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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Achiever Style Instrument Worked With Date Of Birth Date Of Death Place Of Birth Home Sail Cat Rock Group Sheffield, AL Sain, Aaron Country Songwriter Florence, AL Salvo, Sammy Pop Vocals Birmingham, AL Samuels, Bonna M. Perine` Jazz Piano Birmingham, AL Sand Mountain Boys Bluegrass Group Kilpatrick, AL Sanders, Jim Country Comedy, Writer 1896 6/6/68 South AL Sandford, Richard Jazz Vocals Birmingham, AL Sandlin, Johnny Rock Bass, Producer, Engineer Allman Brothers 4/16/45 Decatur, AL Sanford, Joseph A. Jazz Trumpet Bama State Collegians Birmingham, AL Sawyer, Ray Country, Rock Vocals Dr. Hook 2/1/37 Monroeville, AL Schuffert, Braxton Country Hank Williams Montgomery, AL Schulman, Alan Country Engineer Florence, AL Scoby, Lola Administrative Alabama Music Hall Of Fame Exec. Dir. Muscle Shoals, AL Scott, George Gospel Tenor Vocals, Guitar Blind Boys of Alabama 3/18/29 Notasulga, AL Scott, Jerald Jazz, Dixieland Clarinet 3/8/? Falkville, AL Birmingham, AL Scott, Leon Jazz Trumpet Lucky Millinder, Benny Carter 8/15/04 Demopolis, AL Scott, Peggy R&B Vocals Ben E. King, Ray Charles Opp, AL Scott, William Jazz Guitar, Banjo Jazz Demons Birmingham, AL Scovil, Roszetta J. Jazz Vocals Birmingham, AL Scrivenor, Gove Songwriter AL Seals, Franklin Blues Mobile, AL Seals, Jim Country Guitar Shenandoah Muscle Shoals, AL Sedberry, Steve Folk Vocals Tuscaloosa, AL Seibels, Fanny Marks Classical Montgomery, AL Seller, Mark Pop Vocals, Dancer Decatur, AL Selma, Joe R&B Bass The Temptations AL Senn, Charles Rock Vocals The Rockets, James Joiner Florence, AL Senn, Royce "Tony" Country, Gospel Songwriter, Guitar, Vocal Lash LaRue 3/26/34 Troy, AL Seventh Wonder R&B Group Tuskegee, AL Sex Clark Five Pop Group Huntsville, AL Shaul, Lawrence Rock Classics IV Montgomery, AL Shaw, Tommy Rock Vocals, Guitar Styx, Damn Yankees Montgomery, AL Shedd, Harold Country Producer, Studio Owner Alabama AL Shelby Co. Big Four Singers Gospel Group AL Shenandoah Country Group Muscle Shoals, AL Shepherd, John "Mike" Jazz Drums Armed Forces Band Sheffield, AL Sherrill, Billy Country Songwriter, Producer, Sax Tammy Wynette, David Houston 11/5/36 Winston, AL Phil Campbell, AL Sherrill, Leon Country, Pop, Rock Hank Williams, Jr. Phil Campbell, AL Shines, Candy Martin Blues Vocals Johnny Shines wife Tuscaloosa, AL Shines, Johnny Blues Vocals, Guitar Robert Johnson 4/25/15 4/20/92 Frayser, TN Tuscaloosa, AL Shipp, Carter B. Gospel Vocal Teacher, Promoter AL State Gospel Singing Conv. AL Shooters Country Group Muscle Shoals, AL Shoves, William "Bill" Bluegrass Fiddle Riley Puckett 1907 Cherokee Co., AL Showdown Country Group Muscle Shoals, AL Simmons, Blanche Marching Band Conductor Band Masters Hall of Fame 1987 Fairhope, AL Simpkins, Lewis "Fess" Marching Band Conductor Band Masters Hall of Fame 1978 1908 1981 Pell City, AL Sylacauga, AL Simpson, Charles "Bull" Jazz Saxophone, Arranger AL Simpson, James K. Classical, Jazz Alto Saxophone, Clarinet UNA 9/25/40 Montgomery, AL Sims, Ezra Classical Composer Birmingham, AL Sizemore, Herschel Bluegrass Mandolin, Vocals Dixie Gentlemen 8/8/35 Sheffield, AL Skinner, Terry Country, Pop, Rock Songwriter J.L. Wallace Detroit, AL Skyline Farms Group Country Group New Deal Farm Co-Op Skyline, AL Sledge, Milton Country, Pop, Rock Drums Athens, AL Sledge, Percy R&B Vocals Jimmy Hughes' cousin 11/25/41 Leighton, AL Sloan, William T. "Bill" Marching Band Conductor Band Masters Hall of Fame 1981 10/29/18 Huntsville, AL Smallwood, Laney Country Vocals Tuscaloosa, AL Smith, Alwilda C. Jazz Birmingham, AL Smith, Clarence "Pine Top" Jazz, Blues Piano Ma Rainey 1/11/04 3/14/29 Troy, AL Smith, Dan Gospel Vocals, Harmonica Biograph Records 1911 Perdue Hill, AL Smith, Doug Jansen Folk, Rock, Pop 1/1/53 Louisville, KY AL Smith, Grady Country, Rock Songwriter Florence, AL Smith, Homer Gospel Tenor Vocals Southernaires 1902 Florence, AL Smith, J.R. Country Manager Hank Williams, Jr. Cullman, AL Smith, Jim Pop Songwriter Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley Florence, AL Smith, Johnny Henry Jazz Guitar 6/25/22 Birmingham, AL Smith, Kate Pop Soprano Vocals Guy Lombardo 5/1/07 6/17/86 Greenville, AL Soule, George Country Songwriter Sheffield, AL Southmen Gospel Group 1974 Gadsden, AL Sparkman, Bobby Country, Western Swing Bass Guitar Corn Grinders, brother - Chip Decatur, AL Sparkman, Julius Cleo "Chip" Country, Western Swing Fiddle Louvin Bros, Ray Price 10/22/26 1993 Decatur, AL Speer Family Gospel Group Double Springs, AL Speer, Brock Gospel Vocals Speer Family AL Spiller, Glenn Marching Band Conductor Band Masters Hall of Fame 1990 1940 Lynn, AL Decatur, AL Springer, John S. Jazz Bass Birmingham, AL Sprott, Horace Vocals Folkways Records 2/2/1890 Sprott, AL Srygley, Don Rock, Pop Guitar, Engineer Muscle Shoals, AL Stafford, Tom R&B, Country Early Muscle Shoals Studios 6/19/26 Irondale, AL Stained Mecca Rock Group Florence, AL Stanfield, Charles 9/6/17 4/18/74 Collinwood, TN Stanfield, Nehemiah Jazz Bass Erskine Hawlins Band Birmingham, AL Starks, Johnny Country Songwriter Puduca, KY Sheffield, AL Starks, Sadie Mae Country Songwriter 6/1/94 Greenville, SC Sheffield, AL Staton, Candi Gospel, R&B Vocals Clarence Carter's wife 3/13/40 Hanceville, AL Steele, Silas Vocals Blue Jay Singers 1913 Brighton, AL Stephens, Perry Broadway Decatur, AL Stewart, Bill Rock, Country Drums Capricorn Studios 7/21/46 Sylacauga, AL Stewart, Curtis Gospel Songwriter Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe 12/17/16 Jasper, AL Stewart, William Jazz Saxophone Birmingham, AL Stone, Cathy Country Vocals aka Jett Williams 1/6/53 Montgomery, AL Storm, Suzy R&B, Rock, Country Background Vocals Muscle Shoals Studios Sheffield, AL Strickland, Jenny Country Songwriter aka Jenny Russell Red Bay, AL Stripling Brothers Bluegrass Group Kennedy, AL Stripling, Charlie Melvin Country, Bluegrass Fiddle Stripling Brothers 1896 1966 Pickens Co., AL Kennedy, AL Strong, Nolan R&B Vocals Diablos 1/22/34 Scottsboro, AL Struzick, Eddie Pop, Rock, Country Songwriter Sheffield, AL Struzick, Laura Pop, Rock, Country Background Vocals Englebert Humperdick Sheffield, AL Strzelceki, Henry Country Bass, Songwriter Charlie Rich, George Jones Birmingham, AL Stuart, Tommy Country Songwriter Birmingham, AL Studdard, Chester Country Bass Guitar Ernest Tubb 1912 Gadsden, AL Sullivan Family Gospel Group St. Stephens, AL Sullivan, Emmett Gospel Vocals, Banjo, Bass Sullivan Family 7/23/36 St. Stephens, AL Sullivan, Enoch Gospel Vocals, Fiddle, Guitar Sullivan Family 9/18/33 St. Stephens, AL Sullivan, Gene Country Vocals, Songwriter Wiley & Gene 11/16/14 10/24/84 Carbon Hill, AL Sullivan, Gerrol "Jerry" Gospel Vocals Sullivan Family 11/22/33 St. Stephens, AL Sullivan, Margie Gospel Vocals Sullivan Family 1/22/33 Winnsboro, LA St. Stephens, AL Sullivan, Tammy Gospel Vocals 10/2/64 Jackson, AL Summers, Robert Jazz Saxophone Birmingham, AL Summerville, James "Cat" Jazz Drummer Birmingham, AL Sun Ra Jazz Keyboards aka Sonny Herman Blount 5/22/17 5/30/93 Birmingham, AL Sun Records Rock, Blues Studio Sam Phillips 2/52 Memphis, TN Sunlights Gospel Group Bessemer, AL Swanee River Boys Gospel Group Wedowee, AL Swatzell, Tom Country Dobro 5/20/25 Decatur, AL Swindell, Bill Country Songwriter Philadelphia, PA Athens, AL Swingle Singers Pop Group Mobile, AL Swingle, Ira "Eb" Pop Conductor Mobile, AL Swingle, Pat Opera, Jazz Vocals Mezzo-soprano Mobile Opera 2/11/32 7/29/98 Mobile, AL Swingle, Ward Jazz Vocals, Producer Dizzy Gillespie 9/21/27 Mobile, AL Sylvester, Joyce Opera Soprano Vocals Salzburg, Austria Chorus Whistler, AL
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