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'The Man From Muscle Shoals' On Shame And FAME

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'The Man From Muscle Shoals' On Shame And FAME

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'The Man From Muscle Shoals' On Shame And FAME

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Producer and FAME Studios founder Rick Hall, left, with R&B singer Clarence Carter. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Producer and FAME Studios founder Rick Hall, left, with R&B singer Clarence Carter.

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"We don't use arrangers in Muscle Shoals. ... We do it from the heart.

— Rick Hall founded FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., and worked his magic to create a signature Southern sound and launch a string of hits dating back to the 1960s. At FAME, Hall produced career-defining records by Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Wilson Pickett, but those successes came after a humble upbringing in a poor, rural area of Alabama. He spoke with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about his new memoir, The Man From Muscle Shoals: My Journey From Shame To Fame. Hear their conversation at the audio link.

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