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Alabama Music Achievers


Alphabetical Achievers Listing

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4HIM - Daphne, Alabama
- After a three year stint in the vocal group Truth, group members Andy Chrisman, Kirk Sullivan, Mark Harris and Marty Magehee debuted as 4HIM in 1990.
- They were awarded the "Best New Artist of the Year" Dove Award in 1991.
- The group has produced 22 #1 songs, obtained seven Dove Awards and one Grammy nomination.
- Nominated for "Group of the Year" for six consecutive years, they have won the title three times

MARY FABIAN - Birmingham, Alabama
-1st to present a Grand Opera production in English in the South
-Debuted in Italy in "Madame Butterfly," which she sang over 100 times in that country
-1st opera singer to appear in movies with a cameo role in Lon Chaney's "Phantom of the Opera"

FAIRFIELD FOUR - Birmingham, Alabama
- Three of the group members were born in Jefferson County; baritone, James Hill is a native of Bessemer; lead singer, Willie Love is from Fairfield; the magnificent basser Isaac "Dickie" Freeman is originally from Johns, Alabama.
- Group ruled the South's black gospel quartet scene during the 1940's - 50's.
- Performed at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center.
- Awarded the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts

FAME RECORDING STUDIO - Muscle Shoals, Alabama
- Originally started by Tom Stafford, Billy Sherrill and Rick Hall as "Florence Alabama Music Enterprises"
- The sound coming from FAME was a unique blend of fundamental rhythm and blues and rock and roll, enhanced by a funky backbeat.
- World famous for the "Muscle Shoals" sound it's rhythm sections created

BILLY C. FARLOW- Decatur, Alabama
-Original member of Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
-Writer of band's signature song, "Lost In The Ozone"

MICHAEL FARROW - Montgomery, Alabama
- In the late 60's, was appointed Principal Trumpet with the Indianapolis Symphony.
- In 1972, he co-founded the first 16 track studio in Indiana and helped develop a thriving jingle industry in Indianapolis.
- His recording career includes mixing the music for numerous Hollywood soundtracks including the Academy Award winning soundtracks for "Beauty and the Beast," and "Aladdin."
- Recipient of 3M Lyra Awards, Cinema Audio Society Award for Outstanding Achievement as well as numerous gold and platinum records.

"FOXXY FATTS" aka SHERMAN CARSON - Birmingham, Alabama
- Known for performing with a toothpick in his mouth
- Traveled the world with the popular R&B group The Dominoes.
- He was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1998.

TERRY FELL- Dora, Alabama
-- Best known as writer and original artist to record the classic "Truck Driving Man"
- Co-wrote 1961 hit "You're the Reason" with Bobby Edwards
- Fell co-authored 20 lines of a song titled "Mississippi River" with Elvis Presley. The song was never finished or recorded but was sold at auction in 1996 for $30,000.

"RIVERBOAT" JOHN FERGUSON - Blountsville, Alabama
- "A true American Minstrel."
- He has developed a unique style as a singer, banjo player, and master storyteller.
- He has recorded several albums, written and produced movie sound tracks, performed with symphonies, and written numerous educational programs for teachers and students.

BERNARD FLOOD - Montgomery, Alabama
- Studied music at Tuskegee Institute, Atlanta.
- Trumpet with Teddy Hill (1933 5). Brief spells with Chick Webb and Luis Russell, with Charlie Johnson (1936 7). Edgar Hayes (1937 8) including tour of Europe, then with Louis Armstrong from summer of 1939 until 1940. With Jimmy Reynolds in New York (Spring 1941), rejoined Louis Armstrong (1942 3).

EDDIE FLOYD - Montgomery, Alabama
-Member of the late-50s harmony group, the Falcons
-Wrote and recorded "Knock on Wood", which was later recorded 64 times by singers such as Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and Amii Stewart
-Also wrote the classic "634-5789"

HAROLD FLOYD - Pritchard, Alabama
- Played bass for Gatemouth Brown for 18 years.
- Has toured most of Europe and the U.S., as well as New Zealand and Japan.
- An accomplished songwriter as well as a gifted musician.

V. O. FOSSETT - Dekalb County, Alabama
- Renowned for his thoroughness in gospel song work.
- He was a teacher, an accompanist, a member of the Baxter Quartet, a writer of hundreds of songs, and editor-in-chief of song books published by the Stamps-Baxter Company.

THE FOSTER FAMILY STRING BAND - Florence, Alabama
-- Named "String Band of the Year" for five consecutive years by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America
- The members of the Foster Family captured the title of "Championship Band of the Upper Cumberlands".
- Will Foster was named the "Most Promising Bass Player in the United States" (under 18), and Dr. Bill Foster garnered thirty three championship titles in old time banjo and bluegrass banjo.

R. C. FOSTER - Lowndes County, Alabama
- In 1915, established the first black spiritual quartet in Jefferson County, the Foster Singers
- The Foster Singers were content to sing for the pure enjoyment of singing and never demanded a fee when they performed at churches and other gatherings.
- The quartet continued to sing until the 1950s.

SAM "HIGH C" FOSTER - Birmingham, Alabama
- Nickname, "High C," was a tribute to his skill in playing his trumpet in the upper-register.
- A professional musician featured with the internationally acclaimed Ringling Brother's Band, he was able to read music fluently.
- Foster was bandmaster at Tuggle Institute. This was the first endeavor to teach music in a black school in the Birmingham area outside of the church.
- Tuggle Institute gained a reputation as one of the best schools in the State.
- John T. Whatley was one of his students.

GREG FOWLER - Fort Payne, Alabama
- Road manager for the group Alabama
- Co-writer of Alabama songs: "Fallin' Again" (#1, 1988), "How Do You Fall In Love" (#2, 1998), "Sad Lookin' Moon" (#2, 1997), and "Dancin' and Shaggin' On the Boulevard" (#3, 1997).

CHARLIE FOX - Mobile, Alabama
- Songwriter, producer and singer who hit the charts during the 1960s and 1970s.
- He and his sister, Inez, were one of the first R&B acts to tour European clubs in the '60s
- The duo's hit "Mockingbird" hit the top 10 on Billboard music chart in June 1963.
- Garnered a Grammy nomination as songwriter in 1970 when the record went to the No. 1 spot as recorded by Carly Simon and James Taylor.
- In 1996, he was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

JOE L. FRANK - Mt. Rosel, Alabama
-Manager and promoter who popularized the Singing Cowboy through artists like Gene Autry and Pee Wee King and the Golden West Cowboys
-Managed and developed the careers of Amos and Andy
-Combined radio with personal appearances to develop acts such as Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, and Minnie Pearl

CAT FREEMAN - Fyffe, Alabama
- Unique tenor voice.
- He sang with some of the nations top male quartets: Walley Fowler's Oak Ridge Quartet, The All Star Quartet, The Blackwood Brothers and the Statesmen Quartet.
- Older brother to Vestal Goodman of the Happy Goodman Family

"FIDDLING" TOM FREEMAN - Bug Tussle, Alabama
- A plain, old fashioned fiddler whose personality and antics made him well known in Cullman, Walker and surrounding counties.
- He would fiddle for political candidates and fiddle people out of trouble.

DONNIE FRITTS - Florence, Alabama
- Musician & songwriter in the early days of the Muscle Shoals recording industry
- Toured as Kris Kristofferson's keyboard player for over twenty years
- Wrote "We Had It All" recorded by Ray Charles, Willie Nelson and many others,
- Also wrote "You're Gonna Love Yourself In The Morning", "Breakfast In Bed", and "Choo Choo Train".
- Appeared in three of Sam Peckinpah's movies, "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid", "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia", & "Convoy" as well as other movies including "A Star Is Born" and "Songwriter".

HOWARD FUNDERBURG - Birmingham, Alabama
- Led the 10 piece Howard Funderburg Orchestra during the 1930s.
- The Birmingham based orchestra was said to be second only to Fess Whatley's band in popularity.
- This band featured a number of the top young musicians, many attained prominence in the big bands of the era.


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