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Hundreds attend funeral for Muscle Shoals music pioneer Rick Hall

Musicians, friends and family attended the funeral of one of the most important figures of the 'Muscle Shoals Sound.'

Posted: Jan. 5, 2018 6:04 PM
Updated: Jan. 5, 2018 7:49 PM

Famous musicians and hundreds of others celebrated the life of Fame Recording Studios founder Rick Hall Friday, days after he died at the age of 85 from cancer.

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Hall was laid to rest following a funeral at Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals. Grammy-award winning country and bluegrass musician Allison Krauss performed at the service, singing a tribute to the late music pioneer known for being a major player in what's known as the "Muscle Shoals Sound."

Friends remembered Hall as someone who had a driving passion to change the music industry, and his passions impacted thousands.

"Nearly every musician I know that has any kind of success today came through here and was influenced by Rick Hall," said David Hood, who is a member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, also known as The Swampers.

Hall, the son of a sharecropper, went on to produce hundreds of hits and gold records. He founded FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, which is now a national landmark because of the legendary artists who recorded there.

His family says they plan to continue his legacy by producing future hits at the recording studio.

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