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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Achiever Style Instrument Worked With Date Of Birth Date Of Death Place Of Birth Home Radio Toyko Rock Group Muscle Shoals, AL Raines, Leon Country Mobile, AL Rainey, Willie Guy Blues Vocals, Guitar 4/17/01 Calhoun City, AL Rainy, Leon Dothan, AL Randolph, H.L. "Raleigh" Jazz Vocals Birmingham, AL Randolph, James "Jimmy" Jazz Vocals Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Brewton, AL Ranelli, Sam C. Jazz Drums Birmingham, AL Raney, Joel Broadway Piano, Conductor Commercials for Coca-Cola 1960 Anderson, AL Range, Bob Jazz Trombone Erskine Hawkins Band Birmingham, AL Rankin, Nell Opera Vocals Metropolitan Opera Montgomery, AL Rankin, Sylvester Blues 12/16/32 Evergreen, AL Raybon, Marty Country, Christian Vocals Shenandoah 12/8/59 Sanford, FL Tuscumbia, AL Redd, Jerry Gospel, Opera Vocals Speer Family, Stamps Quartet 6/22/36 Etowah Co., AL Reed, Jimmy "Little" Blues Harmonica, Guitar, Vocals aka Leon Atkins Birmingham, AL Reed, John C. Jazz Saxophone Fess Whatley Birmingham, AL Reed, Randy Rock Sailcat 4/17/50 Jasper, AL Reed, Rick Rock, Jazz Drums Sailcat, Taj Mahal 11/24/54 Tuscaloosa, AL Reese, Carlton Gospel Songwriter, Arranger Civil Rights Movement Westfield, AL Reese, Hampton Jazz Trombone, Arranger B.B. King 8/28 8/94 Birmingham, AL Reeves, Chuck Country Fiddle Vern Gosdin 1932 Jasper, AL Reeves, Hershey Country, Bluegrass Engineer, Songwriter Front Porch Band Huntsville, AL Reeves, Martha R&B Vocals Martha & The Vandellas 7/18/41 Eufaula, AL Reynolds, Evelyn Culverhouse Opera Vocals Birmingham, AL Reynolds, Lawrence Gospel, Country, Pop Vocals, Songwriter "Jesus Is A Soul Man" Pritchard, AL Ribbon Of Blue Rock Group Quinvy Studio 1966 Muscle Shoals, AL Rice, Aubrey Country, R&B, Gospel Lash Larue 4/29/36 Covington, TN AL Rice, D.C. Rev. Gospel Vocalion Records 1888 1973 Barbour City, AL Richards, Jimmy Country Muscle Shoals, AL Richards, Sue Country Vocals, Songwriter Tammy Wynette 1941 Muscle Shoals, AL Richardson, Cindy Country, Pop, R&B Background Vocals Crystal Gayle, Muscle Shoals Studios TN Florence, AL Richardson, Johnnie R&B Johnnie & Joe 6/29/45 Montgomery, AL Richardson, Woody Country, Gospel Studio Owner, Producer Woodwich Studio Lexington, AL Richie, Lionel R&B, Pop Vocals Commodores 6/20/49 Tuskegee, AL Rigel, Mitch Rock, Jazz, R&B Drums Gary Rossington, Lynyrd Skynyrd 1961 Decatur, AL Riley, Doug Gospel Drums Gold City 10/3/70 Gadsden, AL Riley, Tim Gospel Bass Vocals Gold City 8/29/45 Gadsden, AL Riser, Nell Temple Country Vocals Elvis Presley, Joan Baez 1949 Pell City, AL Risher, Tom Celtic Drums UNA, Full Moon Ensemble Florence, AL Roberts, Caughey R&B Alto Sax, Clarinet Kid Ory, Roy Milton 8/25/12 Tuskegee, AL Robertson, Ed Classical Piano, Composer Richmond, VA Montevallo, AL Robertson, Victoria Opera Vocals Carnegie Hall Anniston, AL Robinson, McNeal Organ Birmingham, AL Robinson, Roscoe Gospel, R&B Vocals 5/22/28 Dumont, AL Rodgers, Jimmie Country Vocals, Guitar "Father of Country Music" 9/8/1897 5/26/33 Geiger, AL Rodman, Judy Country Vocals Decatur, AL Roland, Walter Blues Piano Lucille Bogan 1970 Pratt City, AL Rorex, Ricky Bluegrass Mandolin "1994 National Mandolin Champion" Stevenson, AL Rose, Charles R&B, Country, Rock Trumpet Muscle Shoals Studios, Muscle Shoals Horns Sheffield, AL Ross, Lewis Rock Drums Wet Willie Mobile, AL Ross, Mark Rap Vocals 2 Live Crew 1967 Attalla, AL Rosser, Tolton C. Jazz Trumpet Lionel Hampton, B'Ham Heritage Birmingham, AL Rowan, Rusty Gospel Piano, Bass Wilburns Boaz, AL Rowell, Ernie Country Vocals, Songwriter George Jones, Ray Price Loachapoka, AL Ruff, Willie Jazz French Horn Sheffield, AL Rushing, Rick Pop, Rock Engineer FAME, Bill Lowery Sheffield, AL Russell, Jenny Country Songwriter 10/8/41 Red Bay, AL Russell, Lucy Hallman Classical Vocals 2/10/49 Guntersville, AL Russell, Max Rock, Blues Guitar, Vocals Sheffield, AL Rutherford, Bruce Alan Country, Rock, Jazz Drums Ian Tyson, Keith Whitley 11/9/56 Birmingham, AL Rutledge, Jim Country Songwriter AL Rymer, Robert N. Country, Jazz 2/17/58 Birmingham, AL
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