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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

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AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Abner, BufordCountry, GospelBass, Tenor VocalsSwanee River Boys1917Lineville, AL
Abner, MerleCountry, GospelBass VocalsSwanee River Boys1913Wedowee, AL
Abrams, Hooper T.Jazz, R&BTrumpetIsaac HayesBirmingham, AL
Adair FamilyBluegrassGroupHaleyville, AL
Adams House CatRockGroupPatterson HoodFlorence, AL
Adams, Frank E.JazzSaxophoneDuke EllingtonBirmingham, AL
Adams, Frank Jr.JazzClarinetAlabama School of Fine ArtsBirmingham, AL
Adams, Jo Jo Dr.Blues
Adkins, John RaineyRockGuitarRoy Orbison, B.J. Thomas12/31/41Dothan, AL
AeoliansA CappellaGroupOakwood CollegeHuntsville, AL
Agee, RayR&BVocalsaka Raymond Clinton4/10/301990Dixons Mill, AL
Aikens, CorneliusJazzSaxophone
AlabamaCountry, Pop, RockGroup1977Fort Payne, AL
Alabama ShakesR&B, RockGroupAthens, AL
Alabama Symphony OrchestraClassicalGroup
AlabamiansJazzGroupBirmingham, AL
Alan, BuddyCountryVocals, Guitar, Songwriter5/23/48Phoenix, AL
Aldridge, AvaPop, Country, RockBackground Vocals, WriterMSS Studio, Fame StudioSheffield, AL
Aldridge, RoyCountryWriter11/20/28Oil City, LASheffield, AL
Aldridge, WaltCountry, Pop, RockGuitar, Producer, WriterRonnie MilsapFlorence, AL
Alexander, ArthurRock, Soul, R&BVocals, Songwriter5/10/406/9/93Florence, ALSheffield, AL
Alexander, Joseph (Big Joe)JazzTenor SaxophoneErskine Hawkins, Count BasieBirmingham, AL
Alexander, Sir NatureR&BVocalsaka Everett Kimbrough, PrinceCitronelle, AL
Allen, JamesGospelDunham Jubilee Singers1901Mobile, AL
Allen, LeonardR&BUS Records Owner3/21/00Montgomery, AL
Allen, LeroyJazzPianoBirmingham, AL
Alsbrooks, BillyCountry, R&B, Pop, RockDan Penn, MSS Studios & Fame StudioRussellville, AL
Amerson, RichBluesVocals, Harmonica1887Livingston, AL
Anderson, ChrisClassical, OperaPiano, VocalsBoston Lyric Opera CompanySheffield, AL
Anderson, DonnaPop, RockBackground VocalsWet WillieMobile, AL
Anderson, John H.Jazz, BluesTrumpetNat King Cole, Count Basie1/31/218/18/74Birmingham, AL
Anderson, Wilson (Stutz)JazzPianoLouis Armstrong1881Tuscumbia, AL
Andrews, AndyCountryComedian5/22/59Birmingham, AL
Andrews, Henry HerzComposer
Andrews, InezGospelVocalsCaravans1928Birmingham, AL
Anglin BrothersCountryGroupRed, Jim, Jack AnglinAthens, AL
Anglin, JackCountryVocals, Guitar, SongwriteAnglin Brothers5/13/163/8/63Franklin, TNAthens, AL
Anglin, JimCountryVocals, Bass, SongwriterAnglin Brothers3/23/131/21/87Franklin, TNAthens, AL
Anglin, Van Buren (Red)CountryVocalsAnglin Brothers4/20/101975Franklin, TNAthens, AL
Anthony, John DavidRock, FolkKeyboards, ProducerWet Willie5/18/51Mobile, AL
ApathyRockGroupDothan, AL
AppointedGospelGroupCullman, AL
Armstrong, Francis (Tippy)Rock, Blues, CountryGuitarBobby Womack19476/9/79Tuscaloosa, ALMuscle Shoals, AL
Armstrong, WilliamR-BSongwriterSlip AwayAL
Arrington, HardyJazzTrombonistFess WhatleyBirmingham, AL
Arrington, RichardJazzFess WhatleyBirmingham, AL
Arthur, TheodoreR&B, BluesSaxophoneBobby Bland, Johnnie Taylor1946Mobile, AL
Ashwander, DonaldJazz, RagtimeKeyboards, ComposerThe Paper Bag Players192910/26/94Mobile, AL
Ashworth, ErnieCountry, Trad., Honky TonkGuitar, Vocals, SongwriterGrand Ole Opry12/15/28Huntsville, AL
Atcheson, RandallClassicalPiano, ArrangerCarnegie Hall1952Clanton, AL
Atherton, JamesOperaVocalsMetropolitan OperaMontgomery, AL
Atkins, BenRock, CountryVocalsToured with BJ Thomas1943Vernon, AL
Atkins, Charles (Cholly)R-BChoregrapher 65-71Motown9/30/13Pratt City, AL
Atkins, Victor (Red)JazzPianoAL Jazz Hall of Fame - 1998Selma, AL
Atlanta Rhythm SectionRock, PopGroup
Atwood, TommyGospelSongwriterGospel Music Association Hall of Fame - 1999Whynot, MSSatsuma, AL
Austin, BradCountryVocals, Guitaraka Brad Viall8/29/69Colbert Heights, AL
Austin, C.P.Black FolkVocals
Autrey, HermanJazzTrumpetFats Waller12/4/046/14/80Evergreen, AL
Averytt, FredJazzSaxophone, BandleaderFred Averytt and His Dream BandBirmingham, AL

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