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ROSE MADDOX - Boaz, Albama
-With her brothers, the Maddox Brothers & Rose, known as "the most colorful hillbilly band in America"
-Scored 15 country hits between 1947-64
-Influenced many other female singers


HUGH MARTIN-- Birmingham, Alabama
-Wrote "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" which is one of the top 10 performed songs of all times
-Wrote songs for the hit movie "Meet Me In St. Louis" which starred Judy Garland

JERRY MASTERS--Sheffield, Alabama
-Played bass for Charlie Rich, Ronny and the Daytonas "Little GTO".
The Hombres who had the hit "Let It All Hang Out", Ace Cannon, and The Bill Black Combo.
-Recording engineer with FAME Recording Studios, Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and Criteria Studios in Miami, FL
-He engineered sessions on Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart, Paul Simon, Bob Seger,
Donny Osmond, Steve Winwood, Paul Anka, Wayne Newton, Kris KIristofferson, Johnny Rivers, Cat Stevens,
Boz Scaggs, J.J. Cale, Leon Russell, Percy Sledge, Candi Staton, Simon & Garfunkle, Dr. Hook, Mac Davis,
Andy Williams, Peter Yarrow, Traffic and many others

RACHEL MATHIS - Birmingham, Alabama
-Noted soprano with the Metropolitan Opera in New York
-Made her professional debut in 1965 in Basel, Switzerland as Aida

MAC MCANALLY-- Florence, Alabama
-Began his songwriting and musical career at age 19
-Hits written by McAnally include Alabama's "Old Flame," Jimmy Buffett's "It's My Job," and Ricky Van Shelton's "Crime of Passion"
-His guitar can be heard on recordings by Dolly Parton, Ricky Scaggs, Don Williams, Keith Whitley, and Lyle Lovett

JIM MCBRIDE - Huntsville, Alabama
-Songwriter of hits by Conway Twitty, Johnny Lee, Waylon Jennings, Alan Jackson, etc
-1994 CMA Song of the Year Award for "Chattahoochee"

JERRY MCCAIN-- Gadsden, Alabama
-Renowned bluesman
-Gained widespread recognition when The Fabulous Thunderbirds recorded his tune "She's Tuff" on their critically acclaimed debut album

CASTOR MCCORD - Birmingham, Alabama
-Tenor saxophone/clarinet with Mills Blue Rhythm Band, Louis Armstrong, Eubie Blake
-Toured India, Amsterdam, and Paris

-Early pioneer of country music, innovator in the development of the steel guitar, and leader of the band which was the training ground for young Hank Williams
-1st musician to play an electified instrument on WSM radio

BILL MCCORVEY - Montgomery, Alabama
-Lead vocals and guitar with Pirates of the Mississippi
-1991 voted Top New Vocal Group with success of single "Feed Jake" and "Speak of the Devil"

LUCIUS "LUCKY" MILLINDER - Anniston, Alabama
-Band leader of the Mills Blue Rhythm Band at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem in 1930's
-Formed his own band in the 40's with Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Guy, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe

CHARLIE MONK - Geneva, Alabama
-In 1977 took over CBS Songs taking it to the top in publishing in Nashville. Later with Opryland Music Group
-His own songs have been recorded by Jerry Reed, Eddy Arnold, Charlie Pride, etc

-Session guitarist at Fame Studio in early 60's
-Toured with George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Red Foley, Patsy Cline
-Best known for songwriting - 38 of George Jones' singles

MELBA MONTGOMERY - Florence, Alabama
-Began career as lead vocalist with Roy Acuff
-Duets with George Jones and later Charlie Louvin produced numerous hits during the 1960's & 70's
-Solo projects brought hits like the1974 #1 "No Charge"

STEVE MOORE - Red Bay, Alabama
-Recording engineer at Wishbone Studios
-Opened East Avalon Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals and recorded The Kendalls, Dobie Gray, George Jones, Johnny Paycheck

ALLISON MOORER - Chatom, Alabama
-Scored recognition with "A Soft Place to Fall" on the Horse Whisperer movie soundtrack
-Sister of Shelby Lynn

JOE MORRIS - Montgomery, Alabama
-Writer/arranger as well as a trumpeter
-Played with Lionel Hampton & Buddy Rich
-Solo work produced hits, "Shake A Hand" and "I'll Be True"

JIMMY MURPHY - Republic, Alabama
-Country/Rockabilly artist
-Recorded during the 1950's with Anita Carter later in the 70's with Ricky Skaggs

ROGER MURRAH - Athens, Alabama
-1988 BMI "Songwriter of the Year"
-#1 songs include: "Don't Rock the Jukebox," "High Cotton," "I'm In A Hurry And Don't Know Why," "This Crazy Love," "Southern Star"

MUSCLE SHOALS HORNS - Muscle Shoals, Alabama
-Began as Fame Studio horn section
-Composed of Harvey Thompson, Ronnie Eades, Harrison Calloway, Aaron Varnell. Later Charles Rose and Gary Armstrong
-Toured with Elton John and Parliament-Funkadelic during the 1970's

-Formed in 1967 while players at FAME Studios
-World renown studio session musicians
-Played on over 50 gold & platinum records

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AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
MacLeod, MarleeFolkVocals, Guitar, Piano1966Fort Payne, AL
Macon, AlbertBluesVocals, GuitarRobert Thomas2/15/205/12/93Macon City, AL
Maddox, BillyCountrySongwriterSulligent, AL
Maddox, CalCountryVocals, Guitar, HarmonicaMaddox Brothers & Rose11/3/151968Boaz, AL
Maddox, CliffCountryVocals, Guitar, MandolinMaddox Brothers & Rose19121949Boaz, AL
Maddox, DonCountryVocals, FiddleMaddox Brothers & Rose12/7/22Boaz, AL
Maddox, FredCountryVocals, BassMaddox Brothers & Rose7/3/1910/29/92Boaz, AL
Maddox, HenryCountryVocals, Mandolin, GuitarMaddox Brothers & Rose3/19/281974Boaz, AL
Maddox, RoseCountryVocals, Bass, Snare DrumThe Maddox Brothers & Rose8/15/254/15/98Boaz, AL
Magnolia HighwayCountryGroupOpelika, AL
Mahan, daVetteR&B, GospelVocals1968Tuscaloosa, AL
Malone, J.J.R&BVocals, GuitarGalaxy Reocrds, Red Lightin'8/20/35Peets Corner, AL
Malone, Patty J.GospelVocalsAthens, AL
Maltese, JohnClassicalViolinJascha Heifetz1930ItalyBirmingham, AL
Mann, BillGospelVocals4 Presidents, Queen of EnglandBessemer, AL
MareeRap, R&BGroupDothan, AL
Marino, AmerigoClassicalConductorBirmingham, AL
Marlboro, JimCountryGuitar, VocalsCountry Boy EddieLincoln, NJRussellville, AL
Marshall, JackGospelPianoBlackwood BrothersTuscaloosa, AL
Martin, EddieJazzSongwriterRussellville, AL
Martin, HughBroadwayComposerJudy GarlandBirmingham, AL
Martin, TommyJazz, CountryProducerLaToya Jackson, Roy ClarkFlorence, AL
Masters, JerryR&B, Pop, RockEngineerMuscle Shoals StudiosMuscle Shoals, AL
Mathes, RachelOperaVocals, SopranoMetropolitan OperaBirmingham, AL
Matthews, BenjaminOperaVocals, Bass/BaritoneMetropolitan OperaPrichard, AL
Matthews, RaymondCountry, BluegrassVocals, GuitarMatthews, Wright & King10/13/56Centre, AL
May, ButlerBlues1917Montgomery, AL
Maye, Arthur LeeR&BVocalsCrowns12/11/34Tuscaloosa, AL
Mayo, DannyCountrySongwriterGadsden, AL
Mayweather, GeorgeBluesHarmonicaJ.B. Hutton9/27/28Montgomery, AL
McAdams, LandoGospelVocalsMcAdams Quartet8/31/07Millport, AL
McAnally, MacCountry, PopSongwriter,Vocals,ProducerSawyer Brown1957Red Bay, ALSheffield, AL
McBride, JimCountrySongwriterAlan JacksonHuntsville, AL
McBride, LarryCountryProducerAlabamaSheffield, AL
McBride, Rebecca LaneCountryVocalsWagnon SistersTuscumbia, AL
McCain, Jerry "Boogie"tBluesHarmonica, Vocals, Writer6/19/30Gadsden, AL
McCalister, DonCountryVocals, GuitarHuntsville, AL
McClelland, Billy EarlRock, BluesGuitarRock Killough1950Opelika, AL
McClung, Martha DickOperaVocalsBirmingham, AL
McClung, William D.RockVocalsaka "Willie D" of Wild BoyzDecatur, AL
McClure, CharlesJazzTrumpetFess WhatleyBirmingham, AL
McClure, Floyd C.Marching BandConductorBand Masters Hall of Fame 19848/28/14Oakley, ILFlorence, AL
McConnell, MaryannaPopVocalsaka Mary Wallace PooleTuscaloosa, ALEutaw, AL
McCord, Theodore "Castor"JazzTenor Saxophone, ClarinetLouis Armstrong, Benny Carter5/17/072/14/63Birmingham, AL
McCormick, Neal "Pappy"CountrySteel GuitarHank Williams10/3/09Wing, AL
McCormick, RandyCountry, R&B, PopKeyboards, SongwriterMuscle Shoals StudiosRogersville, AL
McCorvey, BillCountryVocals, GuitarPirates of the Mississippi7/14/59Montgomery, AL
McCorvey, EverettClassical, OperaVocals, TenorThe McCorveys, Metropolitan OpMontgomery, AL
McCoy, Robert "Bob"BluesVocals, Piano3/31/102/12/78Aliceville, AL
McCracken, MikeBluesGuitarJohnny Shines, Kokomo Blues BandTuscaloosa, AL
McCracken, Sam "Mr. Sam"CountryFiddle18881972Elkmont, AL
McCrary, Sam Rev.GospelVocalsFairfield Four1913Birmingham, AL
McDonald, WillardGospelVocals, PromoterCountry Boy EddieAshland, AL
McDowell, RogerCountryGuitar, VocalsTeddy Gentry, Jeff Cook, RandyFort Payne, AL
McDowell, RoyJazzVocals, DrumsGuy Lombardo, Jimmy Dorsey1916Florence, AL
McFarlane, WillPop, Rock, ChristianGuitar, VocalsMuscle Shoals StudiosFlorence, AL
McGee, Bo "Big"R&B, BluesHarmonicaLittle Whitt & Big BoEmelle, AL
McGuire, BudCountrySongwriterHamilton, AL
McGuire, MikeCountryDrumsShenandoahHamilton, AL
McIlwain, ShawnaCountryVocalsFruitdale, AL
McKinney, EdwardBluegrassMandolinMcKinney BrothersFt. Payne, AL
McKinney, JamesBluegrassBanjoMcKinney Brothers, Roy AcuffFt. Payne, AL
McKnight, BrianR&BVocals, ProducerBoyz II Men, Vanessa WilliamsHuntsville, AL
McLaughlin, JanetFolk, CountryVocals, SongwriterGuntersville, AL
McLeod, MacCountryRoanoke, AL
McMahon, William "Bass"Bass5/13/18Birmingham, AL
McNeir, RonnieR&BVocals, PianoCamden, AL
McPherson, Gregory AllenJazzComposer, ProducerAL St. Univ.Atmore, AL
Melton, StevePop, Rock, CountryEngineer, ProducerMuscle Shoals StudiosFlorence, AL
Microwave Dave & the NukesBlues, RockGroupHuntsville, AL
Mikell, OscarCountryGuitar, SongwriterCountry Boy Eddie1917Warrior, AL
Miller, CripJazzTromboneFess WhatleyBirmingham, AL
Miller, Nathaniel "Nate"JazzDrumsAL Jazz Hall of Fame19418/95Birmingham, AL
Miller, Rushton B.JazzTrumpet, ArrangerPaul BascombBirmingham, AL
Miller, WalterJazzTrumpetBirmingham, AL
Millinder, Lucius "Lucky"JazzBand LeaderMills Blue Rhythm Band8/8/009/28/66Anniston, AL
Mims, KennyCountry, RockGuitarMuscle Shoals & Nashville StudiosFlorence, AL
Mitchell, DeanCountryGuitar, VocalsHenagar, AL
Mitchell, GroverJazzTromboneCount BasieWhatley, AL
Mitchell, James H.JazzVocalsBirmingham, AL
Mitchell, JimmyJazzReedsErskine HawkinsBirmingham, AL
Mitchell, LymanJazzTrumpetAuburn Knights, Little Big BanFlorence, AL
Mitchell, Robert E.JazzTrumpetBirmingham, AL
Mock, Christie LynnCountryVocalsPorter WaggonerCoffee Springs, AL
Moll, Herman HelfrichMarching BandConductorBand Masters Hall of Fame 19761/27/18921957Macon, GATroy, AL
Moncrief, RobertCountryVocalsaka Bobby EdwardsAnniston, AL
Monk, CharlieCountryPublisherGeneva, AL
Monroe, IreneBluesPromoterB.B. King, Cab CallowayVernon, AL
Montgomery Symphony OrchestraClassicalOrchestraMontgomery, AL
Montgomery, AaronCountryGuitarHank WilliamsFlorence, AL
Montgomery, CarlCountrySongwriterJames JoinerFlorence, AL
Montgomery, CharleneCountry, GospelSongwriterEarl Montgomery3/24/47Hodges, AL
Montgomery, Earl "Peanutt"Country, GospelSongwriterGeorge JonesFlorence, AL
Montgomery, LeoJazzPiano11/9/07Allenton, AL
Montgomery, MelbaCountryVocals, Guitar, Fiddle10/14/38Iron City, TNFlorence, AL
Montgomery, MontyCountryVocals5/10/73Cloverdale, AL
Moody, JeanPopVocalsCherokee, AL
Moore, BobbyR&BTenor SaxophoneRhythm Aces7/17/30New Orleans, LAMontgomery, AL
Moore, Jess R.CountryFiddle1911Henagar, AL
Moore, JohnnyR&BVocalsDrifters1934Selma, AL
Moore, Michael PaulGospelVocalsThe String Band12/19/74Portland, MECullman, AL
Moore, SteveCountryEngineer, Studio OwnerEast Avalon StudiosRed Bay, AL
Moorer, AllisonCountryVocalsShelby Lynn's sisterChatom, AL
Morris, Joseph "Joe"R&BTrumpet, VocalsFaye Adams1922Montgomery, AL
Morris, LamarCountryGuitar, VocalsHank Williams, Jr.1939Red Level, AL
Morris, William Jr.Blues1/3/25Camden, AL
Morris-Brown, LorraineGospelVocalsHuntsville, AL
Morrow, MarvinCountry, GospelVocalsEarl "Peanutt" MontgomeryWaterloo, AL
Moss, CharlesJazzVocalsDuke EllingtonSelma, AL
Moss, FrancesChoralConductor, PianoDecatur, AL
Mostello, ErnestFolkFiddleaka "St. Clair County's Fiddler"1906Ashville, AL
Mullinax, LynnPopPiano10/16/254/20/94Anniston, AL
Munsey, Stan Jr.CountryKeyboards, SongwriterShenandoahSheffield, AL
Murphy, JimmyCountryVocals, Guitar10/11/256/1/81Republic, AL
Murrah, RogerCountry, PopSongwriter11/20/46Athens, AL
Murray, AlbertJazzWriterCount Basie5/12/16Nokomis, AL
Muscle Shoals HornsR&BGroupMuscle Shoals StudiosMuscle Shoals, AL
Muscle Shoals Rhythm SectionR&B, Rock, Pop, CountryGroupMuscle Shoals StudiosSheffield, AL
Muscle Shoals Sound StudiosR&B, Rock, Pop, CountryRecording Studio1969Sheffield, AL
Muse, Robert "Scooter"tBluegrass, CelticBanjoJake Landers, Full Moon EnsembleFlorence, AL
Myatt, FletcherJazzDrums, VocalsAL Jazz Hall of Fame5/21/22Selma, AL
Myers, Clay T.Country, PopWaycross, GAFlorence, AL
Myers, Stephen B.R&BPromoter, RadioAMHOF BoardMontgomery, AL

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