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JOEL RANEY - Anderson, Alabama
-1993 Silver Cleo and Gold Mobius Awards for American Airlines TV Commercial
-Associate conductor of "Me & My Girl" on Broadway
-Awarded Joseph Jefferson Award for best musical direction

NELL RANKIN - Montgomery, Alabama
-At the Zurich State Opera in one year she gave 126 performances in 16 roles
-Joined the Metropolitan Opera in 1951

RED, WHITE, & BLUE(GRASS) - Birmingham, Alabama
-Formed in 1969 by Grant & Ginger Boatwright and Dale Whitcomb. Later members included Norman Blake and Dave Sebolt
-1973 Country hit "July You're a Woman"

MARTHA REEVES-- Eufaula, Alabama
-Martha and the Vandellas, her powerful backup group, spent their early years at Motown backing up lead singers like Marvin Gaye
-Cut their first big solo charter "Come and Get These Memories" in 1963
-Created some of the most memorable dance and party favorites of the 60s like "Heat Wave,""Nowhere to Run," "Jimmy Mack," and their unforgettable signature tune, "Dancing In The Streets"

SUE RICHARDS - Muscle Shoals, Alabama
-Sun label recording at age 11as Maggie Sue Wimberly, only the 3rd female act on the label
-Biggest hit "Sweet Sensuous Feelings" in 1976
-Toured for many years as background vocalist with Tammy Wynette

LIONEL RICHIE-- Tuskegee, Alabama
-Wrote and produced the USA For Africa event "We Are The World"
-Currently holds the record for having a number one record for nine consecutive years
-Became the first recording artist to win a Grammy and an Academy Award for two different songs in the same year

JIMMIE RODGERS-- Geiger, Alabama
-Known as the "Father of Country Music," "The Singing Brakeman," and "The Blue Yodeler"
-One of the first three individuals inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

WILLIE RUFF - Sheffield, Alabama
-Professor of music at Yale University
-Joined Lionel Hampton's band before forming the Mitchell-Ruff Duo in the 1950's
-Duo was the first jazz ensemble to perform in the Soviet Union

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AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Radio ToykoRockGroupMuscle Shoals, AL
Raines, LeonCountryMobile, AL
Rainey, Willie GuyBluesVocals, Guitar4/17/01Calhoun City, AL
Rainy, LeonDothan, AL
Randolph, H.L. "Raleigh"JazzVocalsBirmingham, AL
Randolph, James "Jimmy"JazzVocalsAlabama Jazz Hall of FameBrewton, AL
Ranelli, Sam C.JazzDrumsBirmingham, AL
Raney, JoelBroadwayPiano, ConductorCommercials for Coca-Cola1960Anderson, AL
Range, BobJazzTromboneErskine Hawkins BandBirmingham, AL
Rankin, NellOperaVocalsMetropolitan OperaMontgomery, AL
Rankin, SylvesterBlues12/16/32Evergreen, AL
Raybon, MartyCountry, ChristianVocalsShenandoah12/8/59Sanford, FLTuscumbia, AL
Redd, JerryGospel, OperaVocalsSpeer Family, Stamps Quartet6/22/36Etowah Co., AL
Reed, Jimmy "Little"BluesHarmonica, Guitar, Vocalsaka Leon AtkinsBirmingham, AL
Reed, John C.JazzSaxophoneFess WhatleyBirmingham, AL
Reed, RandyRockSailcat4/17/50Jasper, AL
Reed, RickRock, JazzDrumsSailcat, Taj Mahal11/24/54Tuscaloosa, AL
Reese, CarltonGospelSongwriter, ArrangerCivil Rights MovementWestfield, AL
Reese, HamptonJazzTrombone, ArrangerB.B. King8/288/94Birmingham, AL
Reeves, ChuckCountryFiddleVern Gosdin1932Jasper, AL
Reeves, HersheyCountry, BluegrassEngineer, SongwriterFront Porch BandHuntsville, AL
Reeves, MarthaR&BVocalsMartha & The Vandellas7/18/41Eufaula, AL
Reynolds, Evelyn CulverhouseOperaVocalsBirmingham, AL
Reynolds, LawrenceGospel, Country, PopVocals, Songwriter"Jesus Is A Soul Man"Pritchard, AL
Ribbon Of BlueRockGroupQuinvy Studio1966Muscle Shoals, AL
Rice, AubreyCountry, R&B, GospelLash Larue4/29/36Covington, TNAL
Rice, D.C. Rev.GospelVocalion Records18881973Barbour City, AL
Richards, JimmyCountryMuscle Shoals, AL
Richards, SueCountryVocals, SongwriterTammy Wynette1941Muscle Shoals, AL
Richardson, CindyCountry, Pop, R&BBackground VocalsCrystal Gayle, Muscle Shoals StudiosTNFlorence, AL
Richardson, JohnnieR&BJohnnie & Joe6/29/45Montgomery, AL
Richardson, WoodyCountry, GospelStudio Owner, ProducerWoodwich StudioLexington, AL
Richie, LionelR&B, PopVocalsCommodores6/20/49Tuskegee, AL
Rigel, MitchRock, Jazz, R&BDrumsGary Rossington, Lynyrd Skynyrd1961Decatur, AL
Riley, DougGospelDrumsGold City10/3/70Gadsden, AL
Riley, TimGospelBass VocalsGold City8/29/45Gadsden, AL
Riser, Nell TempleCountryVocalsElvis Presley, Joan Baez1949Pell City, AL
Risher, TomCelticDrumsUNA, Full Moon EnsembleFlorence, AL
Roberts, CaugheyR&BAlto Sax, ClarinetKid Ory, Roy Milton8/25/12Tuskegee, AL
Robertson, EdClassicalPiano, ComposerRichmond, VAMontevallo, AL
Robertson, VictoriaOperaVocalsCarnegie HallAnniston, AL
Robinson, McNealOrganBirmingham, AL
Robinson, RoscoeGospel, R&BVocals5/22/28Dumont, AL
Rodgers, JimmieCountryVocals, Guitar"Father of Country Music"9/8/18975/26/33Geiger, AL
Rodman, JudyCountryVocalsDecatur, AL
Roland, WalterBluesPianoLucille Bogan1970Pratt City, AL
Rorex, RickyBluegrassMandolin"1994 National Mandolin Champion"Stevenson, AL
Rose, CharlesR&B, Country, RockTrumpetMuscle Shoals Studios, Muscle Shoals HornsSheffield, AL
Ross, LewisRockDrumsWet WillieMobile, AL
Ross, MarkRapVocals2 Live Crew1967Attalla, AL
Rosser, Tolton C.JazzTrumpetLionel Hampton, B'Ham HeritageBirmingham, AL
Rowan, RustyGospelPiano, BassWilburnsBoaz, AL
Rowell, ErnieCountryVocals, SongwriterGeorge Jones, Ray PriceLoachapoka, AL
Ruff, WillieJazzFrench HornSheffield, AL
Rushing, RickPop, RockEngineerFAME, Bill LowerySheffield, AL
Russell, JennyCountrySongwriter10/8/41Red Bay, AL
Russell, Lucy HallmanClassicalVocals2/10/49Guntersville, AL
Russell, MaxRock, BluesGuitar, VocalsSheffield, AL
Rutherford, Bruce AlanCountry, Rock, JazzDrumsIan Tyson, Keith Whitley11/9/56Birmingham, AL
Rutledge, JimCountrySongwriterAL
Rymer, Robert N.Country, Jazz2/17/58Birmingham, AL

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