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Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Original studios at 3614 Jackson Highway, Sheffield
Location: 3614 Jackson Hwy., Sheffield, Alabama
Coordinates: 34°46′4″N 87°40′26″W / 34.76778°N 87.67389°W / 34.76778; -87.67389Coordinates: 34°46′4″N 87°40′26″W / 34.76778°N 87.67389°W / 34.76778; -87.67389
Architectural style(s): Early Commercial
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: June 02, 2006
NRHP Reference#: 06000437


New facilities for Muscle Shoals Sound off Alabama Avenue in Sheffield, Alabama.
The new facilities are now home to Cypress Moon Studios.

The Muscle Shoals Sound Studio was formed in 1969 when musicians Barry Beckett (keyboards), Roger Hawkins (drums), Jimmy Johnson (guitar) and David Hood (bass) (called The Swampers) left FAME Studios to create their own studio. They were the first rhythm section to own their own studios and, eventually, their own publishing and production companies. The distinctive accompaniment and arrangements have been heard on a tremendous number of legendary recordings, including those from Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, and the Staple Singers amongst others.

The original rhythm section that broke away to create these studios first formed in 1967 and initially played sessions in New York and Nashville as well as on the famous FAME recordings. The initial successes led to the arrival of more mainstream rock and pop performers among them The Rolling Stones, Traffic, Lulu, Boz Scaggs, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Elkie Brooks, and even the 1950s rock band Bill Haley & His Comets (who recorded their final two albums at Muscle Shoals) as well as the 'next' generation of soul talent such as Bobby Womack and Millie Jackson.

Muscle Shoals Sound Studios is located at 3614 Jackson Highway and is Listed on The National Register of Historic Places.[1] Muscle Shoals Sound Studios is a Registered Trademark of Noel Webster U.S.P.T.O. Reg.NO. 3,391,981

Selected recordings


Song Artist Date Charting on US Pop chart [3] Notes
You Better Move On Arthur Alexander 1961 #24 Recorded at FAME Studio
When a Man Loves a Woman Percy Sledge Feb. 1966 #1
I'm Your Puppet James and Bobby Purify Feb. 1966 #6
Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett Oct. 1966 #23
I Never Loved a Man Aretha Franklin Jan. 1967 #9
Sweet Soul Music Arthur Conley Jan. 1967 #2
Tell Mama Etta James Aug. 1967 #23
Happy Birthday Rock 'n' Roll Eddy Mitchell 1980 did not chart
Respect Aretha Franklin 1966 #1
Chain of Fools Aretha Franklin 1967 #2
Take Time to Know Her Percy Sledge Feb. 1968 #11
Slip Away Clarence Carter April 1968 #6 Notes
Shootout at the Fantasy Factory Traffic 1973 Did not chart


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.  
  2. ^ The Muscle Shoals Sound CD Liner Notes, Rhino Records, 1993
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel, Billboard Book of Ton 40 Hits, Billboard Publications, Inc. NY 1992

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