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Muscle Shoals (2013)

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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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A TV series about FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, which inspired the 2013 documentary 'Muscle Shoals'.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Badger Stephen Badger ... Himself / Interviewer
Rick Hall ... Himself, founder, Fame Studios
Aretha Franklin ... Herself
Jerry Carrigan Jerry Carrigan ... Himself
Alicia Keys ... Herself
Jerry Phillips Jerry Phillips ... Himself
Barry Beckett Barry Beckett ... Himself
Jerry Wexler Jerry Wexler ... Himself
Bono ... Himself
Jesse Boyce Jesse Boyce ... Himself
Bryan Owings Bryan Owings ... Himself
Jimmy Cliff ... Himself
Candi Staton Candi Staton ... Herself
John Gifford III 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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A small town with a big sound See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Muscle Shoals - Dove nascono le leggende See more »

Filming Locations:

Florence, Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,901, 29 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$695,625, 9 March 2014
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Ear Goggles See more »
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Winner of the Grand Prize, Boulder International Film Festival, 2013. See more »

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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

(Somebody) Loan Me a Dime
Written by Fenton Robinson, Milton Middlebroo and Jesse Anderson
Performed by Boz Scaggs
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warer Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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What a wonderful surprise
27 April 2014 | by dklecanSee all my reviews

Stumbled on this film on PBS last nite. Incredible. I had no idea that this place had such an influence on the music I grew up with. Seems like they produced the best music in the late 20th century, from Aretha and Rolling Stones all the way Bono and Alicia Keys.

Would be wonderful to visit that area of the U.S....except for the bugs. LOL. Just watching all those rivers, legs, ponds, all I could think of was mosquitoes. LOL. Anyway the story of Rick Halls is not to be missed. His horrendous background and "pulling up the bootstrap" life makes for a terrific story not counting his strict work ethic , "diversity embracing" and meticulous approach to music making.


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