Alabama Music Achievers

Alphabetical Achievers Listing


MOLLIE BAILEY - Mobile, Alabama
-"Circus Queen of the Southwest"
-Performed a "musical and dancing program" throughout the South during the Civil War

RAZZY BAILEY - Lafayette, Alabama
-Singer/Songwriter 1960s thru 1980s
-Charted a total of 9 #1 singles including, "9,999,999 Tears"and "Peanut Butter"
-In 1981, he was named Billboard's Country Singles Artist of the year

GARY BAKER - Sheffield, Alabama
-Co-writer of the song "I Swear" awarded top honors by the Country Music Assn., the Academy of Country Music, and Nashville Songwriter's Assn. International. It won Grammy awards for best country song and best R&B vocal. It was named ASCAP's song of the year for two consecutive years and was named Billboards' #1 country song for 1994.
-Co-writer of the #1 hit "Im Already There" by Lonestar, nominated for a Grammy for best country song of 2001
-Has written songs for the Back Street Boys, Alabama, Reba McEntire, and others.

HANK BALLARD - Bessemer, Alabama
-In 1958, Ballard wrote "The Twist"
-By the middle of 1960, Ballard and the Midnighters had three simultaneous hits in the pop top 40: "Finger Poppin' Time", "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go", and their original version of "The Twist."
- In 1990, Ballard was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

BAMA STATE COLLEGIANS - Montgomery, Alabama
-Jazz band for Alabama State College a predominantly black institution of higher education.
-Some of the alumni were Amos Gordon, J.L. Lowe, Erskine Hawkins, Haywood Henry, and Dud Bascomb, among others.
-The band's director during the 1930's was William Lawrence James.
-With a nucleus of Birmingham musicians, the band program grew and gained a reputation as one of, if not the best, college bands of the era attracting students from all over the country.

BILLY BANG - Mobile, Alabama
-Jazz violin player & composer
-Bang became known as an associate of Sam Rivers and Frank Lowe
-His skidding, diabolically transgressive playing was an essential component of the celebrated Loft scene.
-1977 co-founded the String Trio of New York

BRANDON BARNES - Gadsden, Alabama
-Songwriter on many of Brian McKnight's hit songs
-The song "Anytime" on McKnight's album sold more than three million copies and was named the 1999 R&B single of the year.
-Received three Grammy awards as a songwriter
-Has written songs for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Alabama, Hank Williams, Jr., Anita Baker, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Boyz 2 Men, BeBe Winans, Phil Collins, Steven Bishop, Earth, Wind and Fire and Alicia Keys.

TOMMY BARNES - Winfield, Alabama
-In addition to Hank Williams, Jr., Tommy has had singles released by Don Cox, Tom Wopat, Little Texas, and Tim McGraw.
-"My Love" by Little Texas was a Gold single. The music video received CMT Country Video of the Year.
-Tim McGraw's Top 10 Hit, "Indian Outlaw" went Platinum as a single.
-Both songs received awards as the most performed songs of 1994.

MARC-ALAN BARNETT - Birmingham, Alabama
-Has written songs that have been recorded by, Shelby Lynne
-Opened concerts for such notable acts as Tanya Tucker, John Anderson, Patty Loveless and Pam Tillis, including television performances on TNN's "NASHVILLE NOW,"
-Was the Vice President, and a founding member of the Birmingham Songwriter's Association.

PAUL BASCOMB - Birmingham, Alabama
-Saxophone with Erskine Hawkins
-His tenor saxophone can be heard on recordings with Count Basie during 1940 and 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
-He performed on the sound tracks for "It's A Mad, Mad World", "Midnight Cowboy", and "Legend of Nigger Charlie".
-In 1972, he performed with his son, Wilbur, Jr., on the David Frost television show.

-Achieved success as a composer of serious music, a concert singer, and a teacher.
-In 1949 portraits of three noted Alabama musicians were placed in the Music Room of the Department of Archives and History, Florence Golson Bateman was the first chosen to receive this honor.

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

-Vice President/General Manager of Monk Family Music
-Served as Creative Coordinator at Acuff Rose Music
-Has also been Professional Manager at The Dick James Organization

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
-Several quartets bore his name
-Published thousands of songs and marketed hundreds of thousands of songbooks
-He trained scores of singers and directors.

BARRY BECKETT --Birmingham, Alabama
-Keyboards 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.
-Inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1995.

ED BELL - Fort Deposit, Alabama
-Bell stands as the most influential Alabama artist in pre war blues recordings -His "Mamlish Blues" and "Hambone Blues" were to define the style of the region.
-He was billed as "The Weird Guitar Player".

JIM BELL - Troy, Alabama
-While stationed in France with the U.S. Air Force he met and played piano with the great vocalist, Dinah Washington
-He served over 23 years as a choir director and music teacher
-As a result of his contributions to the art of jazz, Bell was nominated and inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1995

RICK BELL - Birmingham, Alabama
-He has written for the Atlanta Singers, the Hotlanta Jazz Singers, and instrumental ensembles ranging from big bands to quartets. -The Rick Bell Quintet was one of 12 semifinalists from more than 800 national and international entries in the 1991 Cognac Hennessey Jazz Search. -Rick was a charter member of Rod Henley's Hotlanta Jazz Singers

BOYD BENNETT - Muscle Shoals, Alabama
-Co-wrote & recorded Top 5 rock 'n roll hit - "Seventeen" in 1955
-"Seventeen" rose to No. 5 on the Pop charts and provided King Records with one of its all-time best-sellers. A number of established Pop artists quickly covered the song ultimately pushing writer-sale royalties to some 3 million.
-The songs, "Seventeen" and "My Boy Flat Top" were the first songs ever recorded for the teenage market.
-The original manuscript of "Seventeen" is on display in the Library of Congress, in Washington, DC.
-Boyd's band also backed Moon Mullican on the 1956 session which produced his Rockabilly classic "Seven Nights to Rock".

JO JO BENSON - Phenix City, Alabama
-In 1968 he formed a duo with 17-year-old, Peggy Scott -"Lover's Holiday' was their first recording together and went gold. In less than two years they would add two more gold singles - "Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries" and "Soulshake"
-In 1999 he recorded an album of spirited traditional soul that he called "Reminiscing in the Jam Zone"
-This collection of soul and rhythm and blues standards has been placed 'among the finest soul albums of the year - indeed, of the decade' according to Living Blues magazine.

JERRY BENTLEY - Huntsville, Alabama
-Concert promoter for the Oak Ridge Boys and Jerry Reed, Marty Robbins, Larry Gatlin, Don Williams, Hank Williams, Jr., Roy Clark, Mel Tillis, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, and Jimmy Buffet
-Lee Greenwood's general manager

-Superb soprano voice
-Leading roles with the New York City Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Opera Company of Boston, the Miami Opera and many others.
-Performed in the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall

SCOTT BERSTEIN - Birmingham, Alabama
-Scott has performed with legendary jazz organist Richard "Groove" Holmes, Eddie Kendrick, The Temptations, Anita Baker, The Chi-Lites, Candi Staton, and Wynton Marsalis.
-The jingle for Southeastern Meats, one of hundreds of commercial jingles written, played and produced by Scott over the years, has now run for almost 20 years, making it among the longest-running in Alabama commercial history.
-Served as professor of music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

BIG DADDY WEAVE - Mobile, Alabama
-Debut CD "One And Only" was the highest charting debut for any new artist at Christian retail in 2002
-First single "In Christ" peaked at #2 on the Adult Contemporary Charts.
-Band was nominated for Dove Award as "Best New Band" for 2002.

-In 1925 she was the most prolific of Alabama composers with over 600 published compositions.
-The Who's Who In America, 1938 & 39, lists Mathilde Bilbro, author, composer; teacher of piano at Gadsden, Alabama
-Miss Bilbro had a significant impact on music education in America throughout the 20th Century.

DAVID BLACK, JR - Montgomery, Alabama
-In 1966, Mr. Black was appointed to the position of Instrumental Music Consultant with the State Department of Education. He served in this position for 14 years.
-Mr. Black was inducted into the Phi Beta MU Alabama Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 1984.

BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA - Talladega, Alabama
-Traditional Black gospel quartet formed in 1937
-A foot-stomping jubilee style gospel music
-The group received a Grammy for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album for 2001.

WALTER BLYTHE - Birmingham, Alabama
-He played the bass and tuba as a member Fess Whatley's Jazz Demons, the first jazz band in Birmingham
-In 1925, Blythe organized the first band at Council Elementary School where he taught Jo Jones, Nehemiah Stanfield, and Jimmy Chappel

GINGER BOATWRIGHT - Birmingham, Alabama
-One of the most influential women in bluegrass and acoustic country music
-Ginger's band Red, White & Blue(grass) won a Grammy nomination with its 1972 album, charted in 1973 and won "Most Promising Vocal Group" from Billboard magazine in 1974.
-She was nominated for another Grammy with the Doug Dillard Band's "Heartbreak Hotel" album

LUCILLE BOGAN - Birmingham, Alabama
-One of the toughest female blues singers
-Career spanned the 1920's - 1940's
-Best known to blues record collectors and historians for writing and singing "Shave 'Em Dry," one of the bawdiest blues songs ever recorded
-She made her first recordings for the Okeh label in New York. She also recorded for the Paramount and Brunswick labels in the late 1920's
-Also known as Bessie Jackson

LESTER BOONE - Tuskegee, Alabama
-Saxophonist who worked with Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Eubie Blake, Jelly Roll Morton, Hy Clark and others in the New York Jazz scene during the 1930's.

ADAM BORDEN - Gadsden, Alabama
-Played with the Singing Ambassadors -Began performing with Gold City in 1995. -Also plays bass guitar with the group.

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

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

FRAN BOYD - Montgomery, Alabama
-Served as executive Director of the Academy of Country Music beginning 1995
-Editor of the Awards Presentation Program and editor of the ACM monthly newsletter, Country Focus.
-In 1999, Fran was named as one of "Country's Greatest Women" by R&R Magazine.

SCOTT BOYER - Muscle Shoals, Alabama
-Founding member of the Capricorn Records group Cowboy
-As a session musician, Boyer has recorded with music legends such as Gregg Allman, Percy Sledge, Billy Joe Shaver, Kitty Wells, Bonnie Bramlett, Johnny Rivers, Arthur Conley and Alex Taylor.
-His writing credits include songs recorded by Eric Clapton "Please Be With Me" , Randy Meisner, Alex Taylor ,Bonnie Bramlett and Gregg Allman.

KEN BOZEMAN - Mobile, Alabama
-He led the first country band to appear regularly on New Orleans Bourbon Street, working at Pete Fountain's Showplace
-He has worked with such stars as Johnny Carver, Billy "Crash" Craddock, Tanya Tucker, Little Jimmy Dickens, Del Reeves and others
-He is a six-time winner of the Instrumentalist of the Year Award in the Florida Country Music Association and five-time winner of the Association's Entertainer of the Year Award.
-Ken has been inducted into the Florida Country Music Hall of Fame as well as the Mobile County Country Music Hall of Fame

ALEX BRADFORD - Bessemer, Alabama
-In 1953 Bradford wrote and recorded "Too Close to Heaven," which sold a million copies and received an award from the National Baptist Music Convention.
-In 1961 he achieved success in Langston Hughes's Black Nativity 1961
-In 1972 he appeared on Broadway in Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope, for which he won the Obie Award, and again in 1976 in Your Arm's Too Short to Box with God.
-He composed more than 300 gospel songs

PERRY "MULE" BRADFORD - Montgomery, Alabama
-Composer, producer, and pianist
-Wrote & produced first recording featuring a Negro Blues singer - Mamie Smith's "Crazy Blues"
-The 1921 recording of Bradford's composition "Crazy Blues" sold over a million copies.
-He toured with Mamie Smith during the early 1920s, also led own recording bands featuring Louis Armstrong, Buster Bailey, Johnny Dunn, James P. Johnson.
-Ran own publishing company in New York, also pioneered use of Negro performers on commercial radio.
-Composed many big selling numbers including "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down", "Evil Blues", "That Thing Called Love"
-Helped define the jazz-flavored blues style of the 1920's

ROBERT BRADLEY - Evergreen, Alabama
-Blind Blues singer/songwriter
-Found success during the 1990's with a group of young white musicians forming the band Blackwater Surprise.

BRANDYS - Columbia/Dothan, Alabama
-Group members are Alan & Keith Brady and Sylvia Green.
-Their gospel songs have been recorded by such artist as: The Perrys, Sheri Easter, The Wilburns, The Florida Boys, The Melody Trio, Brian Free, The Dixie Melody Boys, Karen Peck, The Singing Cookes, Naomi Sego, Amy Lambert and others.
-The Hoppers recording of their song "Here I Am" received the Singing News Magazine "Song of the Year" Award while the Brandys own version was nominated for a Dove Award.
-Nominees for the Singing News Magazine "Horizon Group of the Year" Award.

TOMMY BRASSFIELD - Muscle Shoals, Alabama
-At the time of his death in late 1989, Brasfield had written a total of over 20 Top 10 singles and had made the Top 5 in every chart except gospel and jazz.
-His song "Holding Her and Loving You," earned "Song of the Year" honors in 1982 from the Nashville Songwriter's Association, International

ROGER BRELAND - Chickasaw, Alabama
-Founder of the Contemporary Christian Music group Truth
-Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2000
-Truth has recorded almost 50 albums and performed 8,000 concerts in all 50 states and 21 countries.

JERRY BRIDGES - Red Bay, Alabama
-Began as a session player at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals
-Lead guitarist, bandleader, & tour manager for Waylon Jennings
-Bridges has performed with Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, George Jones, and many others.

DAVID BRIGGS - Killen, Alabama
-Member of the original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section at Fame Studio
-Nashville session player whose credits include Elvis Presley, Alabama, Bob Seger, Hank Williams, Jr., Neil Young, Reba McEntire, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Dolly Parton, James Brown, Ernest Tubb, Roy Orbison, and Marty Robbins.
-Opened his own recording studio in late 1960s
-Toured with Elvis during the 1970's
-Briggs has been successful in production, arranging, publishing, jingle writing, and performing
-Inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1999

JOHN BRIGGS - Killen, Alabama
-Served as Nashville Director of membership at ASCAP
-Extensive history in music publishing
-John has played a key role in bringing many well known acts to ASCAP including the Dixie Chicks, Brad Paisley, Deana Carter, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Little Texas, ZZ Top, The Cranberries, Brian McKnight, Backstreet Boys.

JOE BRITTON - Birmingham, Alabama
-Toured with Bessie Smith from 1924 until 1926
-Trombone with the Teddy Hill band 1934
-Recorded with Jelly Roll Morton in 1940; with Benny Carter 1941, Lucky Millinder 1942-44

-In 1973, David Johnson bought Quin Ivy's interest in Quinvy Recording Studio and changed the name to Broadway Sound Studio.
-Among the acts recorded by outside producers were The Supremes, The Commodores, Swamp Dogg, among others.
-Johnson's productions included Clarence Carter, Kenny Price, Percy Sledge and others.

DWIGHT BROCK - Gadsden/Athens, Alabama
-One of the great innovators of gospel piano accompaniment, merging jazz like rhythms with the new up-tempo quartet songs.
-The first rhythm piano player on gospel songs
-In 1927 he joined the new Stamps Quartet and traveled with them to Atlanta to make their first recordings; one of the cuts was "Give the World a Smile Each Day," a best-seller which became a southern gospel standard.

JIM BROCK - Fayette County, Alabama
-At age 17 he became a professional fiddler, playing live radio performances in Birmingham.
-He performed for ten years with Carl Sauceman and the Green Valley Boys, then with Jim and Jesse on the Grand Old Opry.
-He has toured with Bill Monroe and Charlie Louvin.
-Has fiddled on scores of bluegrass and country albums, including a solo fiddle album, Sawdust from the Bow of Jim Brock.

BROTHER BONES - Montgomery, Alabama
-aka - Freeman Davis, he recorded as Brother Bones and His Shadows. He was also known as "Whistling Sam."
-His recording of "Sweet Georgia Brown" was adopted in 1952 by the Harlem Globetrotters as their theme song.
-Millions around the world have heard his recording but few know his name
-He went on to record a dozen songs, appeared in at least three movies, performed at Carnegie Hall and was on the Ed Sullivan Show.

HILLARD BROWN - Birmingham, Alabama
-Drums with Duke Ellington (October 1944). With Billy Eckstine (1944), Ben Webster at Onyx Club, New York (1945) And Dallas Bartley (1945).
-Own band in Chicago from 1946 until 1954.
-Became Business Agent for musicians union until the mid 1960s.
-Resumed free lance playing during the 1970's, often worked wit Art Hodges

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
-His songs have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Kim Carnes, Eddie Rabbit, The Little River Band, Loretta Lynn, Kenny Rogers, Tanya Tucker, Smokey Robinson, Ernest Tubb, Brenda Lee, Paul Davis, Billy Joe Royal, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Charlie Rich, Jennifer Warnes, Terri Gibbs, Gary Morris, Maureen McGovern, Dorsey Burnette, Ronnie Milsap, Randy Travis, Anne Murray, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Roy Rogers, John Anderson, Tom Jones, Charlie McCoy and many others.

TOMMY BROWN - Birmingham, Alabama
-Joined disco-soul group, The Hues Corporation, in 1974 replacing Fleming Williams.
-Their big success came in late 1974, with "Rock the Boat."
-The group made frequent TV appearances in the mid Seventies and also appeared in the film Blacula
. -Tours took them to Europe, South America, the Far East and Australia.

WILLARD BROWN - Birmingham, Alabama
-Saxophone and clarinet player
-Worked with Benny Carter (1943), with Louis Armstrong Big Band (1944), occasionally with Duke Ellington from October 1944 until spring 1945. With Sy Oliver in late 1946-47, regularly with Snub Mosley from 1948 (including U.S.O. tour of Britain in 1952). Worked on and off with Lucky Millinder in the 1950's, with Cab Calloway in 1959.

BROWNS FERRY FOUR - Athens, Alabama
-Country's first great all-star Gospel quartet was formed during the turbulent days of WWII and existed in various forms until 1952.
-It recorded some 45 songs, all for the King record label out of Cincinnati.
-The original quartet was composed of four men who went on to become Country music legends: Louis M. Grandpa Jones, guitarist and singer Merle Travis and Alton and Rabon Delmore.

BILL BRUNNER, JR. - Cullman, Alabama
-He organized the band program for Austin High School in Decatur, Al. and served as band director and coordinator of high school, middle school, and elementary bands until his retirement in 1988.
-Mr. Brunner was elected to the Phi Beta Mu Alabama Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 1988.

JAMES BRYAN - Mentone, Alabama
-He won his first fiddlers' convention at the age of 12 and the prestigious title of Tennessee Valley Fiddle King at the age of 17.
-He has recorded two solo albums on the Rounder label and many more with Norman and Nancy Blake as the Rising Fawn String Ensemble.
-Considered to be the best traditional Southern fiddler playing today

BEULAH BRYANT - Dayton, Alabama
-She worked the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island in 1958
-She toured with Bo Diddley, Little Willie John and others on a package rock show across the United States.
-She served her country by performing at military bases all over the world with her own 'Beulah Bryant Show' in the late 60's and 70's

JIMMY BRYANT - Birmingham, Alabama
-Ghost singer for Richard Beymer in "West Side Story"
-Sang for James Fox in "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
-Was the vocalist for the theme song to the "Batman" TV series
-Composer of music for rides at Disney World in Orlando & Tokyo

LOUIE BUCK - Bessemer, Alabama
-He joined the staff of WSM in 1938, and was the announcer of the Prince Albert portion of the Grand Ole Opry until 1946.
-Cousin Louie as he was known on-air, was additionally a songwriter, whose credits included "Your Locket Is My Broken Heart" (Hank Snow) and "Loafin' on a Lazy River" (Red Foley).
-Buck introduced Hank Williams' initial appearance at the Opry

MICKEY BUCKINS - Muscle Shoals, Alabama
-Veteran in the Muscle Shoals Music Industry, as a songwriter, studio musician, audio engineer, recording artist and record producer.
-As a percussionist he has worked with Dionne Warwick, Bob Dylan, Gus Hardin, Jerry Reed, Helen Reddy, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mac Davis, Millie Jackson, Dr. Hook, Clarence Carter, Larry Gatlin, Bertie Higgins, Levon Helm and Alicia Bridges.
-Many artists have recorded Mickey's songs, such as, Melissa Manchester, Wayne Newton, Billy "Crash" Craddock, The Osmonds, Patti Austin, Tony Joe White, Clarence Carter, and the number one hit "Tell Me A Lie" by Janie Fricke.

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"

BUDDY BUIE - Dothan, Alabama
-Concert promoter and award winning songwriter/publisher.
-Buddy wrote for and managed his boyhood friend, Bobby Goldsboro.
-He went on to write for Roy Orbison, The Classics IV, Billy Joe Royal, B.J. Thomas, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Travis Tritt, Gloria Estefan, and Wynonna Judd.

JAMES BULLARD - Atmore, Alabama
-Record executive and Gospel industry pioneer
-Launched the careers Shirley Caesar, Rev. Milton Brunson, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Al Green, Helen Baylor, and O'Landa Draper & the Associates
-Over 20 Grammys to his credit
-Bullard is widely regarded as one of the pivotal figures in moving Gospel from the back burner to center stage in American popular music.

CURTIS BURCH - Montgomery, Alabama
-Original guitarist with the New Grass Revival
-Combined elements of rhythm & blues and rock & roll creating a musical style in which bluegrass instruments, usually electrified, were combined with the heavy rhythm and emotionalism of rock & roll.

NORMA BURKHARDT - Montgomery, Alabama
-Miss Burkhardt has sung leading roles with the New Orleans and Baton Rouge Opera companies.
-She produced a concert (performed in antebellum costume) which she performed regularly at the Louisiana World's Fair.

-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

HAPPY HAL BURNS - Birmingham, Alabama
- He worked in radio, television, theatre, rodeo, and motion pictures, appearing in several Hollywood westerns in 1933-34.
- In addition to working as a manager and promoter; Burns was also a songwriter, composing over 100 songs, one of which was recorded by George Strait, "Cow Town," co-written by Tex Ritter.

- Jazz drummer extraordinaire
- Played for many renowned band leaders including Horace Henderson, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Milt Larkins, Benny Carter and Henry "Red" Allen.

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

COLONEL CARLTON BUTLER - Tuscaloosa, Alabama
- Served 34 years as band director at the University of Alabama.
- In 1939 he called a meeting of Alabama band directors at the University of Alabama to form the Alabama Bandmasters Association of which he was elected the first President.
- He lifted the "Million Dollar Band" to National prominence through his insistence of high, quick stepping, elaborate maneuvers, and accuracy and style of musical performance. - Colonel Butler was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Alabama Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 1976.

BUTLER TWINS - Florence, Alabama
- Clarence on harmonica and vocals and Curtis on guitar.
- The twins won a talent contest at the W.C. Handy Elementary School and played in the abandoned house where Handy once lived.
- Moved to Detroit and play regularly in the blues clubs.

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 1980's

ROBERT BYRNE - Muscle Shoals, Alabama
- Songwriter singer won the American Song Festival professional division grand prize in 1977 and the professional country category prize the next year.
- He has had songs recorded by Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, Johnny Rivers, Helen Reddy, Dr. Hook, Roy Orbison, Mac Davis, Mickey Giley, T.G. Sheppard, Captain and Tonille, The Osmands, Englebert Humperdinck, Dottie West, Carpenters, Michael Johnson, Thelma Houston, Anne Murray, Earl Thomas Conley, Gary Morris, and others.

LARRY BYROM - Huntsville, Alabama
- Beginning in 1968 Byrom played guitar with the group Steppenwolf for four years
- Nashville studio musician on many hits - His songwriting has resulted in numerous cuts, including the #10 hit "Feel Right" by Tanya Tucker in 1983.

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