• Candi Staton, Candi*
• Canned Heat, One More River to Cross
• Johnny Rivers, Road*
• Willie Nelson, Phases and Stages
• Wilson Pickett, Pickett in the Pocket*
• Donnie Fritts, Prone to Lean

1975:
• Rod Stewart, Atlantic Crossing*
• Rod Stewart, “Sailing”

• Simon and Garfunkel, “My Little Town”
• Bob Seger, Beautiful Loser
• Bob Seger, “Katmandu”
• Blackfoot, No Reservations
• Peter Yarrow, Love Songs

1976:
• Rod Stewart, A Night on the Town*
• Bob Seger, Night Moves*
• Bob Seger, “Night Moves”
• Bob Seger, “Mainstreet”
• Bonnie Bramlett, Lady’s Choice
• Cat Stevens, Izitso
• Mary MacGregor, “Torn Between Two Lovers”
• Dorothy Moore, “Misty Blue”
• Johnnie Taylor, Eargasm
• Johnnie Taylor, “Disco Lady”
• Blackfoot, Flyin’ High
• Kim Carnes, Sailin’
• Sanford and Townsend, “Smoke from a Distant Fire”

1977:
• Lynyrd Skynyrd, Street Survivors*
• LeBlanc and Carr, Midnight Light*

1978:
• Art Garfunkel, Watermark*
• Eddie Hinton, Very Extremely Dangerous
• Pete Carr, Multiple Flash
• Dr. Hook, “When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman”
• Dr. Hook, “Sharing the Night Together”

2010:
• The Black Keys, Brothers*