He is a legendary music star that we have all known and loved for decades. Prayers for the family.
The wonderful Alabama record producer Rick Hall, has just passed away after a battle with cancer according to reports. He was one of a kind and even recorded some of the biggest musical acts of the 1960s and ’70s.
Rick also helped develop the fabled “Muscle Shoals sound.” Furthermore, his longtime friend Judy Hood confirmed the news of his death stating that he was 85 when he passed away.
Hall was no ordinary producer. Furthermore, he set the bar high, and never disappointed.
On top of being an incredible talented producer he founded FAME Recording Studios in northwestern Alabama. Meanwhile, the studio was founded in 1959 and went on to record major acts including R&B stars Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett.
There were also several country artists that Hall recorded, some including George Jones and Brenda Lee. Meanwhile, along with producing pop acts including Paul Anka and the Osmonds.
Although he was popular back int he 60’s and 70’s it was the 2013 documentary “Muscle Shoals.” Furthermore, that attracted a younger audience to his story. The movie tells the story of Hall. The region’s musicians and their distinctive, soulful sound featuring heavy bass, guitar and electronic organ or piano.
Even other artists and producers shared that Hall knew exactly how things were supposed to sound. And he always found the sound while producing. There was nothing that he couldn’t do, and he was continuously inspiring others.
David Hood, Judy Hood’s husband and a member of the “Swampers” rhythm section immortalized in the Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Sweet Home Alabama,” said Hall “had a very definite idea of how things were supposed to sound.”
“I think his real fix was as a mixer,” said Hood. “He inspired us all and made sure we were playing what he wanted.”
Meanwhile, send prayers for his family and friends during this heartbreaking time.