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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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AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Wachter, TonySongwriter, Vocals, Engineer2/1/55Cullman, AL
Wade, GlenCountry, RockVocalsSheffield, AL
Wagnon SistersPopVocals, PianoAnn & BeckyTuscumbia, AL
Waldrep, GaryBluegrassBanjoSand Mountain, AL
Waldroup, JasonGospelTenor VocalsGreater Vision12/31/76Opelika, AL
Walker, CindyCountry, Pop, R&BBackground Vocalsaka Cindy RichardsonTNFlorence, AL
Walker, DavidRock, R&BGuitar5/12/43Montgomery, AL
Walker, WileyCountryVocals, FiddleWiley & Gene11/17/115/17/66Laurel Hill, FLAndalusia, AL
Walker, WilliamJazz9/20/47Mobile, AL
Wallace, BillyCountrySongwriter, VocalsOklahoma City, OKAthens, AL
Wallace, Evelyn JenkinsJazz, GospelPianoAL Jazz Hall of FameBirmingham, AL
Wallace, Jerry L.CountrySongwriterTerry SkinnerMuscle Shoals, AL
Wallace, Lisa TaylorVocalsJasper, AL
Walton, GreelyJazzTenor Sax, Clarinet,FluteBenny Carter, Louis Armstrong10/4/05Mobile, AL
Walton, Wilbur Jr.RockJames GangAL
Wamble, LutherBluesGuitarClarence "Gatemouth" BrownMobile, AL
Wammack, TravisRock, R&B, CountryGuitarLittle Richard1946Muscle Shoals, AL
Wammack, Travis Jr. "Monkey"RockDrums, VocalsLittle RichardMuscle Shoals, AL
Warner, FrankFolkBanjo, Vocals4/5/03Selma, AL
Warrior River BoysBluegrassGroupCullman, AL
Warwick, William Carl "Bama"JazzTrumpetTeddy Hill, Dizzy Gillespie10/27/17Brookside, AL
Washboard WillieBluesWashboard, Drums, Vocalsaka William Hensley7/24/09Phenix City, AL
Washington, DinahJazz, BluesVocalsaka Ruth Jones8/29/2412/14/63Tuscaloosa, AL
Washington, LauraJazzVocalsErskine Hawkins19268/30/90Birmingham, AL
Watson, Johnny "Daddy Stovepipe"BluesGuitar, Harmonica"Mississippi Sarah" his wife4/12/186711/1/63Mobile, AL
Watson, OnaJazzVocalsBirmingham, AL
Watson, TimCountryVocals, FiddleTammy Wynette, Randy TravisGadsden, AL
Watters, Bessie AtleyGospelVocalsGadsden, AL
Weaver, BobVocalsTravis & Bob7/26/38Jackson, AL
Weaver, JerryR&BSongwriterFrederick KnightFlorence, AL
Weaver, PhilClassicalGuitarAL State Council on the ArtsHuntsville, AL
WeejunsRockGroupSheffield, AL
Welch, G. TrumanMarching BandConductorBand Masters Hall of Fame 19796/15/19Claud, ALWetumpka, AL
Wells, Jolly "Little Whitt"R&B, BluesGuitar, Vocals, SongwriteLittle Whitt & Big BoRalph, AL
Wesley, FredJazzTromboneJames Brown7/4/43Mobile, AL
West, CharliePiano9/27/14Andalusia, AL
West, RobertRecord label ownerLupine RecordsMontgomery, AL
Wet WillieRockGroupAL
Wexler, JerryR&B, RockProducerMuscle Shoals Studios1/8/20New York, NY
Whatley, EdwardJazzReedsFess Whatley's brotherTuscaloosa, AL
Whatley, John T. "Fess"JazzBand Leader, TrumpetBirmingham Industrial High SchoolTuscaloosa, AL
Wheaton, KarenGospelVocalsDecatur, AL
Wheeler, BryanRock, Country, R&BDrumsCharlie Hayward, Mike DukeMobile, AL
Whitaker, PeggyCountryAdministrativeCountry Music AssociationBirmingham, AL
Whitcomb, DaleCountry, BluegrassBanjo, Fiddle, VocalsRed, White & Blue(Grass)Birmingham, AL
White, Andrew BroadusClassical , OperaVocalsFt. Deposit, AL
White, DebbieCountry, GospelVocalsHuntsville, AL
White, Deborah JoRock, GospelVocalsLynyrd SkynyrdMemphis, TNVinemont, AL
White, Evelyn Darby "Lynn"R&B, GospelVocals8/6/53Mobile, AL
White, JackCountrySongwriterEvergreen, AL
Whited, RalphCountryFiddle19191994Oneonta, AL
Whitefield, ClarenceJazzBassFess WhatleyBirmingham, AL
Whitley, RayCountryVocals, SongwriterGene Autry12/05/012/21/79Atlanta, GAClay Co., AL
Widget StudioR&B, RockStudioRon BallewSheffield, AL
Wigginton, HershelCountryVocalsMuscle Shoals, AL
Wilburn, JonathanGospelVocalsGold City, Wilburns10/2/67Carthage, TNGasden, AL
Wilcox ExitBluegrassGroupBaldwin Co., AL
Will and the BushmenRockGroupMobile, AL
Williams, AudreyCountryVocalsHank's 1st wife2/28/2311/4/75Banks, AL
Williams, Charles "Cootie"JazzTrumpetChick Webb, Benny Goodman7/10/089/15/85Mobile, AL
Williams, CurlyCountryVocals, Songwriter1913GAMontgomery, AL
Williams, Dewey P.Sacred HarpVocalsWiregrass Singers3/5/98Ozark, AL
Williams, E.W.JazzTrumpetBirmingham, AL
Williams, Elbert "Skippy"R&B, JazzTenor Saxophone, ClarinetCount Basie, Duke Ellington7/27/16Tuscaloosa, AL
Williams, Ernest "Pinky"R&B, JazzBaritone VocalsMillinder, Freddie Mitchell10/6/14Tuscaloosa, AL
Williams, Hank IIICountryVocals, Songwriter
Williams, Hank Jr.CountryVocals, Songwriter5/26/49Shreveport, LAGadsden, AL
Williams, Hiram King "Hank"CountryVocals, SongwriterDrifting Cowboys9/17/231/1/53Mount Olive, AL
Williams, IvaJazzBassBirmingham, AL
Williams, Ivory "Pops"JazzBass, BandleaderFess WhatleyBirmingham, AL
Williams, JaboBlues, JazaPianoPratt City, AL
Williams, JettCountryVocalsHank's daughterMontgomery, AL
Williams, JodyBluesVocals, Guitar2/2/35Mobile, AL
Williams, JohnnyJazz, R&BVocals1/15/42Tyler, AL
Williams, Johnny LeeR&BTenor VocalsDriftersMobile, AL
Williams, LindaCountryVocals, Guitar, BanjoRobin & Linda Williams Fine Group7/7/49Anniston, AL
Williams, NelsonJazzTrumpet, VocalsCow Cow Davenport, Billy Erskine9/26/1711/73Birmingham, AL
Williams, PaulR&BBaritone VocalsThe Temptations7/2/39Birmingham, AL
Williams, RalphJazzSaxophonistBill CosbyEnsley, AL
Williams, RufusJazzTrumpet, DrumsBirmingham, AL
Willis, AaronBluesHarmonicaDetroit Blues artists10/6/32Greensboro, AL
Willis, John D.Country, Gospel, RockGuitarAL
Willis, Ralph "Bama"BluesVocals, Guitar1910AL
Wilson, HappyCountryAdministrativeMarion WorthBirmingham, AL
Wilson, JayRockAnniston, AL
Wilson, PerryCountryGuitar, VocalsLefty Frizzell, Wyn Stewart1940Milltown, AL
Wilson, RansomClassicalFlute, Conductor10/25/51Tuscaloosa, AL
Wilson, TeddyJazzPiano, ConductorBenny Goodman, Art Tatum11/24/127/31/86Austin, TXTuskegee, AL
Winston, ShirleyClassical, OperaNY City Opera CompanyMontgomery, AL
Wire Grass SingersSacred HarpGroupOzark, AL
Wishbone StudiosR&B, Country, PopStudioClayton Ivey & Terry WoodfordMuscle Shoals, AL
WitcherRockGroupFlorence, AL
Wohlford, EddiePopVocals, PianoTommy ShawMontgomery, AL
Wood, Mitchell "Booty"JazzTromboneBasie, Ellington, Hampton12/27/19Wedowee, AL
Woodford, TerryR&B, Pop, CountryStudio, Producer, WriterClayton Ivey10/9/42Princeton, INSheffield, AL
Woodson, Ali-OllieR&BVocalsThe TemptationsDetroit, MITown Creek, AL
Wooldridge, MiltonCountryVocals, GuitarAthens, AL
Wooten, Willard L.GospelBass Vocals, PromoterSacred TonesAL
Worth, BillyCountryVocals, Guitar, Songwriteraka Ernie Ashworth12/15/28Huntsville, AL
Worth, MarionCountryVocalsGrand Ole Opry7/4/30Birmingham, AL
Wray, BobCountry, R&B, PopBassMuscle Shoals & Nashville Studios9/26/47Stevens Point, WISheffield, AL
Wright, AndrewR&BSongwriterPercy SledgeSheffield, AL
Wyker, JohnRockVocalsSailcatDecatur, AL
Wynette, TammyCountryVocalsGeorge Jones, Billy Sherrill5/2/424/6/98Itawamba Co., MSRed Bay, AL

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