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Property Name Florence, Alabama Music Enterprises (FAME) Recording Studios
Reference Number 16000397
State Alabama
County Colbert
Town Muscle Shoals
Street Address 603 Avalon Ave.
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 11/29/2016
Areas of Significance Performing Arts
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/16000397.pdf
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Constructed in 1962, FAME Recording Studios is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A, for its national significance under the theme of Performing Arts for the role it played in the development mid-twentieth century American popular music. As the first purpose-built studio building in the Muscle Shoals region of Alabama, FAME is significantly associated with the rise of the "Muscle Shoals Sound" and "Southern Soul" music in the mid-1960s to early 1970s. Studio musicians who first worked on genre-defining sessions at FAME would leave the studio in 1969 to establish the equally significant Muscle Shoals Sound Studio (NR 6/2/2006) in Sheffield, Alabama, and, in fact, chose the name Muscle Shoals Sound Studio as the name of their venture since it referenced the location, reputation, and sound, of the earlier FAME studio building. FAME Recording Studios is also eligible for listing under Criterion B, for its association with Roe Erister "Rick" Hall, who built the property in 1962, launched the studio's music publishing arm, directed its most significant musical sessions and artists, and has been recognized as a nationally significant producer of American popular music. The period of significance, from 1962-1977, encompasses the most diverse and important historic period of recording at the studio. These same years coincide with the most significant period in the career of Rick Hall, as a songwriter, music producer, and studio head.

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