Tributes pour in for legendary producer Rick Hall, dead at 85

Tributes pour in for legendary producer Rick Hall, dead at 85


Esteemed record producer, Fame studio founder, creator of the Muscle Shoals sound, publisher and Grammy winner Rick Hall died early Tuesday morning [January 2], aged 85. Hall’s death was confirmed by Judy Hood, a board member of the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame, telling TimesDaily: “It’s a very, very sad day for Muscle Shoals and music in general.”

At Fame Recording Studios, Hall worked with some of the biggest soul and R&B artists such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Otis Redding and Arthur Alexander. His career also saw him collaborate with both pop and country acts like The Osmonds, Paul Anka, Tom Jones, Mac Davis, Jerry Reed and Barbara Mandrell.

Tributes from the music industry have started to pour in, with artists, labels, politicians and execs paying their respects to the pioneering producer.














Hall was the subject of Greg 'Freddy' Camalier’s acclaimed 2013 music documentary Muscle Shoals, which celebrated the signature sound he developed with songs like I'll Take You There, Brown Sugar, and When a Man Loves a Woman.

You can watch the trailer for Muscle Shoals below:


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