50 years after it opened, Alabama music studio plans a party

SHEFFIELD, Ala. (AP) — A small northern Alabama music studio where The Rolling Stones, Cher and other stars recorded their hit songs is turning 50 this year.

Muscle Shoals Sound Studios will host an April 27 celebration of the milestone in Sheffield, Alabama.

Al.com reports that David Hood will perform as part of a Muscle Shoals All-Stars revue, fronted by singer Carla Russell. Hood is one of the studio’s co-founders and the bassist for prolific session musicians Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, also known as The Swampers.

The Swampers opened Muscle Shoals Sound in 1969, after backing R&B stars such as Wilson Pickett and Etta James at nearby FAME Studios.

Hood and fellow Swampers musicians Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins and Barry Beckett recorded much of their work at the Sheffield building.

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