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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

-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"

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AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Cadek, OttakerClassicalViolin, Conductor1897Chattanooga, TNTuscaloosa, AL
Cain, BobJazz, GospelVocals, TrumpetThe Cane BreakersHartselle, AL
Cain, ChristopherBroadwayVocals, Piano1963Phenix City, AL
Cain, ThomasCountryPublisherBMIAthens, AL
Callins, JothanJazzTrumpet, VocalsSun Ra10/29/42Birmingham, AL
Calloway, HarrisonRock, R&B, Pop, Session MusicTrumpetMuscle Shoals HornsChattanooga, TNMuscle Shoals, AL
Calvert, JohnCountrySongwriter1965Florence, AL
Cameron, DuncanRock, Country, Pop, Session MGuitar, VocalsAmazing Rhythm AcesKillen, AL
Campbell, HeatherGospelAdministrativeSouthern Gospel Music Assoc.1/31/71Birmingham, AL
Cantrell, BillRock, Rockabilly, R&BFiddleCarl Perkins, Owner Hi RecordsHackleburg, ALFlorence, AL
Cardwell, JackCountryVocals, SongwriterMobile TV StationChapman, AL
Carmichael, James AnthonyRock, R&B, PopProducerMichael Jackson10/12/2010/6/82Harrodsburg, KYDecatur, AL
Carpenter, FrankJazzSaxophoneBirmingham, AL
Carr, PeteRock, R&B, Pop, SessionGuitarMSS Studio4/22/50Daytona Beach, FLMuscle Shoals, AL
Carrigan, JerryCountry, Pop, Session MusicianDrumsElvis PresleyFlorence, AL
Carson, ShermanJazzDrummeraka Foxxy Fatts1949Birmingham, AL
Cartee, AlCountryPublisherMuscle Shoals, AL
Carter, AlbertR&BGuitarCarter BrothersGarland, AL
Carter, ClarenceRock, Soul, R&B, BluesGuitar, Vocals1/14/36Montgomery, AL
Carter, EdnaRock, CountryBackground VocalsMuscle Shoals StudiosFlorence, AL
Carter, JerryR&BVocals, PianoCarter BrothersGarland, AL
Carter, Jimmy (Peanuts)GospelVocalsBlind Boys of Alabama2/11/32Jefferson City, AL
Carter, MaryGospel, Country, RockVocalsFlorence, AL
Carter, NellBroadway, R&B, GospelVocals9/13/48Birmingham, AL
Carter, RickRockGuitar, Vocals, KeyboardsTelluride BandSelma, AL
Carter, RomanR&BVocals, GuitarCarter BrothersGarland, AL
Carwile, DanielFolk, BluegrassFiddleFull Moon Ensemble1973Athens, AL
Casher, LeonClassicalVocalsCasher Philharmonic ChoirMobile, AL
Castleberry, JoelCountry, RockDrummerStone Pony w/ Linda RonstadtSection, AL
Caswell, MelvinJazzDrummerTN. State CollegiansBirmingham, AL
Caylor, WaylonCountrySongwriterWalt AldridgeAL
Chalker, Harold Lee (Curly)CountrySteel GuitarHank Thompson, Lefty Frizzell19334/30/98Enterprise, AL
Champion, HolliceCountryComedianaka Elmer FudpuckerDecatur, AL
Champion, JesseJazzVocalsAL Jazz Hall of Fame 1998Birmingham, AL
Chaney, WayneRock, Country, R&BTrumpet, VocalsLittle RichardMuscle Shoals, AL
Chapman, Beth NielsenCountry, FolkVocals, Songwriter1956Montgomery, ALMobile, AL
Chapman, MikeCountry, Session MusicianBass GuitarGarth BrooksSheffield, AL
Chappel, JimmyJazzTrumpet, Band LeaderPops Williams, Chuck ClarkBirmingham, AL
Charlie Brown's String BandBluegrassBand1925Tuscaloosa, AL
Cheatham, JimmyJazz, BluesTromboneJeannie Cheatham6/18/24Birmingham, AL
Chellman, Georgia TwittyCountryRadio1935Florence, AL
Chia, EnriqueClassicalPianoCachaoSelma, AL
Childre, LewCountry, Traditional, ComedyGuitar, VocalsGrand Ole Opry11/1/0112/3/61Opp, AL
Clark, ChuckJazzSaxophone, ReedsCootie WilliamsBirmingham, AL
Clark, Mary AliceJazzPiano, Accordian, VocalsFess WhatleyBirmingham, AL
Clark, Mattie MossGospelVocals1928Selma, AL
Clark, Roger AllenCountry, Rock, PopDrumsSteve Miller, Hank Jr.7/26/50Chattanooga, TNMuscle Shoals, AL
Clarke, Arthur (Babe)Jazz, Big Band, BluesSax (Tenor), ClarinetBenny GoodmanBirmingham, AL
Clarke, CharlesJazzSaxophoneCootie WilliamsBirmingham, AL
Clarke, Frank (Pete)JazzSaxophone, ClarinetLouis Armstrong, Teddy Wilson3/10/11April 1975Birmingham, AL
Clarke, Richard (Dick)JazzTrumpetNew York jazz sceneBirmingham, AL
Classics IVPopGroupBuie, Cobb, VenableAtlanta, GA
Claunch, QuintonCountryGuitarBlue Seal PalsFlorence, AL
Clayton, EdgarCountryGuitarBlue Seal PalsHamilton, AL
Clayton, KimberCountryVocalsBuddy Killen12/25/Montgomery, AL
Clayton, LeeCountry, Outlaw, ProgressiveGuitar, Vocals, WriterWaylon Jennings10/29/42Russellville, AL
Clayton, Robert F. Jr. (Rob)DrumsDB Records, Jody Grind19684/19/92AL
Clearwater, EddyBlues, RockGuitaraka Guitar Eddy, the Chief1/10/35Macon, MSBirmingham, AL
Clements, ZekeCountry, CowboyVocals, Guitar, Banjoaka The Alabama Cowboy9/9/113/5/63Empire, AL
Clemmons, FrancoisBroadwayVocalsMr. Roger's Neighborhood1945Birmingham, AL
Clifton, DennisCountry, RockVocalsFCCAL
Cline, CharlieBluegrass, CountryFiddle, Banjo, GuitarBill MonroeWVArly, AL
Cloninger, ClaireGospel, Pop, CountrySongwriterTanya Tucker, B.J. ThomasMobile, AL
CoastersR&BGroupBobby Nunn memberBirmingham, AL
Coates, Dorothy LoveBlack GospelVocalsGospel Harmonettes1/30/28Birmingham, AL
Cobb, Buell E.Sacred HarpVocalsCullman, AL
Cobb, J.R.Rock, PopGuitar, Bass, VocalsClassics IV, Atlanta Rhythm Se2/5/44Birmingham, AL
Cochran, Debi S.CountrySongwriterFort Payne, AL
Cofield, BillCountrySaxophoneSheffield, AL
Colburn, HowardCountryFiddle1921McCalla, AL
Cole, EddieJazzPiano, Bass, VocalsNat's older brother1910Montgomery, AL
Cole, GaryCountryCountry Boy Eddie9/9/51Oneonta, AL
Cole, Nat (King)Jazz, Pop, Jump Blues, SwingPiano, VocalsNat Cole Trio3/17/172/15/65Montgomery, AL
Coleman, Burl C. (Jaybird)BluesVocals, Harmonica5/20/18966/28/50Gainesville, AL
Coleman, EsauJazzPianoBirmingham, AL
Collier, MittyRock, Soul, GospelVocalsChess Records6/21/41Birmingham, AL
Collins, John ElbertJazz, New AgeGuitarElla Fitzgerald, Nat Cole9/20/12Montgomery, AL
Collins, Newton (Jay)Pop, CountryDrumsUNA Commercial Music7/18/98Chattanooga, TNFlorence, AL
Colson, BobFolk, CountryVocals, Guitar, SongwriterMama Cass ElliotEutaw, AL
Colvin, JimmyJazzSaxophoneDuke Ellington, Charlie ParkerEutaw, AL
Comer, Lavergne E.JazzPianoBirmingham, AL
CommodoresRock, Pop, Soul, FunkGroupThe Jackson 51967Tuskegee, AL
Compton, KeithR&B, CountryEngineerClarence Carter, The KendallsMuscle Shoals, AL
Conan, Paul B.JazzTromboneFess WhatleyBirmingham, AL
Connell, BillRockDrummerAllman Joys9/18/48Tuscaloosa, AL
Conners, Gene (Mighty Flea)Jazz, R&B, BluesTrombone, VocalsJohnny Otis12/28/30Birmingham, AL
Connor, JimRock, FolkHarmonica, Guitar, VocalsKingston Trio6/12/38Gadsden, AL
ControllersGroupFairfield, AL
Cook, JeffCountryGuitarAlabama8/27/49Fort Payne, AL
Cooper, DickRock, R&BAdministrativeEddie Hinton, Barry Beckett1/26/46Birmingham, ALSheffield, AL
Cooper, HarrisonJazzPianoBenny Goodman, Count Basie1914Birmingham, AL
Cooper, RaymondCountryVocalsMobile, AL
Copeland, MilesJazzErskine Hawkins, Glen MillerBirmingham, AL
Costner, JeanChristianVocalsBirmingham, AL
Couch, TommyRock, R&B, Gospel, BluesProducerMalaco RecordsTuscumbia, AL
Countryman, Dewey L.Marching BandConductorBand Masters Hall of Fame 198010/17/23Gadsden, AL
Countryman, Jerry L.Marching BandConductorBand Masters Hall of Fame 198311/5/32Attalla, ALDecatur, AL
Cowart, James L. (Jimmy)Marching BandConductorBand Masters Hall of Fame 1976McWilliams, ALAthens, AL
Cox, Mary AnthonyClassicalPianoJulliard School of MusicMontgomery, AL
Craig, RonaCountry, Jazz, BluesB'ham Heritage Band12/1/49Walker Co., ALBirmingham, AL
Crawford, AnthonyCountry, RockGuitarNeil Young, Dwight YoakamBirmingham, AL
Crawford, OllieR&B, BluesVocals, GuitarBig Three Trio12/17Mobile, AL
Crimes, Russell LouisR&BTrumpetJames Brown8/12/48Huntsville, AL
Crisler, BradCountrySongwriter1971Town Creek, AL
Crowder, MonteCountryFiddle1914Huntsville, AL
Crowe, GregGospelTenor VocalsBlackwood Quartet, SouthmenTuscaloosa, AL
Culpepper, AlanCountryGuitarRay Price, Ernest TubbLibertyville, AL
Cunningham, VictorJazzPianoBirmingham, AL
Curtis, MikeGospel, CountryVocals, SongwriterMarty RabonTuscumbia, AL
Cutlip, RandyGospel, RockKeyboardsThree Dog NightSheffield, AL

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