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MUSIC ACHIEVERS




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RAZZY BAILEY - Lafayette, Alabama
-Singer/Songwriter 1960s thru 1980s
-Charted a total of 9 #1 singles including, "9,999,999 Tears"and "Peanut Butter"

BILLY BANG - Mobile, Alabama
-Jazz violin player & composer
-1977 co-founded the String Trio of New York

PAUL BASCOMB - Birmingham, Alabama
-Saxophone with Erskine Hawkins
-Worked with Count Basie in 1941
-He & his brother "Dud" co-lead several bands

WILBUR "DUD" BASCOMB - Birmingham, Alabama
-Trumpet with Erskine Hawkins
-Co-composer of "Tuxedo Junction"
-Worked with Duke Ellington 1940s

LITTLE CHARLIE BATY - Birmingham, Alabama
-Founding member of Little Charlie and the Nightcats, a West Coast blues band
-Jazz flavored jump blues with a touch of straight chicago blues, Texas Swing, R&B

J.R. "PAP" BAXTER - Lebanon, Alabama
-One of the most influential people in Gospel music
-1926 formed Stamps-Baxter Music Co. which became the largest gospel song business in the world

BARRY BECKETT Birmingham, Alabama
Pianist with Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section, founder of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios,
Producer of Joan Baez, Lorrie Morgan, Alabama, co-producer Hank Williams, Jr., Bob Dylan, Delbert McClinton, Dire Straits, and many others.

BOYD BENNETT - Muscle Shoals, Alabama
-Co-wrote & recorded Top 5 rock 'n roll hit - "Seventeen" in 1955

ELEANOR BERGQUIST - Alabama
-Superb soprano voice -Leading roles with the New York City Opera
-Performed in the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall

BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA - Talladega, Alabama
-Traditional Black gospel quartet formed in 1937
-A foot-stomping jubilee style gospel music

LUCILLE BOGAN - Birmingham, Alabama
-One of the toughest female blues singers
-Career spanned the 1920s - 1940s
-Many of her songs were very risque
-Also known as Bessie Jackson

"BOZO" STERLING BOSE - Florence, Alabama
-Trumpet & vocals
-Extensive studio work in NY in 1930s
-Worked with Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Bob Crosby and many others during the 1930s & 40s

C. ED BOUTWELL - Birmingham, Alabama
-Established 1st modern recording studio in Birmingham
-Wrote hundreds of commercial jingles, winning 3 Clios in 1975
-Invention of "rolling punch" in recording made modern multi-track overdubbing less difficult

PERRY "MULE" BRADFORD - Montgomery, Alabama
-Composer, producer, and pianist
-Wrote & produced first recording by Negro Blues singer - Mamie Smith's "Crazy Blues"
-Helped define the jazz-flavored blues style of the 1920s

JERRY BRIDGES - Red Bay, Alabama
-Began as a session player at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals
-Lead guitarist, bandleader, & tour manager for Waylon Jennings

DAVID BRIGGS - Killen, Alabama
-Member of the original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section at Fame Studio
-Nashville session player with many of the biggest names in pop & country music
-Opened his own recording studio in late 1960s
-Toured with Elvis during the 1970s

JOHN BRIGGS - Killen, Alabama
-Nashville Director of membership at ASCAP
-Extensive history in music publishing

MILTON BROWN - Mobile, Alabama
-Songwriter of hits: "Every Which Way But Loose" and "Barroom Buddies"
-Garnered 2 Grammy nominations, CMA Award, People's Choice Finalist Award

JIMMY BUFFETT Mobile, Alabama
-Refers to his style of music as "Gulf and Western"
-Recorded his "Coconut Telegraph" album at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios
-Famous for such songs as "Margaritaville," "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "Pencil Thin Mustache" and "Come Monday"

COUNTRY BOY EDDIE BURNS - Warrior, Alabama
-Longest running TV Show in Alabama, 37 years: The Country Boy Eddie Show
-Key role in early careers of Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, & Emmylou Harris

CHARLIE BURSE - Decatur, Alabama
-Member of the Memphis Jug Band
-Formed the Memphis Mudcats jazz band

GEORGE "WILD CHILD" BUTLER - Autaugville, Alabama
-One of the last of the wandering bluesmen
-Harmonica with Lightnin' Hopkins, also toured with Jimmy Rogers in the 1980s


AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Baccus, SteveCountrySongwriter, PublisherDesert RoseMuscle Shoals, AL
Bailey, Mollie Kirkland Pop Vocals, Promotion aka Circus Queen of Southwest 11/2/1844 10/2/1918 Mobile, AL
Bailey, RazzyCountry, Rockabilly, R&BVocals2/14/39Five Points, AL
Bain, Chris Country Songwriter Kenny Chesney Moulton, AL
Baker, GaryRock, Country, PopVocals, Bass9/8/63Niagara Falls, NYSheffield, AL
Baker, GeorgiaVocalsTuscaloosa, AL
Baldwin, LaTanyiaR&BVocalsStevie WonderSelma, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Ballard, HankR&B, RockVocals1936Detroit, MIBessemer, AL
Ballew, RonR&B, Gospel, RockStudio OwnerSupremes, Temptations, SailcatMuscle Shoals, AL
Bama BandCountry, RockGroupHank Williams Jr.
Bama State Collegians JazzGroup Erskine Hawkins Montgomery, AL
Bang, BillyJazzViolinaka William Vincent Walker9/20/47Mobile, AL
Barkley, Terry Rock, Country Drums 1950 Huntsville, AL
Barnes, BrandonWriterGadsden, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Barnes, Lee CountryVocals, SongwriterLamar Morris Opp, AL
Barnes, Tommy D.Country, RockSongwriterTim McGraw, Little Texas10/7/61Tupelo, MSWinfield, AL
Barnette, MarkRock, CountryVocals24 Karat Band1960Birmingham, AL
Barrax, AndrewGospelComposer, VocalsBronx ChoirAttalla, AL
Barry, Rebecca Jazz Saxophone Victor Atkins 1974 Fairhope, AL
Bascomb, PaulJazz, Big Band, Swing, JumpSax (Tenor)Red Allen2/12/1212/2/86Birmingham, AL
Bascomb, Wilbur (Dud)Jazz, Big BandTrumpetDuke Ellington5/16/1612/25/72Birmingham, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Bass, Debi CountryVocals1953Decatur, AL
Bass, Leon Rock-a-BillyVocals, Guitar, Songwriter Tune Records 3/2/1937 Cherokee, AL
Bateman, Florence GolsonClassicalSoprano, Composer, Educ12/18911987Wetumpka, AL
Bates, Eric Christian, RockStudio OwnerBates Brothers Recording 1961 Birmingham, AL
Bates, Eugene Christian, RockStudio OwnerBates Brothers Recording 1957 Birmingham, AL
Bates, William H. (Lefty)Blues, R&BBassVeeJay Records3/9/20Leighton, AL
Baty, Charlie (Little)BluesGuitarLittle Charlie and the Nightcats7/10/53Birmingham, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Baughn, Brian AdministrativeMonk Family Music Group
Baxter, Calrice HowardGospelGospel Music Hall of FameLebanon, AL
Baxter, Jesse Randall (JR)GospelPublisherStamps-Baxter Publishing12/8/1887Lebanon, AL
Baylor, SamMobile, AL
Beach, FredCountryFiddleHank Williams' Drifting Cowboy19166/94Mobile, AL
Beam, Stacy Broadway Vocals off Broadway Arab, AL
Beaty, MatthewCountry6/26/74South Bend, INAL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Beck, LarryGospelBaritone VocalsThe SouthmenGlencoe, AL
Becker, HankRock, JazzGuitar, Vocals, Songwriter Boogie Chillin, The Dinosaurs Muhlenburg Co., KY Mobile, AL
Beckett, BarryPop, Country, RockPiano2/4/43Birmingham, AL
Beetze, YolandOperaVocalsMobile, AL
Belew, BettyCountrySongwriterFlorence, AL
Bell, EdBluesVocals, Guitar5/051960Fort Deposit, AL
Bell, James (Jim)JazzPianoAL Jazz Hall of Fame9/16/41Troy, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Bell, John L.JazzPiano, Band LeaderJoe Guy, Chuck ClarkBirmingham, AL
Bell, KenCountry, PopSongwriterSkinner and WallaceChattanooga, TNMuscle Shoals, AL
Bell, KevinOperaBass VocalsJacksonville, AL
Bell, Leatha L.JazzPianoFess Whatley, B'ham HeritageLivingston, AL
Bell, Rick Jazz Saxophone Rick Bell QuintetBirmingham, AL
Benejam, Louis Classical Composer, Violin, Conduct B'ham Southern College Birmingham, AL
Bennett, BoydRock, RockabillyVocalsThe Rockets12/7/24Muscle Shoals, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Benson, JodiBirmingham, AL
Benson, RayBroadwayVocalsBroadwayBirmingham, AL
Bentley, JerryCountryPromoterOak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood7/6/43Huntsville, AL
Bergquist, EleanorOperaVocals SopranoAL
Bernstein, ScottPopAL
Berry, CollinsJazzTrumpetCleve Eaton, B'ham Heritage
Bevis, AnnRock, Gospel3/28/41AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Bevis, FredStudio OwnerMuscle Shoals pioneer studio ownerSheffield, AL
Big Daddy WeaveChristian Group Mobile, AL
Bilbro, MathildeClassical, ChristianComposer, Educator1/18701958Gadsden, AL
Billings, BarryRock, R&B, ChristianGuitarsound track to Jeremy's EggSheffield, AL
Birdland Recording Studio Studio Eddie Hinton1983 Town Creek, AL
Birmingham Heritage Jazz BandJazzBandBirmingham, AL
Black, BibiClassicalTrumpetPhiladelphia OrchestraHuntsville, ALDecatur, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Black, David Delisle Jr.Marching BandConductorBand Masters Hall of Fame 19846/9/31Montgomery, AL
Black, Steve Bird Jazz, Pop, RockTenor Saxophone Tuscaloosa Horns Tuscaloosa, AL
Blackburn, BillCountry, R&BSongwriterDonnie Fritts, Eddie HintonSheffield, AL
Blackwood BrothersGospelGroupAL
Blackwood SingersGospelGroupAL
Blandon, RichardR&B9/16/34Montgomery, AL
Blankenship, HenryJazzVocalsRussellville, ARAL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Blast, C.L.Rock, SoulVocalsFrederick KnightBirmingham, AL
Blind Boys of AlabamaBlack GospelGroup1939Talledega, AL
Blount, Herman (Sonny)JazzKeyboardsaka Sun Ra5/22/14Birmingham, AL
Blue Seal PalsCountryGroupSheffield, AL
Blythe, Walter H.JazzBass, Tuba, EducatorFess Whatley & Jazz Demons1904Birmingham, AL
Boatwright, GingerCountry, BluegrassVocals, GuitarRed, White and Blue(Grass)Birmingham, AL
Boatwright, GrantCountry, BluegrassGuitar, VocalsRed, White and Blue(Grass)Birmingham, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Bogan, LucilleBluesVocalsaka Bessie Jackson4/1/18978/10/48Amory, MSBirmingham, AL
Bogan, Nazareth L. Jr.JazzBassLucille's son9/4/15Birmingham, AL
Bohler, JenniferCountryPublicistStarstruck EntertainmentOpelika, AL
Bolling, PillieBluesGuitarEd Bell1906Butler Co., AL
Bond, DebbieBluesVocals, GuitarKokomo Blues BandCATuscaloosa, AL
Bond, LeeCountryVocalsMidway JamboreeGadsden, AL
Boone, LesterJazz, Big BandSax (Alto), ClarinetLouis Armstrong12/8/04Tuskegee, AL
Borden, AdamGospelBass GuitarSinging Ambassadors Gold City5/7/72Gadsden, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Borden, Toni Country Vocals Cherokee, AL
Bose, Sterling Belmont (Bozo)JazzTrumpet, VocalsTommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman2/23/06Florence, AL
Bosheers, Beth Country, Blues, PopVocals2/12/1962 Sheffield, AL
Bostick, CalvinBluesVocals, PianoChess Records7/4/28AL
Boston, BlackieR&BVocals, Guitaraka Bennie Joe Houston11/6/43Panola, AL
Boutwell, C. EdStudio OwnerBirmingham, AL
Bowen, William (Billy)R&BVocalsInk Spots3/12Birmingham, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Bowman, DougCountryGuitarTex Ritter, Grand Ole OpryPell City, AL
Boyd, FranCountry Administrative Exec. Dir. Academy of Country Music Montgomery, AL
Boyer, ScottRockGuitar, Vocals, SongwriterCowboy, Eric ClaptonMuscle Shoals, AL
Bozeman, Helen Pop, RockVocalsCreel Sisters Lucedale, MS Mobile, AL
Bozeman, Ken CountryGuitar, Vocals aka The Alabama Flash Saint Stephens, AL
Bradford, Alex (Professor)GospelVocals1/23/27Bessemer, AL
Bradford, Perry (Mule)Jazz, Big Band, BluesVocals, Piano, ProducerMamie Smith2/14/18934/20/70Montgomery, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Bradley, RobertBluesVocals, Guitar1950Rabb, AL
Brandon, BillR&BVocals, Trumpet, Drums1944Huntsville, AL
Brant, BeulahBluesVocals2/20/18Dayton, AL
Brasfield, RodCountryComedianGrand Ole OpryAL
Brasfield, TommyCountrySongwriterRonnie Milsap195212/14/89Jasper, AL
Brassfield, JohnJazzTromboneFess Whatley, Pop WilliamsBirmingham, AL
Breland, RogerGospelVocalsTruthChickasaw, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Bremer, PerryClassicalCornetMontgomery, AL
Bridges, CharlesGospelVocalsBirmingham Jubilee1901Pratt City, AL
Bridges, JerryCountryGuitarWaylon JenningsRed Bay, AL
Briggs, DavidRock, CountryKeyboards, PianoElvis Presley1/26/51Killen, AL
Briggs, JohnCountryPublisher7/7/61Killen, AL
Bright StarsGospelGroupDecatur, AL
Britton, Joseph E. (Joe)Jazz, Blues, SwingTromboneJelly Roll Morton, Bessie Smith11/28/038/12/72Birmingham, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Broadway Sound StudiosR&B, RockStudioPercy Sledge, Clarence CarterSheffield, AL
Brother CaneRockGroupBirmingham, AL
Brown, BeverlyGospelAL
Brown, CharlieBluegrassFiddleCharlie Brown's BandPiney Woods, AL
Brown, DarylGospelAL
Brown, HillardJazz, Big Band, SwingDrumsDuke Ellington5/12/13Birmingham, AL
Brown, Johnny (Blind)BluesGuitar, Harmonica10/1/10Montgomery, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Brown, Larry (Downtown)BluesSaxaphone, SongwriterSoutheast AL
Brown, LenardFairfield, AL
Brown, MillieGospelAL
Brown, MiltonPopSongwriterClint EastwoodMobile, AL
Brown, OwenCountry, Rock, R&BBassJames Taylor3/27/52Cullman, AL
Brown, StephanieGospel, CountrySongwriterAL
Brown, TommyR&BVocalsHues CorporationBirmingham, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Brown, TraceyGospelAL
Brown, Willard S.JazzSaxophone, ClarinetLouis Armstrong, Duke Ellington19096/67Birmingham, AL
Brunner, C. William (Bill) Jr.Marching BandConductorBandmasters Hall of Fame 19881937Cullman, AL
Bryan, BrookeCountryBackground VocalsKenny RogersCoosada, AL
Bryan, JamesCountry, FolkFiddleRising Fawn String EnsembleMentone, AL
Bryant, BeulahBluesVocals2/20/18Dayton, AL
Bryce, SherryCountryVocalsMel Tillis5/28/46Haleyville, ALDuncanville, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Buchanan, RoyRockGuitar9/23/398/14/86Ozark, AL
Buck, GaryFour GuysDecatur, AL
Buckins, MickeyRock, Country, Session MusicianPercussion, EngineerMSS & Fame StudiosMuscle Shoals, AL
Buffett, JimmyRock, Country, PopGuitar, Vocals12/25/46Pascogoula, MSMobile, AL
Buie, BuddyRock, PopVocals, ProducerAtlanta Rhythm SectionDothan, AL
Burbridge, OteilRockBassAllman BrothersBirmingham, AL
Burch, CurtisBluegrass, Rock, FolkDobro, Guitar, VocalsNew Grass Revival1/24/45Montgomery, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Burgess, ByronGospelVocalsStamps Quartet7/11/36Winfield, AL
Burke, RalphGospelVocalsInheritanceSand Mountain, AL
Burkhardt, NormaOperaVocalsMontgomery, AL
Burks, Jo LynnBroadwayConductor, PianoHair, Jesus Christ SuperStar1960Huntsville, AL
Burnett, ShawnCountryDrums1/29/76Jasper, AL
Burns, Eddy (Country Boy)CountryFiddleHappy Hal BurnsWarrior, AL
Burns, Hal (Happy)CountryVocalsCountry Boy EddieBirmingham, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Burroughs, Calvin (Mouse)JazzDrumsRed Allen11/21/118/01/50Mobile, AL
Burse, Charlie (Uke)Blues, Jug Band, Country BluesGuitar, Mandolin, VocalsMemphis Jug Band8/25/0112/20/65Decatur, AL
Burse, RobertBlues, Jug Band, Country BluesDrumsMemphis Jug Band2/19/91Sheffield, AL
Burt, JimCountrySongwriterTuscaloosa, AL
Burton, Wayne (Buzzin)BluesVocalsBessie Smith1893Birmingham, AL
Butler, ClarenceBluesVocals, HarmonicaButler Twins1/21/42Florence, AL
Butler, Col. Carleton K.Marching BandConductorBand Masters Hall of Fame 19762/2/075/27/93Edinberg, OHTuscaloosa, AL
AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Butler, CurtisBluesGuitarButler Twins1/21/42Florence, AL
Butler, George (Wild Child)BluesVocals, Harmonica, Guitar10/1/36Autaugaville, AL
Butler, JoanVocals, SongwriterAL
Butler, RichardSongwriter, EngineerAL
Byrne, Patrick HenryClassicalOrgan19153/93Mobile, AL
Byrne, RobertCountrySongwriter1955Detroit, MIMuscle Shoals, AL
Byrnes, Harold F.CountryAL
Byrom, LarryRock, Country, R&BGuitarSteppenwolf, Session Musician12/27/48Huntsville, AL

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