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(L-R) Bill Wyman, Jimmy Johnson, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Marshall Chess (future president of Rolling Stones Records), Ahmet Ertegun (president of Atlantic Records), and Terry Woodford at the Muscle Shoals Sound StudioOctober 11, 2016 at 4:56 am #55170
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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Legendary musicians unveiled a historic marker in Florence Friday, commemorating the time The Rolling Stones spent in the area 45 years ago.
The marker sits at at the site of the former Holiday Inn on South Court Street (now the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown) which is where the band stayed while recording three of their biggest hits.
On December 1969, The Rolling Stones recorded three songs in Sheffield in that evoked the country, blues and R&B sound of the region. Over three days the Stones put down the basic tracks and live vocals on ‘Brown Sugar,’ ‘Wild Horses’ and ‘You Gotta Move’ at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.
Swamper guitarist and studio co-owner Jimmy Johnson engineered the sessions when a hired engineer failed to arrive.
“I didn’t know I was going to do that until 12 hours before it.” Johnson said. “I was playing guitar from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on a session, and then out band would go home and I would stay over and work with The Stones.”
Johnson said the marker means a lot to hime, and is well deserved for the Shoals music community.
“The songs we cut, wound up being just about the biggest songs in Rock’n Roll history for the world,” Johnson smiled. “And that’s kid of big.”
The Alabama Tourism Department made the marker. “Because the <i>Muscle Shoals </i>documentary contained actual film footage of the Rolling Stones’ recording sessions here, more people are aware of that history,” said State Tourism Director Lee Sentell. “This should be a good addition to the Swampette Tours and a unique photo opportunity for fans of the Stones.”
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