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  posted on 11/18/2015 at 04:54 PM
congrats to them, along w Wet Willie and Donna Jean Godchaux-McKay.

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/11/alabama_music_hall_of_fam e_201.html#incart_river_home

 
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  posted on 11/18/2015 at 05:33 PM
Great list of inductees...shaped the musical journey of many on this site.
 

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  posted on 11/18/2015 at 06:30 PM
Congratulations to all! That's a great list!

 

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  posted on 11/18/2015 at 08:12 PM
They deserve it one and all!
 

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  posted on 11/19/2015 at 12:00 PM
Memphis Horns, too.

From al.com

Keyboardist Chuck Leavell's resume is among rock's most impressive. He's toured and recorded with The Rolling Stones for decades, been a member of the Allman Brothers and worked with many high-wattage artists including Eric Clapton and Aretha Franklin.

Leavell, a Birmingham native, will soon add Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductee to his resume.

On Wednesday, Hall of Fame chairman Bill Newton announced the hall's 2016 inductees. The strong field also includes former Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux-McKay, record producer Johnny Sandlin, Southern rockers Wet Willie and the Muscle Shoals Horns.

Alabama Music Hall of Fame inductions will take place Feb. 26 at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center in Florence.

Leavell's mind was set on a career in music at age 13 after seeing Ray Concert in concert. By 15 he was playing keys on Muscle Shoals sessions, including the recording of Freddie North's song "Don't Take Her, She's All I've Got." Leavell was just 20 years old when he joined the Allman Brothers Band in 1972. The first LP he recorded with the Southern rockers was "Brothers and Sisters," which included the classics "Ramblin' Man" and "Southbound," and topped the Billboard 200. Following the Allmans' breakup a few years later, Leavell formed the jazz-rock band Sea Level with Allmans drummer Jaimoe, aka Jai Johanny Johanson, on the infamous Macon, Ga. based label Capricorn Records.

In 1982 Leavell joined up with The Rolling Stones in a pivotal keyboardist/musical director role, a position he still holds having performed with the British rock band on their 2015 stadium tour. Leavell first recorded with The Stones on their 1983 album "Undercover. He's appeared on every new studio release from the band since then.

Leavell's piano and organ playing were prominent on the Black Crowes' multi-platinum 1990 debut "Shake Your Money Maker," Eric Clapton's 1992 Grammy-guzzling acoustic release "Unplugged" and John Mayer's 2012 chart-topping disc "Born and Raised."

Decatur-native Sandlin's history with the Allmans dates back to playing drums with Gregg and Duane Allman in their pre-Allman Brothers group Hour Glass. After Hour Glass broke up Sandlin became the house drummer at Tone Studios in Miami. He soon relocated to Macon, where he became recording engineer, producer, head of A&R and label vice-president at Capricorn Records. Sandlin produced, mixed and mastered albums for the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Elvin Bishop, Wet Willie," Bonnie Bramlett, Cowboy, Delbert McClinton, Widespread Panic and many others. Sandlin's work includes five platinum albums and ten gold albums.

Godchaux-McKay, of Sheffield, will forever be associated with 1970s Grateful Dead, having joined the band circa 1972 along with then-husband and keyboardist Keith Godchaux. However she'd earlier appeared as a background vocalist Percy Sledge's now-classic "When a Man Loves a Woman." And Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds." Her Muscle Shoals and Memphis session work also included recordings by Neil Diamond, Boz Scaggs, Joe Tex, Dionne Warwick, Ben E. King, among others. During the '70s, Godchaux-McKay also performed with the Jerry Garcia Band.

Arising from Mobile in 1969, Wet Willie featured Jimmy Hall, a frontman known for his ace harmonica and sax playing as well as soulful vocals. Hall continues to anchor the band to this day. "Keep On Smilin,'" a 1974 top-10 hit, is the group's signature song. Wet Willie's original lineup also boasted Jack Hall, Donna Hall, John David Anthony, Ricky Hirsch and Lewis Ross. A latter day incarnation included T.K. Lively, Rick Seymour and Ricky Chancey.

Harvey Thompson, Charles Rose, Harrison Calloway and Ronnie Eades released four albums as The Muscle Shoals Horns, which launched four songs into the Billboard R&B charts, including "Born To Get Down," which reached number eight. But the quartet is better known for their contributions to other artists' music. The Muscle Shoals Hords have appeared on albums by Bob Dylan, James Brown, Paul Simon, B.B. King, Elton John, Waylon Jennings and many others. In 2015, the horns reunited to perform together for the first time in three decades.

 

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  posted on 11/19/2015 at 12:20 PM
That is a fine list of very deserving folks. A lot of my musical heroes.

 

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  posted on 11/19/2015 at 12:46 PM
Agreed, tremendous talent right down the line & very deserving -- one need only leaf through the discography sections of Chuck's & Johnny's books to know how much they've accomplished far & wide in the world of music -- & Donna on all those Dead albums -- & Wet Willie -- real nice

 

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  posted on 11/20/2015 at 09:34 AM
Congrats to an awesome class of inductees. It's amazing the music that was made in and around Muscle Shoals area. between Muscle Shoals & Macon I owe the majority of the soundtrack of my adult life and the playlist that stays in rotation on my ipod & in my ears! Now if those A-holes in Cleveland will just look south and give the Marshall Tucker Band their due!
 

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  posted on 11/20/2015 at 11:04 AM
Now if we could get Baker Knight, Wayne Perkins and ... EDDIE HINTON in there ...

 

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