Alabama Music Hall of Fame reopens Friday
TUSCUMBIA – The Alabama Music Hall of Fame reopens Friday with legendary recording artists who will jointly celebrate the local premiere of the music documentary “Muscle Shoals” later in the day.
Judy Hood, wife of renowned bassist David Hood, is assisting with the event and said pioneer producer Rick Hall, singing duo The Secret Sisters, members of the Muscle Shoals Sound rhythm section known as the Swampers and other entertainers will participate in a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m.
Gov. Robert Bentley, who appointed new board members with the responsibility to reopen the museum, said, “Alabama has a strong musical heritage and the Shoals can lay claim to a unique musical sound. I’m excited that the Hall of Fame can now reopen in the Shoals and share that musical heritage with more people.”
Bentley praised “the hard work and dedication” of the board and volunteers in revitalizing the attraction.
Acting Finance Director Bill Newton, who serves as chair of the board, said, “We are all excited that more visitors to our state will be exposed to the state’s impressive musical heritage” as a result of Friday’s ceremony.
Museum board members announced that longtime employee Dixie Connell has been named manager and industry veteran Dick Cooper will return as curator. Former staff members Patty Tompkins and Polly Baggett will round out the staff.
The critically acclaimed documentary produced by Stephen Badger and directed by longtime friend Greg “Freddy” Camalier opens Friday night at Carmike Regency 12 in Florence following a 6 p.m. autograph session that will feature some of the ribbon-cutting celebrities, Mrs. Hood said.
The 111-minute documentary of how the Muscle Shoals area became “A Small Town with a Big Sound” details the evolution of Hall’s FAME Studios and the birth of the Swampers. Hit recordings by Aretha Franklin, Bob Seger, the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, the Osmonds, Etta James, Paul Anka and others prompted the nickname “Hit Recording Capital of the World” in the early 1970’s.