WILEY WALKER - Andalusia, 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"
JERRY L. WALLACE - Muscle Shoals, 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 Terry Skinner
GREELY WALTON - Mobile, Alabama
-Saxophone, clarinet or flute with bands led by Louis Russell, Louis Armstrong, Cootie Williams, Cab Calloway, and others
-Conductor for the Ink Spots Show 1945-47
TRAVIS WAMMACK - Muscle Shoals, Alabama
-First to develop and use the fuzz tone for an electric guitar
-His instrumental "Scratchy" was million seller when released in 1963
FRANK WARNER - Selma, Alabama
-Traveled throughout the rural U.S. collecting folk songs which were later published in "Frank Warner Sings American Folk Songs & Ballads"
-He discovered "Tom Dooley" and "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands"
CARL "BAMA" WARWICK - Brookside, Alabama
-Trumpet with Lucky Millinder, Teddy Hill, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, & Dizzy Gillespie
-In 1966 appointed musical director of the New York Correctional Institution
DINAH WASHINGTON-- Tuscaloosa, Alabama
-Known as the "Queen of the Blues"
-Began singing in church choirs then moved into popular music as a member of Lionel Hampton's band
FRED WESLEY - Mobile, Alabama
-Innovative trombone arrangements for artists James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Dr. John and Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, etc
-His JBs band of the 1970's found success with hard-funk single "Doin' It To Death"
WET WILLIE - Mobile, Alabama
-One of the best exponents of the Southern Rock sound of the 1970's
-Hits were "Keep On Smilin," "Street Corner Serenade," and "Weekend"
JERRY WEXLER-- New York, New York
-Played a pivotal role in developing Muscle Shoals into one of the major recording centers in the nation
-Brought Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett to Muscle Shoals to record
-Other artists recorded by Wexler in Muscle Shoals include Willie Nelson, Cher, Dire Straits, and Bob Dylan
JOHN T. "FESS" WHATLEY-- Tuscaloosa, Alabama
-Music teacher at Birmingham Industrial High School
-In his 45 year teaching career, over 300 of his students became professional musicians
AUDREY WILLIAMS - Banks, Alabama
-Wife of Hank Williams and vocalist with the Drifting Cowboys band
-She continued to perform and record after Hank's death
CHARLES "COOTIE" WILLIAMS - Mobile, Alabama
-Top trumpeter during the 1940's
-Played with Chick Webb, Fletcher Henderson, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson, and Billie Holiday, being showcased in Duke Ellington's band.
HANK WILLIAMS-- Georgiana, Alabama
-Singer/songwriter who composed such songs as "I Saw The Light," "Cold, Cold Heart" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
HANK WILLIAMS JR.-- Shreveport, Louisiana
-Singer/songwriter who currently holds the record for having nine albums on Billboards charts at one time
-Hits songs include "All My Rowdy Friends," "Family Tradition" and "There's A Tear In My Beer"
LINDA WILLIAMS - Anniston, Alabama
-Member of Robin and Linda Williams & Their Fine Group which formed in 1973
-Debuted on American Public Radio's Prairie Home Companion
-Co-writer on songs for Emmylou Harris and Tom T. Hall
NELSON WILLIAMS - Birmingham, Alabama
-Played with Cow Cow Davenport, Billy Ekstine, and later with Duke Ellington's band
-Lead his own band touring Europe throughout the 1950's & 60's
RANSOM WILSON - Tuscaloosa, Alabama
-One of the great flutist of the 20th century
-Two Grammy Awards for his playing
-Began conducting in the 1980's
"TEDDY" WILSON - Tuskegee, Alabama
-Member of the Benny Goodman Trio, the first interracial group to perform in the U.S.
-Led various studio bands 1930's through the 50's recording Billie Holliday and others
-Taught piano at the Juilliard School of music from 1945-52
TERRY WOODFORD - Sheffield, Alabama
-Signed exclusive production agreement with Motown Records producing the Commodores, Temptations, Supremes and others
-With partner Clayton Ivey, built Wishbone Studio and publishing company
MARION WORTH - Birmingham, Alabama
-Favorite on the Grand Ole Opry as well as the music rooms of Las Vegas during the 1960's
-One of the first Country performers to play New York's Carnegie Hall
TAMMY WYNETTE-- Red Bay, Alabama
-Known as the "First Lady of Country Music"
-Her classic, "Stand By Your Man" stood for 15 years as the largest selling single in country music
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Achiever Style Instrument Worked With Date Of Birth Date Of Death Place Of Birth Home Wachter, Tony Songwriter, Vocals, Engineer 2/1/55 Cullman, AL Wade, Glen Country, Rock Vocals Sheffield, AL Wagnon Sisters Pop Vocals, Piano Ann & Becky Tuscumbia, AL Waldrep, Gary Bluegrass Banjo Sand Mountain, AL Waldroup, Jason Gospel Tenor Vocals Greater Vision 12/31/76 Opelika, AL Walker, Cindy Country, Pop, R&B Background Vocals aka Cindy Richardson TN Florence, AL Walker, David Rock, R&B Guitar 5/12/43 Montgomery, AL Walker, Wiley Country Vocals, Fiddle Wiley & Gene 11/17/11 5/17/66 Laurel Hill, FL Andalusia, AL Walker, William Jazz 9/20/47 Mobile, AL Wallace, Billy Country Songwriter, Vocals Oklahoma City, OK Athens, AL Wallace, Evelyn Jenkins Jazz, Gospel Piano AL Jazz Hall of Fame Birmingham, AL Wallace, Jerry L. Country Songwriter Terry Skinner Muscle Shoals, AL Wallace, Lisa Taylor Vocals Jasper, AL Walton, Greely Jazz Tenor Sax, Clarinet,Flute Benny Carter, Louis Armstrong 10/4/05 Mobile, AL Walton, Wilbur Jr. Rock James Gang AL Wamble, Luther Blues Guitar Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Mobile, AL Wammack, Travis Rock, R&B, Country Guitar Little Richard 1946 Muscle Shoals, AL Wammack, Travis Jr. "Monkey" Rock Drums, Vocals Little Richard Muscle Shoals, AL Warner, Frank Folk Banjo, Vocals 4/5/03 Selma, AL Warrior River Boys Bluegrass Group Cullman, AL Warwick, William Carl "Bama" Jazz Trumpet Teddy Hill, Dizzy Gillespie 10/27/17 Brookside, AL Washboard Willie Blues Washboard, Drums, Vocals aka William Hensley 7/24/09 Phenix City, AL Washington, Dinah Jazz, Blues Vocals aka Ruth Jones 8/29/24 12/14/63 Tuscaloosa, AL Washington, Laura Jazz Vocals Erskine Hawkins 1926 8/30/90 Birmingham, AL Watson, Johnny "Daddy Stovepipe" Blues Guitar, Harmonica "Mississippi Sarah" his wife 4/12/1867 11/1/63 Mobile, AL Watson, Ona Jazz Vocals Birmingham, AL Watson, Tim Country Vocals, Fiddle Tammy Wynette, Randy Travis Gadsden, AL Watters, Bessie Atley Gospel Vocals Gadsden, AL Weaver, Bob Vocals Travis & Bob 7/26/38 Jackson, AL Weaver, Jerry R&B Songwriter Frederick Knight Florence, AL Weaver, Phil Classical Guitar AL State Council on the Arts Huntsville, AL Weejuns Rock Group Sheffield, AL Welch, G. Truman Marching Band Conductor Band Masters Hall of Fame 1979 6/15/19 Claud, AL Wetumpka, AL Wells, Jolly "Little Whitt" R&B, Blues Guitar, Vocals, Songwrite Little Whitt & Big Bo Ralph, AL Wesley, Fred Jazz Trombone James Brown 7/4/43 Mobile, AL West, Charlie Piano 9/27/14 Andalusia, AL West, Robert Record label owner Lupine Records Montgomery, AL Wet Willie Rock Group AL Wexler, Jerry R&B, Rock Producer Muscle Shoals Studios 1/8/20 New York, NY Whatley, Edward Jazz Reeds Fess Whatley's brother Tuscaloosa, AL Whatley, John T. "Fess" Jazz Band Leader, Trumpet Birmingham Industrial High School Tuscaloosa, AL Wheaton, Karen Gospel Vocals Decatur, AL Wheeler, Bryan Rock, Country, R&B Drums Charlie Hayward, Mike Duke Mobile, AL Whitaker, Peggy Country Administrative Country Music Association Birmingham, AL Whitcomb, Dale Country, Bluegrass Banjo, Fiddle, Vocals Red, White & Blue(Grass) Birmingham, AL White, Andrew Broadus Classical , Opera Vocals Ft. Deposit, AL White, Debbie Country, Gospel Vocals Huntsville, AL White, Deborah Jo Rock, Gospel Vocals Lynyrd Skynyrd Memphis, TN Vinemont, AL White, Evelyn Darby "Lynn" R&B, Gospel Vocals 8/6/53 Mobile, AL White, Jack Country Songwriter Evergreen, AL Whited, Ralph Country Fiddle 1919 1994 Oneonta, AL Whitefield, Clarence Jazz Bass Fess Whatley Birmingham, AL Whitley, Ray Country Vocals, Songwriter Gene Autry 12/05/01 2/21/79 Atlanta, GA Clay Co., AL Widget Studio R&B, Rock Studio Ron Ballew Sheffield, AL Wigginton, Hershel Country Vocals Muscle Shoals, AL Wilburn, Jonathan Gospel Vocals Gold City, Wilburns 10/2/67 Carthage, TN Gasden, AL Wilcox Exit Bluegrass Group Baldwin Co., AL Will and the Bushmen Rock Group Mobile, AL Williams, Audrey Country Vocals Hank's 1st wife 2/28/23 11/4/75 Banks, AL Williams, Charles "Cootie" Jazz Trumpet Chick Webb, Benny Goodman 7/10/08 9/15/85 Mobile, AL Williams, Curly Country Vocals, Songwriter 1913 GA Montgomery, AL Williams, Dewey P. Sacred Harp Vocals Wiregrass Singers 3/5/98 Ozark, AL Williams, E.W. Jazz Trumpet Birmingham, AL Williams, Elbert "Skippy" R&B, Jazz Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet Count Basie, Duke Ellington 7/27/16 Tuscaloosa, AL Williams, Ernest "Pinky" R&B, Jazz Baritone Vocals Millinder, Freddie Mitchell 10/6/14 Tuscaloosa, AL Williams, Hank III Country Vocals, Songwriter Williams, Hank Jr. Country Vocals, Songwriter 5/26/49 Shreveport, LA Gadsden, AL Williams, Hiram King "Hank" Country Vocals, Songwriter Drifting Cowboys 9/17/23 1/1/53 Mount Olive, AL Williams, Iva Jazz Bass Birmingham, AL Williams, Ivory "Pops" Jazz Bass, Bandleader Fess Whatley Birmingham, AL Williams, Jabo Blues, Jaza Piano Pratt City, AL Williams, Jett Country Vocals Hank's daughter Montgomery, AL Williams, Jody Blues Vocals, Guitar 2/2/35 Mobile, AL Williams, Johnny Jazz, R&B Vocals 1/15/42 Tyler, AL Williams, Johnny Lee R&B Tenor Vocals Drifters Mobile, AL Williams, Linda Country Vocals, Guitar, Banjo Robin & Linda Williams Fine Group 7/7/49 Anniston, AL Williams, Nelson Jazz Trumpet, Vocals Cow Cow Davenport, Billy Erskine 9/26/17 11/73 Birmingham, AL Williams, Paul R&B Baritone Vocals The Temptations 7/2/39 Birmingham, AL Williams, Ralph Jazz Saxophonist Bill Cosby Ensley, AL Williams, Rufus Jazz Trumpet, Drums Birmingham, AL Willis, Aaron Blues Harmonica Detroit Blues artists 10/6/32 Greensboro, AL Willis, John D. Country, Gospel, Rock Guitar AL Willis, Ralph "Bama" Blues Vocals, Guitar 1910 AL Wilson, Happy Country Administrative Marion Worth Birmingham, AL Wilson, Jay Rock Anniston, AL Wilson, Perry Country Guitar, Vocals Lefty Frizzell, Wyn Stewart 1940 Milltown, AL Wilson, Ransom Classical Flute, Conductor 10/25/51 Tuscaloosa, AL Wilson, Teddy Jazz Piano, Conductor Benny Goodman, Art Tatum 11/24/12 7/31/86 Austin, TX Tuskegee, AL Winston, Shirley Classical, Opera NY City Opera Company Montgomery, AL Wire Grass Singers Sacred Harp Group Ozark, AL Wishbone Studios R&B, Country, Pop Studio Clayton Ivey & Terry Woodford Muscle Shoals, AL Witcher Rock Group Florence, AL Wohlford, Eddie Pop Vocals, Piano Tommy Shaw Montgomery, AL Wood, Mitchell "Booty" Jazz Trombone Basie, Ellington, Hampton 12/27/19 Wedowee, AL Woodford, Terry R&B, Pop, Country Studio, Producer, Writer Clayton Ivey 10/9/42 Princeton, IN Sheffield, AL Woodson, Ali-Ollie R&B Vocals The Temptations Detroit, MI Town Creek, AL Wooldridge, Milton Country Vocals, Guitar Athens, AL Wooten, Willard L. Gospel Bass Vocals, Promoter Sacred Tones AL Worth, Billy Country Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter aka Ernie Ashworth 12/15/28 Huntsville, AL Worth, Marion Country Vocals Grand Ole Opry 7/4/30 Birmingham, AL Wray, Bob Country, R&B, Pop Bass Muscle Shoals & Nashville Studios 9/26/47 Stevens Point, WI Sheffield, AL Wright, Andrew R&B Songwriter Percy Sledge Sheffield, AL Wyker, John Rock Vocals Sailcat Decatur, AL Wynette, Tammy Country Vocals George Jones, Billy Sherrill 5/2/42 4/6/98 Itawamba Co., MS Red Bay, AL
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