ALABAMA-- Fort Payne, Alabama
-27 number one singles during the 1980's
-Named "Country Music Artist of the Decade" in the 1980s
-Famous for such songs as "Mountain Music," "High Cotton," and "My Home's In Alabama"
AVA ALDRIDGE Sheffield, Alabama
-Talented songwriter and vocalist,
-Background vocalist on recordings by Hank Williams, Jr., Crystal Gayle, Mac Davis, Wilson Pickett,
Joan Baez, Percy Sledge, Roy Clark, Ronnie Milsap, Delbert McClinton, Amy Grant and many more.
-As a songwriter she had over 150 of her songs recorded.
WALT ALDRIDGE Florence, Alabama
-A songwriter, singer, musician, engineer and producer
-Billboard magazine named Aldridge one of the Top Ten Country Songwriters of the year in 1989 and 1991
-Writer of #1 songs by Rickey Van Shelton "I Am A Simple Man" and Ronnie Milsap "There's No Gettin' Over Me"
ARTHUR ALEXANDER Sheffield, Alabama
-Wrote & recorded the 1st hit for FAME Studio,"You Better Move On"
-Career was the cornerstone of the "Muscle Shoals Sound"
-His style influenced Beatles, Rolling Stones, Percy Sledge, and many others.
ERNIE ASHWORTH Huntsville, Alabama
-Famous for "Talk Back Trembling Lips"
-Joined Grand Ole Opry in 1964
HERMAN AUTREY Evergreen, Alabama
-Trumpet player with Fats Waller 1930's
-Toured Europe with Saints & Sinners during the 1960's
Achiever Style Instrument Worked With Date Of Birth Date Of Death Place Of Birth Home Abner, Buford Country, Gospel Bass, Tenor Vocals Swanee River Boys 1917 Lineville, AL Abner, Merle Country, Gospel Bass Vocals Swanee River Boys 1913 Wedowee, AL Abrams, Hooper T. Jazz, R&B Trumpet Isaac Hayes Birmingham, AL Adair Family Bluegrass Group Haleyville, AL Adams House Cat Rock Group Patterson Hood Florence, AL Adams, Frank E. Jazz Saxophone Duke Ellington Birmingham, AL Adams, Frank Jr. Jazz Clarinet Alabama School of Fine Arts Birmingham, AL Adams, Jo Jo Dr. Blues Adkins, John Rainey Rock Guitar Roy Orbison, B.J. Thomas 12/31/41 Dothan, AL Aeolians A Cappella Group Oakwood College Huntsville, AL Agee, Ray R&B Vocals aka Raymond Clinton 4/10/30 1990 Dixons Mill, AL Aikens, Cornelius Jazz Saxophone Alabama Country, Pop, Rock Group 1977 Fort Payne, AL Alabama Shakes R&B, Rock Group Athens, AL Alabama Symphony Orchestra Classical Group Alabamians Jazz Group Birmingham, AL Alan, Buddy Country Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter 5/23/48 Phoenix, AL Aldridge, Ava Pop, Country, Rock Background Vocals, Writer MSS Studio, Fame Studio Sheffield, AL Aldridge, Roy Country Writer 11/20/28 Oil City, LA Sheffield, AL Aldridge, Walt Country, Pop, Rock Guitar, Producer, Writer Ronnie Milsap Florence, AL Alexander, Arthur Rock, Soul, R&B Vocals, Songwriter 5/10/40 6/9/93 Florence, AL Sheffield, AL Alexander, Joseph (Big Joe) Jazz Tenor Saxophone Erskine Hawkins, Count Basie Birmingham, AL Alexander, Sir Nature R&B Vocals aka Everett Kimbrough, Prince Citronelle, AL Allen, James Gospel Dunham Jubilee Singers 1901 Mobile, AL Allen, Leonard R&B US Records Owner 3/21/00 Montgomery, AL Allen, Leroy Jazz Piano Birmingham, AL Alsbrooks, Billy Country, R&B, Pop, Rock Dan Penn, MSS Studios & Fame Studio Russellville, AL Amerson, Rich Blues Vocals, Harmonica 1887 Livingston, AL Anderson, Chris Classical, Opera Piano, Vocals Boston Lyric Opera Company Sheffield, AL Anderson, Donna Pop, Rock Background Vocals Wet Willie Mobile, AL Anderson, John H. Jazz, Blues Trumpet Nat King Cole, Count Basie 1/31/21 8/18/74 Birmingham, AL Anderson, Wilson (Stutz) Jazz Piano Louis Armstrong 1881 Tuscumbia, AL Andrews, Andy Country Comedian 5/22/59 Birmingham, AL Andrews, Henry Herz Composer Andrews, Inez Gospel Vocals Caravans 1928 Birmingham, AL Anglin Brothers Country Group Red, Jim, Jack Anglin Athens, AL Anglin, Jack Country Vocals, Guitar, Songwrite Anglin Brothers 5/13/16 3/8/63 Franklin, TN Athens, AL Anglin, Jim Country Vocals, Bass, Songwriter Anglin Brothers 3/23/13 1/21/87 Franklin, TN Athens, AL Anglin, Van Buren (Red) Country Vocals Anglin Brothers 4/20/10 1975 Franklin, TN Athens, AL Anthony, John David Rock, Folk Keyboards, Producer Wet Willie 5/18/51 Mobile, AL Apathy Rock Group Dothan, AL Appointed Gospel Group Cullman, AL Armstrong, Francis (Tippy) Rock, Blues, Country Guitar Bobby Womack 1947 6/9/79 Tuscaloosa, AL Muscle Shoals, AL Armstrong, William R-B Songwriter Slip Away AL Arrington, Hardy Jazz Trombonist Fess Whatley Birmingham, AL Arrington, Richard Jazz Fess Whatley Birmingham, AL Arthur, Theodore R&B, Blues Saxophone Bobby Bland, Johnnie Taylor 1946 Mobile, AL Ashwander, Donald Jazz, Ragtime Keyboards, Composer The Paper Bag Players 1929 10/26/94 Mobile, AL Ashworth, Ernie Country, Trad., Honky Tonk Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter Grand Ole Opry 12/15/28 Huntsville, AL Atcheson, Randall Classical Piano, Arranger Carnegie Hall 1952 Clanton, AL Atherton, James Opera Vocals Metropolitan Opera Montgomery, AL Atkins, Ben Rock, Country Vocals Toured with BJ Thomas 1943 Vernon, AL Atkins, Charles (Cholly) R-B Choregrapher 65-71 Motown 9/30/13 Pratt City, AL Atkins, Victor (Red) Jazz Piano AL Jazz Hall of Fame - 1998 Selma, AL Atlanta Rhythm Section Rock, Pop Group Atwood, Tommy Gospel Songwriter Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame - 1999 Whynot, MS Satsuma, AL Austin, Brad Country Vocals, Guitar aka Brad Viall 8/29/69 Colbert Heights, AL Austin, C.P. Black Folk Vocals Autrey, Herman Jazz Trumpet Fats Waller 12/4/04 6/14/80 Evergreen, AL Averytt, Fred Jazz Saxophone, Bandleader Fred Averytt and His Dream Band Birmingham, AL
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