Billy Price interviews Muscle Shoals FAME Producer Rick Hall
Pittsburgh soul legend, Billy Price, talks to legendary Muscle Shoals producer, Rick Hall. Listen to their full conversation below (16 mins long) or check out the produced piece that aired on The Morning Mix (10 mins).
Rick Hall, legendary record producer/songwriter and founder of FAME Studios in Alabama, released a new autobiography titled The Man from Muscle Shoals: My Jorney from Shame to Fame. Additionally, Pittsburgh's own soul legend Billy Price is releasing a new record with Otis Clay called This Time for Real (out on May 19th). Billy Price recently had the chance to interview Rick Hall, and the two ended up having a conversation that's both enlightening and
Rick talks for a bit about his first record, You Better Move On with Arthur Alexander. "I found out he was a very good songwriter," he says, "I modified the lick [from Ben E. King's "Stand By Me"] a little bit so it would sound poppy. That's what we went with."
Hall addresses the passing of the great Percy Sledge by discussing the recording of Percy's first big hit, "When a Man Loves a Woman", and the push to get the song published. He states, "The producers [Quin Ivy, Marlin Greene] were signed to me as songwriters. They came to me and said, 'We've cut some sides on Percy Sledge and I'd like to hear what you think.'...I said, 'I think it's a number one record worldwide.'"
Rick Hall takes some time to talk about some of the other artists he's worked with over the years as well. Among them: Bobby Womack, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Mac Davis, Tom Jones, The Osmonds, Etta James, Bobby Gentry, and Otis Clay.
Billy Price's new album with Otis Clay titled This Time for Real comes out next month on Bonedog Records.
Rick Hall's autobiography, The Man from Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame is currently on sale.