BILLY MADDOX - Sulligent, Alabama
- Maddox gave us one of the anthems of southern pride with his song "If Heaven Ain't Like Dixie", recorded by Hank Williams, Jr. in 1982.
- Other hits have included "What She Wants," a Top 10 Hit by Michael Martin Murphey in 1985 and the Top 5 Hit "She Couldn't Love Me Anymore" by T. Graham Brown in 1987.
ROSE MADDOX - Boaz, Albama
- Began her singing career at age eleven when she joined with her brothers to form The Maddox Brothers and Rose. The group would become known as "the most colorful hillbilly band in America."
- The music the band played was a raucous and exuberant mixture of folk music, hillbilly music, gospel, jazz, swing and boogie-woogie. It not only influenced later country music but even helped lay the groundwork for rock 'n roll.
- Their flashy stage costumes, featuring embroidered cowboy/Mexican garb, became a trademark for the band and defined country costuming for a generation.
- Rose is a country music pioneer whose six decade career paved the way for other women artists.
- Maddox was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1997.
-Scored 15 country hits between 1947-64
-Influenced many other female singers
PATTI J. MALONE - Athens, Alabama
- Born into slavery in 1855 she possessed a rich mezzo soprano voice.
- In 1877, she became a member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers
- She toured the U.S. and Europe with the singers covering a period of six and one-half years
- She died on Jan. 20, 1897, in Omaha, Neb. the death notice, in part, stated: "It is safe to say that no woman of her race ever sang in so many different countries of the world as Miss Patti J. Malone."
BILL MANN - Bessemer, Alabama
- He has sung in more than 3,000 churches for audiences including four presidents, two prime ministers and the Queen of England.
- He won the National Federation of Voice's Young Artists Competition each year from 1937 to 1940.
- During World War II, Mann traveled as an entertainer and received a commendation from the president for selling $2 million in War Bonds.
- He worked with Abbott and Costello, Tyrone Power, Henry Mancini and Joe E. Brown.
AMERIGO MARINO - Birmingham, Alabama
- Music director and condu
- At age twelve, the youngest conductor to debut with the Berlin Orchestra.
- Marino was in the first violin section with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, later working with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
- He joined CBS television and radio as a composer and conductor where he worked with celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Sammy Davis, Jr.
- In 1963, Marino was selected along with three other young American conductors to attend the American Conductors Project sponsored by the Ford Foundation
- Marino has made guest appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, and the Orchestra del Estado de Mexico.
- Marino was awarded the ASCAP Award for Programming contemporary American Music in 1972 and again in 1977, and The Bell System Silver Baton Award in 1982.
HUGH MARTIN - Birmingham, Alabama
- Wrote "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," one of the Top 10 performed classics of all time, and "The Trolley Song" from the score of the MGM film "Meet Me In St. Louis."
- He did arrangements for the films "Girl Crazy," "Broadway Rhythm," "Presenting Lily Mars," and Broadway musicals such as "The Boys From Syracuse," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," and "Top Banana".
- He did scores for the Broadway musicals "Look, Ma, I'm Dancin'", "Make A Wish," "High Spirits," and for the London production of "Love From Judy".
- He worked with stars such as Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, June Allyson, Lena Horne, Ethel Merman, Carmen Miranda, Ed Wynn, Phil Silvers, Carol Channing, Eddie Fisher, Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller.
- Martin was twice nominated for Academy Awards - He was inducted into the Song Writers Hall of Fame in 1983.
- Inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2001.
TOMMY MARTIN - Florence, Alabama
- He is a musician, arranger, bandleader, record producer, promoter, agent, manager, club owner, music publisher, record company president, and Internet music retailer.
- Tommy Martin and His Orchestra toured the big band circuit for eight years before joining the Jimmy Dean Show as its touring orchestra.
- He has produced recordings by Roy Clark, La Toya Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Jr., the Jazz Rock Fusion group Chase, and managed the careers of Chase, Clark, The Ides Of March, Walt Johnson, and others.
- His talent agency Beacon Artist Corp. was a mainstay of the Chicago entertainment scene for over a decade
- During the 1970s he was an owner of one of the most significant nightclubs in the country, Chicago's Park West.
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
- In 1962 received a Fulbright Scholarship for work at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
- Mathes has served as adjunct professor of music and faculty artist at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
BUTLER "STRING BEANS" MAY - Montgomery, Alabama
- May was only fourteen years old when he set out from Montgomery with Will Benbow's Chocolate Drops Company, to perform at the Belmont Street Theater in Pensacola, FL.
- By age sixteen he was the brightest shooting star in the Southern vaudeville circuit.
- In theaters around the country he played to sell out crowds.
- He was a primary influence on the development of the blues. In his heavy Southern vernacular style, his pianologue and piano dance, his repertoire of original songs and parodic inventions; in his license and abandon, both on and off the stage, String Beans personified the unadulterated instincts of the blues.
AIMEE MAYO - Gadsden, Alabama
- Co-writer of the Lonestar hit, "Amazed." The song spent eight weeks at the top of Billboard's country singles chart, the longest period a song has spent at number one in 30 years. The song crossed over to top the pop charts, making it the first country song to accomplish such a feat since 1983.
- "Amazed" garnered the Academy of Country Music's (ACM) "Song Of The Year" award for 2000, and spent two years on BMI's list of the 50 most performed songs for 2000 and 2001. In addition, BMI awarded its writers the 32nd Robert J. Burton Award for being the most performed country song of the year. It received a Grammy nomination and was nominated for "Best Song" by the Country Music Association (CMA). Mayo was named BMI's "Writer Of The Year" for 2001.
- She has had her songs cut by such artists as Faith Hill, Deana Carter, Kenny Chesney, Jo Dee Messina, Tim McGraw and Chely Wright.
CORY MAYO - Glenco, Alabama
• Writer of the Kenny Chesney hit, "In a Small Town." Song written about his home town.
• Writer of the George Strait hit, "You'll Be There"
MAC MCANALLY - Sheffield, Alabama
- As a session musician, his guitar can be heard on recordings by Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton, Don Williams, Keith Whitley and Lyle Lovett
- Notable as a producer of artists ranging from Jimmy Buffett to Ricky Skaggs to Sawyer Brown.
- His guitar work and harmony vocals can be heard on albums by such luminaries as Lyle Lovett, Trisha Yearwood, Keith Whitley, Nanci Griffith, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, George Jones, Reba McEntire, Hank Williams, Jr., and Patty Loveless, among others.
- As a songwriter, McAnally has provided hits for Buffett "Its My Job," Alabama "Old Flame," Shenandoah "Two dozen Roses," Steve Wariner "Precious Thing," Sammy Kershaw "Southbound," Nanci Griffith "Nickel Dreams" and Sawyer Brown the Grammy nominated "All These Years."
- Song publisher and arranger and operates his own recording studio in Muscle Shoals, AL.
- As a live performer, McAnally alternates his solo shows with stints as a guest member of Jimmy Buffet's Coral Reefer Band.
JIM MCBRIDE - Huntsville, Alabama
-- His first hit song Conway Twitty's release of "A Bridge That Just Won't Burn". That same year he had his first number one hit "Bet Your Heart On Me" released by Johnny Lee and performed in the movie "Country Gold".
- He has reached number one with, "Rose In Paradise" by Waylon Jennings, "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow", "Someday", "Chattahoochee" and "Who Says You Can't Have It All" by Alan Jackson.
- Jim has had his songs recorded by superstars Alabama, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Brenda Lee, Charley Pride, Anne Murray, Reba McEntire, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Paycheck, Crystal Gayle, Mickey Gilley, Travis Tritt, Randy Travis, John Anderson, Patty Loveless, and many others.
- In 1994 "Chattahoochee" (co written with Alan Jackson) won the Country Music Association Award for "Song of the Year."
JERRY MCCAIN - Gadsden, Alabama
- Renowned harmonica bluesman
- His first record was "East Of The Sun," released in 1952. In the late 1950's he recorded and released several regional hits including "Courtin' In The Cadillac," "Run Uncle John, Run," and "My Next Door Neighbor."
- His biggest hit came in 1962 with the release of "Red Top," which was aired for several weeks on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand."
- Gained widespread recognition when The Fabulous Thunderbirds recorded his tune "She's Tuff" on their debut album
FLOYD McCLURE - Florence, Alabama
- He was band director at Coffee High School in Florence, AL from 1940 to 1972
- He was a charter member of the Alabama Bandmasters Association formed in 1939 and later served as Vice President and then as President from 1947 to 1948.
- He organized the first State Band Contest and the first All State Band and Choral Festival in 1947 held at the University of Alabama.
- He was a Charter Member, President and Vice President of the Alabama Music Educators Association. - McClure was Choir Director at the First Methodist Church in Florence and for 20 years Choir Director at Trinity Episcopal Church.
- Mr. McClure was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 1984.
CASTOR MCCORD - Birmingham, Alabama
- Tenor saxophone/clarinet
- From 1929 30 played with Louis Armstrong, Eubie Blake
- Regularly with Mills Blue Rhythm Band until journeying to Europe in band playing with "Blackbirds of 1934".
- Settled in Paris, played in band accompanying Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins.
- Toured India, Amsterdam, and Paris before returning to the U.S. in 1938
- Joined Benny Carter Big Band at Savoy early 1939, played with Eddie Mallory during following year. From 1941 until 1942 was a member of Claude Hopkins' Band.
- Left professional music in the 1940's
"PAPPY" NEAL MCCORMICK - Wing, Alabama
-- 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
- Developed a revolving steel guitar which featured four necks which would be tuned to different keys.
- 1st musician to play an electrified instrument on WSM radio
- Later moved to Nashville where he owned several recording studios and played recording sessions with many of the early greats of country music.
RANDY McCORMICK - Rogersville, Alabama
- Throughout the 1970s, worked as a pianist in various Shoals area studios, contributing his talent to the creation of countless hit records.
- He was a writer on "Suspicions," a number one hit for Eddie Rabbitt. The song was honored as the BMI "Country Song of the Year" in 1980 and won the "Robert J. Burton Award."
- Other songwriter credits include such classics as "Real Love," a number one duet recorded by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers; "Crazy In Love," a number one hit by Conway Twitty. "Crazy In Love" also went to the Top 10 when recorded by Kim Carnes and later by Kenny Rogers.
- He's had other of his songs recorded by Chet Atkins, Joe Cocker, Melissa Manchester, Dionne Warwick and many more.
BILL MCCORVEY - Montgomery, Alabama
- Lead vocalist, guitar player and songwriter for the Country-Rock group, Pirates of the Mississippi.
- 1991 voted "Top New Vocal Group" by the Academy of Country Music with success of single "Feed Jake" and "Speak of the Devil"
- As a songwriter two of his tunes for the group have hit the Top 40, "Speak of the Devil" at #29 and "Til I'm Holding You Again" at #22.
SAM McCRACKEN - Elkmont, Alabama
- "Mr. Sam" is considered the "spiritual father" of the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention
- He was the 1971 Tennessee Valley senior champion.
- He played an archaic version of "The Eighth of January," and his trademark tune, "Chuck a Luck." The latter was later recorded by renowned bluegrass fiddler Kenny Baker, who, like many other musicians, visited Mr. Sam in his Elkmont home and learned a few old tunes.
- The Library of Congress has a file containing 20 fiddle tunes played by "Fiddlin' Sam" McCracken.
WILL McFARLANE - Florence, Alabama
- He went on the road performing with Bonnie Raitt for six years as a guitar player.
- He also worked with Jackson Browne, and toured Europe with the Pointer Sisters, as well as Candi Staton.
- He has appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and "The Midnight Special," has performed at Carnegie Hall and has played on several gold albums.
- He played many Los Angeles studio sessions prior to moving to Muscle Shoals, AL in 1980 to continue with studio session work.
- Will has released several contemporary Christian albums and produced other artists.
GREG McPHERSON - Atmore, Alabama
- At age 15 he was a featured instrumental soloist in Europe, Russia and the Netherlands while on tour with the renowned U.S. Collegiate Wind and Heritage Band and Orchestra.
- He has toured with many of the great artists of our time - Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughn, Clark Terry, James Moody, Major Holly and many others.
- He has worked as lead and associate producer on production teams for recordings that have spawned several music awards, including the Grammys, American Music Awards, Emmys, Dove Awards and Soul Train Music Awards.
- He was producer for New Kids on the Block, one of the hottest young bands of the 1980s. His work gave the group their first Grammy, "Hanging Tough," and a live video.
STEVE MELTON - Florence, Alabama
- He was employed by Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Sheffield, AL from 1971 through 1980, then became self employed as a engineer/producer/mixer in major cities around the United States and Europe.
- His work as an engineer/mixer has been nominated several times for a Grammy (Etta James & Percy Sledge) and has received several Gold & Platinum Records (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, Glenn Frey, Art Garfunker, Sawyer Brown and Vaya Con Dios).
RANDY MILLER - Valley, Alabama
- Was with the Kingsmen Quartet for seven years during the 1990s
- He has received Singing News Fan Awards: Five time recipient for" Band of the Year" (Kingsmen), Nominated "Horizon Individual of the Year," Nominated "Favorite Musician" for seven years.
- Gospel Voice Magazine's Diamond Awards: Nominated Favorite Musician eight years, Nominated Favorite Soloist two years, Nominated "Sunrise Award" two years, Nominated "Album of the Year," Nominated "Song of the Year."
- He has recorded with The Kingsmen, The Talleys, Karen Peck & New River, Kirk Talley, The Kingdom Heirs, Gold City, KingsGold and many more.
LUCIUS "LUCKY" MILLINDER - Anniston, Alabama
- In 1933 he took a band to Europe as part of an all Black Revue.
- The following year he was named leader of the Mills Blue Rhythm Band which was a fixture at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem.
- In 1938 he took over the Bill Doggett band, until forming a band of his own in 1940.
- Among the musicians working in Millinder's group were Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Guy, Freddie Webster, Tab Smith, and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. Sister Rosetta Tharpe also gained recognition as the vocalist with Millinder's group during this time.
- Although he was not a musician, and could not read music, Millinder was an exceptional front man, conducting his bands with flair and showmanship.
- Millinder's band performed the music for the soundtrack of the 1940 film "Paradise In Harlem".
CHARLIE MONK - Geneva, Alabama
- He began a popular program of radio interviews and music, broadcasting from Nashville's music row.
- In 1977 took over CBS Songs taking it to the top in publishing in Nashville. Later with Opryland Music Group
- He has signed such acts as Randy Travis, Holly Dunn, Keith Stegall, Aaron Tippin, Kenny Chesney, Buddy Brock, and Chris Waters.
- As a songwriter his songs have been recorded by Jerry Reed, Eddy Arnold, Pat Boone, Jimmy Dean, Louise Mandrell, and Charlie Pride.
- Monk has won CMA and Gospel Music Association awards for his work in radio, CLIO awards for commercials and BMI & ASCAP awards as a songwriter.
- He is one of the founders of the Country Radio Seminar, is a member of the board of Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc., a member of the CMA, Academy of Country Music, Gospel Music Association, NARAS, NSAI, AFTRA, and Copyright Society of the South.
CARL MONTGOMERY - Florence, Alabama
- Part of the talented Montgomery family.
- Wrote two of the all time classic truck-driver songs, "Six Days On The Road" and "Give Me Forty Acres."
- "Six Days On The Road" has been released a total of 334 times, beginning with Dave Dudley in 1963 to Sawyer Brown in 1997.
- Others recording the song include, George Jones, Taj Mahal, Charley Pride, Emmylou Harris, Hank Snow, Commander Cody, George Thorogood and Steve Earle.
EARL "PEANUTT" MONTGOMERY - Florence, Alabama
- Earl, better known as "Peanutt", is the youngest of the Montgomery children.
- He was one of the first studio guitarists in the Muscle Shoals area, playing on the Arthur Alexander hit "You Better Move On", "Hey Everybody" by Tommy Roe, "Hooked On Music" by Mac Davis and many other hit records.
- He toured with George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Red Foley, Michael Landon, Cowboy Copas, Patsy Cline.
- He is best known, however, for his songwriting, having written or co written 38 of George Jones' singles, and the Country classics v"One Of These Days", "What's Your Mama's Name Child," "We're Gonna Hold On," "Loving You Could Never Be Better", and "Someday My Day Will Come"
- His songs have been recorded by other artists such as Tammy Wynette, Tanya Tucker, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Hank Williams, Jr., Barbara Mandrell, Johnny Paycheck, Jody Miller, Merle Haggard, Eddie Arnold, Mel Street, Jimmie Davis, Bobby Bare, David Houston, Sammie Smith, Freddie Hart, Connie Smith, Melba Montgomery (Earl's sister) and many others.
MELBA MONTGOMERY - Florence, Alabama
- At the age of 20, she joined Roy Acuff's band for four years before beginning a solo career with the release of her first singles "Happy You, Lonely Me" and "Just Another Fool Along The Way".
- In 1963 she joined with George Jones to release the timeless duet "We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds." The song was the first of many duets which she recorded with artists such as Charlie Louvin and Gene Pitney.
- As a solo artist, she released chart singles such as "Hall of Shame," "The Greatest One Of All," "Wrap Your Love Around Me," "He'll Come Home", and the chart topping "No Charge".
- She has recorded for a variety of record labels, and in the early 70s was the first country act signed to Elektra Records
CRIS MOORE - Florence, Alabama
• As a senior in high school, he had songs published at nearby Muscle Shoals Sound Studios.
• While a student at Lipscomb University in the mid-seventies, Moore has his first song in the Billboard country charts.
• In 1980, Moore broke into the country Top 40 with a single by Epic artist, Joe Stampley.
• In 1993, co-wrote "Tender Moment" with Lee Roy Parnell and Rory Bourke.
• Co-wrote "Heart's Desire" with Parnell, reached #1 and received BMI citation for over one million airplays.
• Co-wrote Tracy Lawrence and John Anderson's hit "Hillbilly With A Heartache".
JOHNNY MOORE - Selma, Alabama
- Joined The Drifters in 1954, a year after the group was formed, "Steamboat" was one of their 1950s hits.
- In 1961, after a stint of military service, Moore was invited to rejoin The Drifters. At the time, Rudy Lewis was lead singer, and Moore sang with him on "Sweets for the Sweet," "Up on the Roof" and "On Broadway."
- In 1964, Moore became lead singer with his high tenor voice, making "Under the Boardwalk" a Top Ten hit.
- In the 1970s, Moore took The Drifters to Britain, where they found new popularity. Among their hits from 1973 to 1976 were "Kissing in the Back Row of the Movies," "Down on the Beach Tonight" and "You're More Than a Number in My Little Red Book."
STEVE MOORE - Red Bay, Alabama
- Worked with Terry Woodford and Clayton Ivey at Wishbone Studio in Muscle Shoals. Steve started as an assistant but finally worked his way up to studio manager. He stayed at Wishbone Studio for three years.
- While at Wishbone, he worked with artists such as Hot, Mac McAnally, B.J. Thomas, Jim Stafford, Joe Simon, Brenda Lee, John Prine, George Jones, Hank Williams, Jr., and Johnny Taylor and many others.
- In 1978, Moore opened East Avalon Recording Studio. The studio was the site for recording by a variety of acts including The Forester Sisters, The Kendalls, Mac McAnally, Dobie Gray, George Jones, LeBlanc Carr, Johnny Paycheck, Narvel Felts, and Bruce Channel.
ALLISON MOORER - Chatom, Alabama
- Sister of Shelby Lynn
- Co-writer of "A Soft Place to Fall," which appeared in the Oscar-nominated film, The Horse Whisperer.
- The song received an Academy Award nomination for "Best Original Song" in 1999. Moorer sang the song on the Oscar telecast that year.
- Her 2003 duet "Pictures" with Kid Rock went to #1 on Billboard's "Top Country Sales" Chart.
JOE MORRIS - Montgomery, Alabama
- Toured with the college band led by the Trenier Twins.
- In 1942, joined Lionel Hampton's Orchestra, where he became a valued writer/arranger as well as a trumpeter.
- He remained with Hampton until 1946, when he briefly joined Buddy Rich's band before forming his own band.
- His composition "Shake A Hand" became a #1 Hit for Faye Adams in 1953.
LORRAINE MORRIS-BROWN - Huntsville, Alabama
- By the time she was 16, she had organized the "Millowtone Gospel Singers", the group was selected the Number One gospel group in the South.
- She had two top ten disco hits in the seventies before returning to her gospel roots.
- She was featured in the Vision Interfaith Satellite Network "This Is The Day", a program which chronicles the development of music in the African American church tradition.
- She appeared and sang on CTN's (Christian Television Network) "Morning Edition." Lorraine performed live at the 23rd Annual Dove Awards with recording artist Babbie Mason, Edwin and Walter Hawkins and Marylin McCoo as part of the Gospel Music Association's "Tribute to Black Gospel Music".
MARTY MORRISON - Florence, Alabama
- In addition to singing he plays piano, organ, lead guitar, bass guitar and tenor banjo.
- Toured with the Jerry Lee Lewis band for 8 years.
- In 1976, Marty was offered a job playing with Freddie Hart & the Heartbeats
- Wrote his first hit song with Freddie Hart, "Paper Sack Full of Memories," recorded on Capitol Records.
- While with the Heartbeats they were nominated "Group of the Year" in Country Music.
- After leaving the Heartbeats, Marty played on numerous recording sessions in Memphis and Nashville, backing up many of the top country music artists of the day.
T. B. MOSLEY - Boaz, Alabama
- He was the "back-bone" of gospel music on Sand Mountain.
- In addition to teaching, Mosley was actively involved in writing and publishing gospel music.
- He was employed by the publishing firm established by his teacher - the A.J. Showalter Company - as an associate editor, director, and finally editor-in-chief of the Music Department.
- His singing schools drew students from all over the Southeast including J.R. "Pap" Baxter, Vernie O. Fossett, John L. Shrader, Eugene Horton Whitt and Troy Daniel
GORDON MOTE - Alabama
- Plays keyboards on the road with Lee Greenwood and works with Porter Wagoner on The Grand Ole' Opry, on the road and in the studio.
- Gordon works as a studio musician in Nashville and has recorded with Jeff and Sheri Easter, Gaither Vocal Band, The Hoppers, Alan Jackson, Jill King, Kathy Mattea, John Michael Montgomery , The Oak Ridge Boys and many others.
JIMMY MURPHY - Republic, Alabama
- One of country music's most quirky singer-songwriters
- Murphy sang delightfully off-center songs about spirituality, morality, old age, current crazes, and extremely overweight or underweight girlfriends.
- Recorded during the 1950's with Anita Carter later in the 70's with Ricky Skaggs
- "Electricity" and "We Live a Long, Long Time" are considered classic recordings.
ROGER MURRAH - Athens, Alabama
- Considered one of Music City's most successful and respected songwriters and publishers.
- His credits range from Al Jarreau's pop smash "We're in This Love Together," to co-writing an entire Waylon Jennings album A Man Called Hoss.
- Since moving to Nashville in 1972, Murrah has chalked up recordings of his tunes by a long list of famous acts. Lee Greenwood's "Hearts Aren't Made to Break (They're Made to Love)," Kenny Rogers' "Love Is What We Make It," Conway Twitty's "A Bridge That Just Won't Burn," Steve Wariner's "Life's Highway," Oak Ridge Boys' "Ozark Mountain Jubilee," Alan Jackson's "Don't Rock The Jukebox," and Alabama's "I'm In A Hurry and Don't Know Why."
- In 1988 BMI named him "Songwriter of the Year".
- Ten of his songs have reached #1 on the charts and over two dozen have reached the Top 10.
- He has been President of the Nashville Songwriters Association, International and has served on the Board of Directors of the Country Music Association.
MUSCLE SHOALS HORNS - Muscle Shoals, Alabama
- Began as the Fame Studio horn section
- As session musicians they worked on many recordings made at a variety of studios in the Muscle Shoals area.
- Composed of Harvey Thompson, Ronnie Eades, Harrison Calloway, Aaron Varnell. Later Charles Rose and Gary Armstrong
- Toured extensively with Elton John in the mid 70's, playing on the famed "Philadelphia Freedom" recording, which also featured John Lennon.
- Toured with Parliament-Funkadelic during the 1970's
MUSCLE SHOALS RHYTHM SECTION - Muscle Shoals, Alabama
- Considered one of the finest studio rhythm sections in the world.
- Composed of Jimmy Johnson, rhythm guitar, Roger Hawkins, drums, David Hood, bass, and Barry Beckett, keyboards, the Rhythm Section was formed in 1967, playing sessions in New York, Nashville, and Muscle Shoals.
- In 1969 they set up their own recording studio, calling it Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. They were the first rhythm section in the U.S. to have their own recording studio, as well as publishing and production companies.
- They became world renown as the musicians, and or producers, on such classics as "Respect" by Aretha Franklin, "Mustang Sally" by Wilson Pickett, "Kodachrome" by Paul Simon, "I'll Take You There" by The Staple Singers, "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Seger, and many others.
- They have played on over 500 LPs, garnering over 75 gold and platinum LPs.
- Inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1995.
WARREN MUSGROVE - Alabama
- Musgrove started the Horse Pens 40 park with Its 250 million-year-old rock formations in 1961 as a nature attraction.
- In 1964 Emmylou Harris performed the first gig of her career at Horse Pens 40.
- 1966 featured The Country Gentlemen, with a young Ricky Scaggs.
- A 13-year-old Mark O'Connor was invited to Horse Pens 40 in 1969 and won the flattop guitar contest.
- Horse Pens 40 organized the first Bluegrass Festival in the U.S. in 1973, providing big names in bluegrass music, such as Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, Lester Flatt, Ricky Scaggs, Red Clay Ramblers, High Wood String Band, Norman Blake, Sam McGhee, Three On A String, Claire Lynch with her Front Porch String Band, and many others.
- In 1982, Horse Pens 40 was voted and recognized by IBMA as the "Number One Bluegrass Festival in America."