David Cassity

David Bruce Cassidy (April 12, 1950 – November 21, 2017) was an American actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was known for his role as Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge (played by his stepmother Shirley Jones), in the 1970s musical-sitcom The Partridge Family, which led to his becoming one of popular culture’s teen […]

Mel Tillis

Lonnie Melvin Tillis (August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017) was an American country music singer and songwriter. He penned more than 1,000 songs and recorded more than 60 albums in a career that spanned six decades. Many of those songs were recorded by other country music stars such as Kenny Rogers, George Strait and […]

Fats Domino

Fats Domino, died at the age of 89 (February 26, 1928 to October 24, 2017). He was the voice and piano behind hits like “Blueberry Hill” and “Ain’t That a Shame,”. A contemporary of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis, Domino was among the first acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall […]

Arthur Alexander

Arthur Alexander was born in Sheffield, Alabama in 1940 in the center of the main music hub for the state. His father played the guitar and played in local clubs. Arthur soon found himself singing in a gospel group, the Heartstrings. Arthur began to write R&B and Pop songs and recorded “Sally Sue Brown” under […]

Bill Bolen

  Bill Bolen was born in Selma in 1928 and almost from the get-go, had an interest in radio broadcasting. He was working at Sears-Roebuck as a teen and an in-store repairman taught him things about radio. After graduating high school, he went to work for WHBB in his hometown. He continued his work in […]

Ed Boutwell

When you talk about music in Birmingham, the name Ed Boutwell soars above all others. He was to Birmingham what Rick Hall was to Muscle Shoals. Ed founded Birmingham’s very first recording studio in 1951 in his basement. The studio would later move to its most well known location in English Village. Nearly every garage […]