Alabama record producer Rick Hall, who recorded some of the biggest musical acts of the 1960s and ’70s and helped develop the fabled “Muscle Shoals sound,” has died. He died at his home Tuesday following a fight with cancer. He was 85. Rick Hall founded FAME Recording Studios in northwestern Alabama in 1959 and went on to record major acts including R&B stars Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett. Hall also recorded country artists including George Jones and Brenda Lee and produced pop acts including Paul Anka and the Osmonds. The 2013 documentary “Muscle Shoals” tells the story of Rick Hall, the region’s musicians and their distinctive, soulful sound featuring heavy bass, guitar and electronic organ or piano. It’s available on Netflix.
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