Processed by Christine Borne, Project Archivist. Completed on November 22, 2010. Revised by Justin Seidler, Contract Archivist; Adonees Sarrouh, Volunteer; and Jennie Thomas, Head Archivist. Completed November 8, 2013. Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS and local processing manual.
[Identification of item], FAME Studios Records, Library and Archives, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
The FAME Studios Records span the years 1961 to 1998. The majority of the collection is contained within the artist files, contracts, and financial records, which consist of correspondence, artist biographies, photographs, and other documents related to the musicians of FAME Studios. Other materials in the collection include administrative files, appointment books, notes, and phone message logs presumably maintained by Rick Hall's administrative assistant. Finally, the collection contains 1,018 color and black-and-white digital image files of Rick Hall, Muscle Shoals, the FAME recording studio, and various artists associated with FAME Studios, including Duane Allman, Paul Anka, Clarence Carter, Mac Davis, the Del Rays, Dominoes, Janie Fricke, Larry Gatlin, Bobbie Gentry, Gus Hardin, Etta James, Little Richard, Clyde McPhatter, Ronnie Milsap, Liza Minnelli, Wayne Newton, the Osmonds, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, Otis Redding, Candi Staton, Irma Thomas,Travis Wammack, and Jerry Wexler. The FAME Studios Records provides a unique look into the business aspect of American country and soul music during the 1960s and 1970s, and documents the evolution of the Muscle Shoals music scene. Original order of the materials was maintained.
Florence Area Music Enterprises (FAME) Studios has been a major player in the southern music scene since 1959. Dozens of well-known artists have worked with FAME Studios, including Clarence Carter, Mac Davis, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and Otis Redding. Though his main focus is soul and country music, co-founder and owner Rick Hall has recorded numerous pop artists as well, including Paul Anka and the Osmonds.
"Our History." FAME Studios. Accessed November 22, 2010. http://www.fame2.com/our-history/.
"Rick Hall." Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Accessed November 22, 2010. http://www.alamhof.org/rickhall.html.
Publications, 45 rpm and LP records have been removed to the library collection. Please search "FAME Studios Records" for a complete inventory of these materials. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, consult the Library and Archives staff to ensure these materials are available.
The FAME Studios Records were received by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. as a gift from Fame Enterprises, Inc. (an Alabama corporation) on July 15, 2010.
The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library and Archives.
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