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MUSIC ACHIEVERS




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TOMMY JACKSON - Birmingham, Alabama
-Nashville session fiddler on every major star of the 50's & 60's
-Virtually invented the standard Country fiddle back-up style
-Early 1950's had a string of hit albums that stimulated the square dance craze

SONNY JAMES-- Hackleburg, Alabama
-Earned the distinction as the "Country Artist of the Decade" in the 1960s
-1st country recording artist honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
-Performed on shows with Ed Sullivan and Bob Hope

DAVID JOHNSON - Sheffield, Alabama
-Engineer for Quin Ivy at Quinvy Studio
-Purchased studio from Ivy and renamed it Broadway Sound
-Worked with Clarence Carter, Swamp Dog, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Supremes, The Commodores, Leslie Uggams, Kenny Price
-Executive Director of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame

DEXTER JOHNSON - Sheffield, Alabama
-Member of the Blue Seal Pals
-Built the first recording studio in the Muscle Shoals area making first recordings on Tanya Tucker, Sue Richards, & Melba Montgomery
-Played bass on Dave Gardner's "White Silver Sands"

HOWARD JOHNSON - Montgomery, Alabama
-Baritone saxophone & tuba
-Played with Hank Crawford, Gil Evans, Buddy Rich, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, and Paul Butterfield

JIMMY JOHNSON-- Sheffield, Alabama
-Guitarist with Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section
-Founder of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios
-Producer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, co-producer Paul Simon, Bob Seger, Billy Vera, and many others.

JAMES JOINER-- Florence, Alabama
-One of the founders of the Muscle Shoals Music Industry
-Began the first record company and the first publishing company in the state

JIMMY JONES - Birmingham, Alabama
-Beginning as an R&B doo-wop singer he became a rock n roll star in the early 60's.
-Piercingly high falsetto vocals
-Wrote and recorded "Handy Man"

JO JONES - Birmingham, Alabama
-Drums in the "All American Rhythm Section" for Count Basie
-His innovations were very influential

IRENE JORDAN - Birmingham, Alabama
-Soprano
-Awarded the 1959 Ford Foundation Grant
-Performed with the Metropolitan Opera

BILL JUSTIS - Birmingham, Alabama
-Saxophonist/arranger/producer
-Created classic rock n roll instrumental, "Raunchy"

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AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Jackson, JayCountryBassWillie Nelson, Waylon JenningsHenegar, AL
Jackson, JudgeSacred HarpVocals, Songwriter3/12/18834/7/58Orion, ALOzark, AL
Jackson, LouvetteBluesVocalsSpivey Records19462/18/88AL
Jackson, TommyCountryFiddleHank Williams, Ray Price3/31/2612/9/79Birmingham, AL
James Brown Gospel SingersBlack GospelGroup1969Northport, AL
James, AugustaGospelVocalsRocket City Harmonizers10/31/55Madison County, AL
James, RolandCountryGuitarSun Records1934AL
James, SonnyCountryVocalsaka Jimmy Loden5/1/29Hackleburg, AL
Jarnigan, Bill AdministrativeMuscle Shoals Music Assoc.12/31/1948 Franklin Co., AL 
Jaxon, Frankie "Half Pint"JazzVocals, SongwriterVocalion/Brunswick Records2/3/1895Montgomery, AL
Jefferson, ViolaVocals7/11/16AL
Jenkins, GusBlues, R&BPiano, Vocals, ProducerFrank "Honeyboy" Patt3/24/3112/85Birmingham, AL
Jenkins, Harry E.CountryAdministrativeVP RCA Records19183/9/87AL
Jenkins, John "Bobo"BluesVocals, Guitar1/7/168/14/84Forkland, AL
Jett, Antha BellCountryVocalsHank Williams' daughter1/6/53Montgomery, AL
Jetter, Claude Rev.GospelVocalsSwan Silvertones1914Montgomery, AL
John Daniel QuartetGospelGroupBoaz, AL
Johnny CluelessRockGroupAL
Johnson FamilyCountryGroup1906Sand Mountain, AL
Johnson SistersGospel, CountryGroupWillie Nelson, Ernest TubbBirmingham, AL
Johnson, AndreaGospelVocalsMobile, AL
Johnson, BirchJazz, R&BTromboneTuscaloosa, AL
Johnson, ButchCountry, Rock, R&BEngineerBroadway Sound, AMHOF11/19/51Sheffield, AL
Johnson, DamonRockGuitar, VocalsBrother Cane1965Geraldine, AL
Johnson, DavidCountry, Rock, R&BEngineer, Studio OwnerBroadway Sound, AMHOF5/28/50Sheffield, AL
Johnson, DerrickTraditionalComposerEpcot Center - SoundtrackMontgomery, AL
Johnson, DexterCountryBass, GuitarBlue Seal Pals4/27/18Belmont, MOSheffield, AL
Johnson, HowardJazz, BluesTubaTaj Mahal8/7/41Montgomery, AL
Johnson, James "Tim"OperaVocalsMetropolitan OperaPort Sulphur, LADecatur, AL
Johnson, JayRockGuitarLynyrd SkynyrdSheffield, AL
Johnson, JimmyR&B, Rock, Country, PopGuitarMSS Rhythm Section2/4/43Sheffield, AL
Johnson, Larry C.CountryVocalsFort Payne, AL
Johnson, MarkCountryBassBill Anderson, Kitty WellsMontgomery, AL
Johnson, MikeCountrySteel Guitar, DobroBill Anderson, Kitty WellsMontgomery, AL
Johnson, RolandCountryVocals, SongwriterEarl Nunn, Slim LayAL
Johnson, RozettaR&BVocalsTuscaloosa, AL
Johnson, WilliamJazzPianoFess Whatley, B'ham HeritageBirmingham, AL
Johnston, JoMilitary, ClassicalComposerU.S. Army5/19/31Ozark, AL
Joiner, JamesCountry, PopSongwriter, PublisherBobby Denton, AMHOF BoardFlorence, AL
Jones, AliceGospelVocals, PianoDinah Washington's mother1905Tuscaloosa, AL
Jones, ClarenceR&BPromoterSalt-N-Pepa, Luther VandrossHuntsville, AL
Jones, DeanPopVocalsMoviesDecatur, AL
Jones, Gary R.GospelVocalsGold City9/16/62Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Jones, GeorgeClassicalClarinetEvergreen, AL
Jones, JimmyR&B, RockVocalist, Songwriter6/2/37Birmingham, AL
Jones, Johnathan "Jo"JazzDrumsCount Basie, Benny Goodman10/7/11Birmingham, AL
Jones, Johnny "Chance"CountrySongwriterGadsden, AL
Jones, RhubarbCountryRadio DJMontgomery, AL
Jones, RuthJazz, BluesVocalsaka Dinah Washington8/29/24Tuscaloosa, AL
Jones, Steven DaleCountrySongwriterHamilton, AL
Jordan, IreneOperaVocalsMetropolitan OperaBirmingham, AL
JousR&BGroupTuscaloosa, AL
Judkins, KennethJazzTromboneCleve Eaton, B'ham HeritageBirmingham, AL
Justis, BillCountry, RockSongwriter"Raunchy"10/14/26Birmingham, AL

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