'Muscle Shoals' review: Bono, Aretha Franklin and the town that changed music

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"Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers," Ronnie Van Zant sang on the Southern rock anthem "Sweet Home Alabama." "And they've been known to pick a song or two."

For many, it was the first time they'd heard of Muscle Shoals, Ala., or the studio band that made first Fame Studios, and then the competing Muscle Shoal Sound Studios, legendary locales in American music.

This dinky little berg on the Tennessee River was the home to musicians, producers and studios that launched everyone from Aretha Franklin to the Allman Brothers, Percy Sledge to Jimmy Cliff. Everybody who was anybody in music from the 1960s through the '80s did transformative work there. And even today music's best and historically brightest make the pilgrimage to the little town on the Alabama / Tennessee state line to record and soak up a little of that gritty, funky "Muscle Shoals Sound."

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