FAME studios

From Memphis to Muscle Shoals: The Demise of Fame

Channel 148-31

Episode date - May 19, 2017

How Music Changed

    Perhaps it’s a bit harsh and judgmental to title this show “The Demise of Fame”, but it’s hard for me to think of it in any other terms.

    As I believe this series of shows aptly proves, Fame Recording Studios was responsible for some of the best music from the sixties and played a huge role in making R&B music that appealed to virtually anyone who heard it. By the seventies, Rick Hall’s studio was still churning out hits, but they lacked the universal appeal of his classic work. Of course Hall would see it differently – he probably made a lot less money with Arthur Alexander than he did with Paul Anka, but one song changed history, while the other stands as something of an embarrassment.

    Time and circumstance intervened to change the nature of the music coming from Fame, and if we are talking about musical relevance, then this is where our story ends…but not our series. We will continue next week with a look at Fame’s competitors and ex-employees, The Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.

    Meanwhile, featured songs include;

    Bring It On Home to Me – Lou Rawls

    I Can’t Let You Break My Heart – Bettye Swan

    Back Road Into Town – Willie Hightower

    The Thanks I Get for Loving You – Candi Staton

    Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me – Mac Davis

    I Believe in Music –Mac Davis

    You Better Move On – Travis Wammack

    Get Involved – George Soule

    Put on Your Shoes and Walk – Clarence Carter

     (You’re) Having My Baby – Paul Anka

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