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A documentary that celebrates Rick Hall, the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and the signature sound he developed in songs such as "I'll Take You There", "Brown Sugar", and "When a Man Loves a Woman".
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Badger ...
Himself / Interviewer
Rick Hall ...
Himself, founder, Fame Studios
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Herself
Jerry Carrigan ...
Himself
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Herself
Jerry Phillips ...
Himself
Barry Beckett ...
Himself
Jerry Wexler ...
Himself
...
Himself
Jesse Boyce ...
Himself
Bryan Owings ...
Himself
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Himself
Candi Staton ...
Herself
John Gifford III ...
Himself
Clarence Carter ...
Himself
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Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the 'Singing River' as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the 'Muscle Shoals Sound' and 'The Swampers'. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today. Written by Anonymous

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The incredible true story of a small town with a big sound.


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Rated PG for thematic elements, language, smoking and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »

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25 October 2013 (UK)  »

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Muscle Shoals - Dove nascono le leggende  »

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$13,901 (USA) (27 September 2013)

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$695,625 (USA) (7 March 2014)
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David Hood: When Duane came here, he was on the Wilson Pickett session that we did.
Jimmy Johnson: There was always a slight problem when we would go out, all of us white boys with a black artist, that we'd get looks, okay? But there was nothing as bad as going out with a long-haired hippie with us white boys. They couldn't stand that, right? And so both of them stayed back.
Gregg Allman: So, they went on lunch break and my brother went up to Wilson and he said, uh, "Man, why don't you cut 'Hey Jude', you know, that Beatles song?"
Wilson Pickett: And...
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Crazy Credits

Although Steve Winwood is feature prominently, including with on-screen name identification, hie name is NOT listed in the end credits. See more »

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Soundtracks

You Better Move On
Written and Performed by Arthur Alexander
Courtesy of FAME Enterprises, Inc.
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Fantastic - must see for a music lover
18 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, I plead guilty to living within a stones throw of the subject of this movie.

If you are a fan of the music that started out in the '60s in this country, this is a must see. It gives you an insight into how the music we listen to has come into being. From the roots in the blues and R&B morphing into Rock and Roll. You may find something out about your favorite songs that you never knew.

The setting for the interviews focuses you on the person speaking. There are some amazing images in the film. In some ways it shows the area in an almost idyllic frame. The historical footage is worth the ticket price alone.

Bonus points if you actually recognize the unnamed blues legend show while they talk about Sam Phillips. If you are going to create a list of must see movies about music and musicians, this will be on the short list.


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