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JOHNNY SANDLIN-- Decatur, Alabama
-Joined Gregg and Duanne Allman in 1966 as the drummer for the Southern rock band The Hourglass
-Later became the recording engineer and producer for the Allman's
-Produced the Allman's "Brothers and Sisters" and "Win Lose or Draw"
-Also produced albums for Delbert McClinton, The Outlaws, Wet Willie and many more

RAY SAWYER-- Monroeville, Alabama
-Lead vocalist of Dr. Hook who sang "Sylvia's Mother" and "On The Cover of the Rolling Stone"

TOMMY SHAW-- Montgomery, Alabama
-Former member and songwriter of the rock group Styx
-Later joined Ted Nugent and Jack Blades to form the Damn Yankees

SHENANDOAH-- Muscle Shoals, Alabama
-Began as a house band in a local night club
-Shot to fame in the late 80s with number one hits like "The Church on Cumberland Road," "Sunday In The South," "Two Dozen Roses" and "Next To You, Next To Me"

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BILLY SHERRILL - Phil Campbell, Alabama
-Known for lavish orchestrated productions of Country music, "Countrypolitan"
-Producer of David Houston, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Charlie Rich, Johnny Cash etc.
-Co-wrote "Almost Persuaded" & "Stand By Your Man"

JOHNNY SHINES-- Tuscaloosa, Alabama
-World-renowned blues musician who has been declared a "Living Treasure" of Alabama
-Nominated for a Grammy, received the Chicago Blues Living Legend Award, inducted into the Delta Blues Museum, and awarded membership to the "Hot Club Du France"
-Gained fame as one of the innovators of the Chicago Blues Style

TERRY SKINNER - Detroit, Alabama
-Co-Wrote "Even the Nights Are Better" for Air Supply and "Touch Me When We're Dancing" for Alabama
-Produced The Forester Sisters with partner J.L. Wallace

PERCY SLEDGE-- Leighton, Alabama
-Got his start with hit "When A Man Loves A Woman" which was the first gold record ever released by Atlantic Records
-Other hits included "Take Time To Know Her," "Out in Left Field," "Cover Me" and "Warm and Tender Love"

CLARENCE "PINE TOP" SMITH - Troy, Alabama
-Credited with giving Boogie Woogie its name in his composition "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie"
-He was a pioneer who influenced a generation of musicians

KATE SMITH - Greenville, Alabama
-Best remembered for her booming soprano voice on "God Bless America" recorded in 1938
-Appeared on radio, in films, and with her own TV program in the early 1950's

SPEER FAMILY- Double Springs, Alabama
-1996 marked 75th Anniversary in Gospel Music
-Over 70 albums
- 5 Grammy Nominations
- 8 Dove Awards

TOM STAFFORD - Florence, Alabama
-One of the original shapers of the Muscle Shoals music scene
-Partners with Billy Sherrill and Rick Hall forming Spar Music - Publishing & Recording

CANDI STATON-- Hanceville, Alabama
-Received Grammy nominations in both rhythm and blues and gospel categories during her career
-Recorded the million sellers "Young Hearts Run Free" and "Disco Hit Victim"
-Shared the stage with Mac Davis, Diana Ross, Teddy Pendergrass, B.B. King, Little Richard, and Johnny Mathis

EDDIE STRUZICK - Sheffield, Alabama
-Writter of numerous pop and country hits, "Sharing the Night Together" Dr. Hook
-Vocalist on recordings with Dobie Gray, Mac Davis, Tony Joe White, Debra Allen

SULLIVAN FAMILY - St. Stephens, Alabama
-Bluegrass-Gospel group featuring hard-driving traditional sound highlighted by strong female lead voice and fiddle
-Marty Stuart began his career with group

GENE SULLIVAN - Carbon Hill, Alabama
-Member of Wiley & Gene, one of Country music's most successful duets of the late 1930's & 40's
-Co-wrote "Live and Let Live" and "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again"

SUN RA - Birmingham, Alabama
-Known as a pioneer in the use of electronic instruments
-Was among the first to incorporate films, unique lighting effects, vivid costuming and dance into his performances
-Career spanned over the history of jazz from the pre-swing bands to utterly free improvisation

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AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Sail CatRockGroupSheffield, AL
Sain, AaronCountrySongwriterFlorence, AL
Salvo, SammyPopVocalsBirmingham, AL
Samuels, Bonna M. Perine`JazzPianoBirmingham, AL
Sand Mountain BoysBluegrassGroupKilpatrick, AL
Sanders, JimCountryComedy, Writer18966/6/68South AL
Sandford, RichardJazzVocalsBirmingham, AL
Sandlin, JohnnyRockBass, Producer, EngineerAllman Brothers4/16/45Decatur, AL
Sanford, Joseph A.JazzTrumpetBama State CollegiansBirmingham, AL
Sawyer, RayCountry, RockVocalsDr. Hook2/1/37Monroeville, AL
Schuffert, BraxtonCountryHank WilliamsMontgomery, AL
Schulman, AlanCountryEngineerFlorence, AL
Scoby, LolaAdministrativeAlabama Music Hall Of Fame Exec. Dir.Muscle Shoals, AL
Scott, GeorgeGospelTenor Vocals, GuitarBlind Boys of Alabama3/18/29Notasulga, AL
Scott, JeraldJazz, DixielandClarinet3/8/?Falkville, ALBirmingham, AL
Scott, LeonJazzTrumpetLucky Millinder, Benny Carter8/15/04Demopolis, AL
Scott, PeggyR&BVocalsBen E. King, Ray CharlesOpp, AL
Scott, WilliamJazzGuitar, BanjoJazz DemonsBirmingham, AL
Scovil, Roszetta J.JazzVocalsBirmingham, AL
Scrivenor, GoveSongwriterAL
Seals, FranklinBluesMobile, AL
Seals, JimCountryGuitarShenandoahMuscle Shoals, AL
Sedberry, SteveFolkVocalsTuscaloosa, AL
Seibels, Fanny MarksClassicalMontgomery, AL
Seller, MarkPopVocals, DancerDecatur, AL
Selma, JoeR&BBassThe TemptationsAL
Senn, CharlesRockVocalsThe Rockets, James JoinerFlorence, AL
Senn, Royce "Tony"Country, GospelSongwriter, Guitar, VocalLash LaRue3/26/34Troy, AL
Seventh WonderR&BGroupTuskegee, AL
Sex Clark FivePopGroupHuntsville, AL
Shaul, LawrenceRockClassics IVMontgomery, AL
Shaw, TommyRockVocals, GuitarStyx, Damn YankeesMontgomery, AL
Shedd, HaroldCountryProducer, Studio OwnerAlabamaAL
Shelby Co. Big Four SingersGospelGroupAL
ShenandoahCountryGroupMuscle Shoals, AL
Shepherd, John "Mike"JazzDrumsArmed Forces BandSheffield, AL
Sherrill, BillyCountrySongwriter, Producer, SaxTammy Wynette, David Houston11/5/36Winston, ALPhil Campbell, AL
Sherrill, LeonCountry, Pop, RockHank Williams, Jr.Phil Campbell, AL
Shines, Candy MartinBluesVocalsJohnny Shines wifeTuscaloosa, AL
Shines, JohnnyBluesVocals, GuitarRobert Johnson4/25/154/20/92Frayser, TNTuscaloosa, AL
Shipp, Carter B.GospelVocal Teacher, PromoterAL State Gospel Singing Conv.AL
ShootersCountryGroupMuscle Shoals, AL
Shoves, William "Bill"BluegrassFiddleRiley Puckett1907Cherokee Co., AL
ShowdownCountryGroupMuscle Shoals, AL
Simmons, BlancheMarching BandConductorBand Masters Hall of Fame 1987Fairhope, AL
Simpkins, Lewis "Fess"Marching BandConductorBand Masters Hall of Fame 197819081981Pell City, ALSylacauga, AL
Simpson, Charles "Bull"JazzSaxophone, ArrangerAL
Simpson, James K.Classical, JazzAlto Saxophone, ClarinetUNA9/25/40Montgomery, AL
Sims, EzraClassicalComposerBirmingham, AL
Sizemore, HerschelBluegrassMandolin, VocalsDixie Gentlemen8/8/35Sheffield, AL
Skinner, TerryCountry, Pop, RockSongwriterJ.L. WallaceDetroit, AL
Skyline Farms GroupCountryGroupNew Deal Farm Co-OpSkyline, AL
Sledge, MiltonCountry, Pop, RockDrumsAthens, AL
Sledge, PercyR&BVocalsJimmy Hughes' cousin11/25/41Leighton, AL
Sloan, William T. "Bill"Marching BandConductorBand Masters Hall of Fame 198110/29/18Huntsville, AL
Smallwood, LaneyCountryVocalsTuscaloosa, AL
Smith, Alwilda C.JazzBirmingham, AL
Smith, Clarence "Pine Top"Jazz, BluesPianoMa Rainey1/11/043/14/29Troy, AL
Smith, DanGospelVocals, HarmonicaBiograph Records1911Perdue Hill, AL
Smith, Doug JansenFolk, Rock, Pop1/1/53Louisville, KYAL
Smith, GradyCountry, RockSongwriterFlorence, AL
Smith, HomerGospelTenor VocalsSouthernaires1902Florence, AL
Smith, J.R.CountryManagerHank Williams, Jr.Cullman, AL
Smith, JimPopSongwriterBattle Hymn of Lt. CalleyFlorence, AL
Smith, Johnny HenryJazzGuitar6/25/22Birmingham, AL
Smith, KatePopSoprano VocalsGuy Lombardo5/1/076/17/86Greenville, AL
Soule, GeorgeCountrySongwriterSheffield, AL
SouthmenGospelGroup1974Gadsden, AL
Sparkman, BobbyCountry, Western SwingBass GuitarCorn Grinders, brother - ChipDecatur, AL
Sparkman, Julius Cleo "Chip"Country, Western SwingFiddleLouvin Bros, Ray Price10/22/261993Decatur, AL
Speer FamilyGospelGroupDouble Springs, AL
Speer, BrockGospelVocalsSpeer FamilyAL
Spiller, GlennMarching BandConductorBand Masters Hall of Fame 19901940Lynn, ALDecatur, AL
Springer, John S.JazzBassBirmingham, AL
Sprott, HoraceVocalsFolkways Records2/2/1890Sprott, AL
Srygley, DonRock, PopGuitar, EngineerMuscle Shoals, AL
Stafford, TomR&B, CountryEarly Muscle Shoals Studios6/19/26Irondale, AL
Stained MeccaRockGroupFlorence, AL
Stanfield, Charles9/6/174/18/74Collinwood, TN
Stanfield, NehemiahJazzBassErskine Hawlins BandBirmingham, AL
Starks, JohnnyCountrySongwriterPuduca, KYSheffield, AL
Starks, Sadie MaeCountrySongwriter6/1/94Greenville, SCSheffield, AL
Staton, CandiGospel, R&BVocalsClarence Carter's wife3/13/40Hanceville, AL
Steele, SilasVocalsBlue Jay Singers1913Brighton, AL
Stephens, PerryBroadwayDecatur, AL
Stewart, BillRock, CountryDrumsCapricorn Studios7/21/46Sylacauga, AL
Stewart, CurtisGospelSongwriterRoy Acuff, Bill Monroe12/17/16Jasper, AL
Stewart, WilliamJazzSaxophoneBirmingham, AL
Stone, CathyCountryVocalsaka Jett Williams1/6/53Montgomery, AL
Storm, SuzyR&B, Rock, CountryBackground VocalsMuscle Shoals StudiosSheffield, AL
Strickland, JennyCountrySongwriteraka Jenny RussellRed Bay, AL
Stripling BrothersBluegrassGroupKennedy, AL
Stripling, Charlie MelvinCountry, BluegrassFiddleStripling Brothers18961966Pickens Co., ALKennedy, AL
Strong, NolanR&BVocalsDiablos1/22/34Scottsboro, AL
Struzick, EddiePop, Rock, CountrySongwriterSheffield, AL
Struzick, LauraPop, Rock, CountryBackground VocalsEnglebert HumperdickSheffield, AL
Strzelceki, HenryCountryBass, SongwriterCharlie Rich, George JonesBirmingham, AL
Stuart, TommyCountrySongwriterBirmingham, AL
Studdard, ChesterCountryBass GuitarErnest Tubb1912Gadsden, AL
Sullivan FamilyGospelGroupSt. Stephens, AL
Sullivan, EmmettGospelVocals, Banjo, BassSullivan Family7/23/36St. Stephens, AL
Sullivan, EnochGospelVocals, Fiddle, GuitarSullivan Family9/18/33St. Stephens, AL
Sullivan, GeneCountryVocals, SongwriterWiley & Gene11/16/1410/24/84Carbon Hill, AL
Sullivan, Gerrol "Jerry"GospelVocalsSullivan Family11/22/33St. Stephens, AL
Sullivan, MargieGospelVocalsSullivan Family1/22/33Winnsboro, LASt. Stephens, AL
Sullivan, TammyGospelVocals10/2/64Jackson, AL
Summers, RobertJazzSaxophoneBirmingham, AL
Summerville, James "Cat"JazzDrummerBirmingham, AL
Sun RaJazzKeyboardsaka Sonny Herman Blount5/22/175/30/93Birmingham, AL
Sun RecordsRock, BluesStudioSam Phillips2/52Memphis, TN
SunlightsGospelGroupBessemer, AL
Swanee River BoysGospelGroupWedowee, AL
Swatzell, TomCountryDobro5/20/25Decatur, AL
Swindell, BillCountrySongwriterPhiladelphia, PAAthens, AL
Swingle SingersPopGroupMobile, AL
Swingle, Ira "Eb"PopConductorMobile, AL
Swingle, PatOpera, JazzVocals Mezzo-sopranoMobile Opera2/11/327/29/98Mobile, AL
Swingle, WardJazzVocals, ProducerDizzy Gillespie9/21/27Mobile, AL
Sylvester, JoyceOperaSoprano VocalsSalzburg, Austria ChorusWhistler, AL

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