THOMAS CAIN - Athens, Alabama
-Written songs for Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Milsap, Mighty Clouds of Joy, etc.
-BMI Senior Director of Writer/Publisher Relations
JERRY CARRIGAN - Florence, Alabama
-Member of the original Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section at FAME Studios
-Nashville session player with many of the biggest names in pop & country music
-Contributed to development of sound library of the Wendel Jr. Drum Replacement Unit
CLARENCE CARTER-- Montgomery, Alabama
-Rhythm and blues performer whose classics "Slip Away" and "Patches"
helped establish Muscle Shoals as a center for rhythm and blues artists
-His soul hit "Strokin" became his biggest seller
BETH NIELSEN-CHAPMAN - Mobile, Alabama
-Writer on #1 hits "Five Minutes", "Nothing I Can Do About It Now", and "Strong Enough To Bend"
JIMMY CHEATHAM - Birmingham, Alabama
-Jazz bass trombonist & bandleader
-Studied at NY Conservatory of Modern Music
-Heads Jazz Studies program at U of California
LEW CHILDRE - Opp, Alabama
-One of the greatest one man shows in the business- comedy, song & dance man
-Joined Grand Ole Opry in 1945
-Theme song - "Alabamy Bound"
LEE CLAYTON - Russellville, Alabama
-Gave the "outlaw" music of the 1970s it's name from his song "Ladies Love Outlaws"
-His songs were recorded by Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
-Influenced U2 singer Bono
ZEKE CLEMENTS - Warrior, Alabama
-Joined Grand Ole Opry in 1933
-His band, Bronco Busters, 1st to wear western cowboy dress on the Opry
-Wrote #1 country song "Smoke On The Water"
-Nicknamed the Alabama Cowboy
NAT KING COLE-- Montgomery, Alabama
-1st black performer to host his own national TV show
-Sold over 50 million pop records
BURL "JAYBIRD" COLEMAN - Gainsville, Alabama
-Blues harmonica player
-Style derived from call-and-response blues rooted in the field holler.
THE COMMODORES-- Tuskegee, Alabama
-The original members met as freshmen at Tuskegee Institute in 1970.
Consisted of Lionel Richie (vocals, saxophone), William King (trumpet),
Thomas McClary (guitar), Milan Williams (keyboards), Ronald LaPread (bass)
and Walter "Clyde" Orange (drums).
-Signed with Motown Records in 1971 and toured opening for the Jackson Five
-Scored such hits as "Fancy Dancer," "Easy," "Three Times A Lady," "Sail On" and "Still"
TOMMY COUCH - Tuscumbia, Alabama
-Formed Malaco Records in 1967
-Produced Z.Z. Hill's "Down Home Blues", Dorothy Moore's "Misty Blue", and Mississippi Fred McDowell's "I Do Not Play No Rock and Roll"
Achiever Style Instrument Worked With Date Of Birth Date Of Death Place Of Birth Home Cadek, Ottaker Classical Violin, Conductor 1897 Chattanooga, TN Tuscaloosa, AL Cain, Bob Jazz, Gospel Vocals, Trumpet The Cane Breakers Hartselle, AL Cain, Christopher Broadway Vocals, Piano 1963 Phenix City, AL Cain, Thomas Country Publisher BMI Athens, AL Callins, Jothan Jazz Trumpet, Vocals Sun Ra 10/29/42 Birmingham, AL Calloway, Harrison Rock, R&B, Pop, Session Music Trumpet Muscle Shoals Horns Chattanooga, TN Muscle Shoals, AL Calvert, John Country Songwriter 1965 Florence, AL Cameron, Duncan Rock, Country, Pop, Session M Guitar, Vocals Amazing Rhythm Aces Killen, AL Campbell, Heather Gospel Administrative Southern Gospel Music Assoc. 1/31/71 Birmingham, AL Cantrell, Bill Rock, Rockabilly, R&B Fiddle Carl Perkins, Owner Hi Records Hackleburg, AL Florence, AL Cardwell, Jack Country Vocals, Songwriter Mobile TV Station Chapman, AL Carmichael, James Anthony Rock, R&B, Pop Producer Michael Jackson 10/12/20 10/6/82 Harrodsburg, KY Decatur, AL Carpenter, Frank Jazz Saxophone Birmingham, AL Carr, Pete Rock, R&B, Pop, Session Guitar MSS Studio 4/22/50 Daytona Beach, FL Muscle Shoals, AL Carrigan, Jerry Country, Pop, Session Musician Drums Elvis Presley Florence, AL Carson, Sherman Jazz Drummer aka Foxxy Fatts 1949 Birmingham, AL Cartee, Al Country Publisher Muscle Shoals, AL Carter, Albert R&B Guitar Carter Brothers Garland, AL Carter, Clarence Rock, Soul, R&B, Blues Guitar, Vocals 1/14/36 Montgomery, AL Carter, Edna Rock, Country Background Vocals Muscle Shoals Studios Florence, AL Carter, Jerry R&B Vocals, Piano Carter Brothers Garland, AL Carter, Jimmy (Peanuts) Gospel Vocals Blind Boys of Alabama 2/11/32 Jefferson City, AL Carter, Mary Gospel, Country, Rock Vocals Florence, AL Carter, Nell Broadway, R&B, Gospel Vocals 9/13/48 Birmingham, AL Carter, Rick Rock Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards Telluride Band Selma, AL Carter, Roman R&B Vocals, Guitar Carter Brothers Garland, AL Carwile, Daniel Folk, Bluegrass Fiddle Full Moon Ensemble 1973 Athens, AL Casher, Leon Classical Vocals Casher Philharmonic Choir Mobile, AL Castleberry, Joel Country, Rock Drummer Stone Pony w/ Linda Ronstadt Section, AL Caswell, Melvin Jazz Drummer TN. State Collegians Birmingham, AL Caylor, Waylon Country Songwriter Walt Aldridge AL Chalker, Harold Lee (Curly) Country Steel Guitar Hank Thompson, Lefty Frizzell 1933 4/30/98 Enterprise, AL Champion, Hollice Country Comedian aka Elmer Fudpucker Decatur, AL Champion, Jesse Jazz Vocals AL Jazz Hall of Fame 1998 Birmingham, AL Chaney, Wayne Rock, Country, R&B Trumpet, Vocals Little Richard Muscle Shoals, AL Chapman, Beth Nielsen Country, Folk Vocals, Songwriter 1956 Montgomery, AL Mobile, AL Chapman, Mike Country, Session Musician Bass Guitar Garth Brooks Sheffield, AL Chappel, Jimmy Jazz Trumpet, Band Leader Pops Williams, Chuck Clark Birmingham, AL Charlie Brown's String Band Bluegrass Band 1925 Tuscaloosa, AL Cheatham, Jimmy Jazz, Blues Trombone Jeannie Cheatham 6/18/24 Birmingham, AL Chellman, Georgia Twitty Country Radio 1935 Florence, AL Chia, Enrique Classical Piano Cachao Selma, AL Childre, Lew Country, Traditional, Comedy Guitar, Vocals Grand Ole Opry 11/1/01 12/3/61 Opp, AL Clark, Chuck Jazz Saxophone, Reeds Cootie Williams Birmingham, AL Clark, Mary Alice Jazz Piano, Accordian, Vocals Fess Whatley Birmingham, AL Clark, Mattie Moss Gospel Vocals 1928 Selma, AL Clark, Roger Allen Country, Rock, Pop Drums Steve Miller, Hank Jr. 7/26/50 Chattanooga, TN Muscle Shoals, AL Clarke, Arthur (Babe) Jazz, Big Band, Blues Sax (Tenor), Clarinet Benny Goodman Birmingham, AL Clarke, Charles Jazz Saxophone Cootie Williams Birmingham, AL Clarke, Frank (Pete) Jazz Saxophone, Clarinet Louis Armstrong, Teddy Wilson 3/10/11 April 1975 Birmingham, AL Clarke, Richard (Dick) Jazz Trumpet New York jazz scene Birmingham, AL Classics IV Pop Group Buie, Cobb, Venable Atlanta, GA Claunch, Quinton Country Guitar Blue Seal Pals Florence, AL Clayton, Edgar Country Guitar Blue Seal Pals Hamilton, AL Clayton, Kimber Country Vocals Buddy Killen 12/25/ Montgomery, AL Clayton, Lee Country, Outlaw, Progressive Guitar, Vocals, Writer Waylon Jennings 10/29/42 Russellville, AL Clayton, Robert F. Jr. (Rob) Drums DB Records, Jody Grind 1968 4/19/92 AL Clearwater, Eddy Blues, Rock Guitar aka Guitar Eddy, the Chief 1/10/35 Macon, MS Birmingham, AL Clements, Zeke Country, Cowboy Vocals, Guitar, Banjo aka The Alabama Cowboy 9/9/11 3/5/63 Empire, AL Clemmons, Francois Broadway Vocals Mr. Roger's Neighborhood 1945 Birmingham, AL Clifton, Dennis Country, Rock Vocals FCC AL Cline, Charlie Bluegrass, Country Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar Bill Monroe WV Arly, AL Cloninger, Claire Gospel, Pop, Country Songwriter Tanya Tucker, B.J. Thomas Mobile, AL Coasters R&B Group Bobby Nunn member Birmingham, AL Coates, Dorothy Love Black Gospel Vocals Gospel Harmonettes 1/30/28 Birmingham, AL Cobb, Buell E. Sacred Harp Vocals Cullman, AL Cobb, J.R. Rock, Pop Guitar, Bass, Vocals Classics IV, Atlanta Rhythm Se 2/5/44 Birmingham, AL Cochran, Debi S. Country Songwriter Fort Payne, AL Cofield, Bill Country Saxophone Sheffield, AL Colburn, Howard Country Fiddle 1921 McCalla, AL Cole, Eddie Jazz Piano, Bass, Vocals Nat's older brother 1910 Montgomery, AL Cole, Gary Country Country Boy Eddie 9/9/51 Oneonta, AL Cole, Nat (King) Jazz, Pop, Jump Blues, Swing Piano, Vocals Nat Cole Trio 3/17/17 2/15/65 Montgomery, AL Coleman, Burl C. (Jaybird) Blues Vocals, Harmonica 5/20/1896 6/28/50 Gainesville, AL Coleman, Esau Jazz Piano Birmingham, AL Collier, Mitty Rock, Soul, Gospel Vocals Chess Records 6/21/41 Birmingham, AL Collins, John Elbert Jazz, New Age Guitar Ella Fitzgerald, Nat Cole 9/20/12 Montgomery, AL Collins, Newton (Jay) Pop, Country Drums UNA Commercial Music 7/18/98 Chattanooga, TN Florence, AL Colson, Bob Folk, Country Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter Mama Cass Elliot Eutaw, AL Colvin, Jimmy Jazz Saxophone Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker Eutaw, AL Comer, Lavergne E. Jazz Piano Birmingham, AL Commodores Rock, Pop, Soul, Funk Group The Jackson 5 1967 Tuskegee, AL Compton, Keith R&B, Country Engineer Clarence Carter, The Kendalls Muscle Shoals, AL Conan, Paul B. Jazz Trombone Fess Whatley Birmingham, AL Connell, Bill Rock Drummer Allman Joys 9/18/48 Tuscaloosa, AL Conners, Gene (Mighty Flea) Jazz, R&B, Blues Trombone, Vocals Johnny Otis 12/28/30 Birmingham, AL Connor, Jim Rock, Folk Harmonica, Guitar, Vocals Kingston Trio 6/12/38 Gadsden, AL Consolers Gospel Group Controllers Group Fairfield, AL Cook, Jeff Country Guitar Alabama 8/27/49 Fort Payne, AL Cooper, Dick Rock, R&B Administrative Eddie Hinton, Barry Beckett 1/26/46 Birmingham, AL Sheffield, AL Cooper, Harrison Jazz Piano Benny Goodman, Count Basie 1914 Birmingham, AL Cooper, Raymond Country Vocals Mobile, AL Copeland, Miles Jazz Erskine Hawkins, Glen Miller Birmingham, AL Costner, Jean Christian Vocals Birmingham, AL Couch, Tommy Rock, R&B, Gospel, Blues Producer Malaco Records Tuscumbia, AL Countryman, Dewey L. Marching Band Conductor Band Masters Hall of Fame 1980 10/17/23 Gadsden, AL Countryman, Jerry L. Marching Band Conductor Band Masters Hall of Fame 1983 11/5/32 Attalla, AL Decatur, AL Cowart, James L. (Jimmy) Marching Band Conductor Band Masters Hall of Fame 1976 McWilliams, AL Athens, AL Cox, Mary Anthony Classical Piano Julliard School of Music Montgomery, AL Craig, Rona Country, Jazz, Blues B'ham Heritage Band 12/1/49 Walker Co., AL Birmingham, AL Crawford, Anthony Country, Rock Guitar Neil Young, Dwight Yoakam Birmingham, AL Crawford, Ollie R&B, Blues Vocals, Guitar Big Three Trio 12/17 Mobile, AL Crimes, Russell Louis R&B Trumpet James Brown 8/12/48 Huntsville, AL Crisler, Brad Country Songwriter 1971 Town Creek, AL Crowder, Monte Country Fiddle 1914 Huntsville, AL Crowe, Greg Gospel Tenor Vocals Blackwood Quartet, Southmen Tuscaloosa, AL Culpepper, Alan Country Guitar Ray Price, Ernest Tubb Libertyville, AL Cunningham, Victor Jazz Piano Birmingham, AL Curtis, Mike Gospel, Country Vocals, Songwriter Marty Rabon Tuscumbia, AL Cutlip, Randy Gospel, Rock Keyboards Three Dog Night Sheffield, AL
Back to Music Achievers Index