Phil Campbell native Billy Sherrill became known for his lavish orchestrated productions, maintaining the country music instruments such as the steel guitar, but creating a sound that allowed for crossover to the Pop market.
He co-wrote and produced David Houston's number one hit, "Almost Persuaded" in 1966. It was Sherrill who discovered Tammy Wynette, Tanya Tucker, Janie Frickie, and Lacy J. Dalton. In 1968 he co-wrote and produced "Stand By Your Man" with Tamrny Wynette.
He produced hit recordings for others such as George Jones, Charlie Rich, Marty Robbins Barbara Mandrell, Johnny Cash,, David Allen Coe, and Elvis Costello.
Sherrill holds the record for winning the most awards in the history of BMI, and has earned more than 50 number one hits and dozens of gold and platinum records.
Billy Sherrill is the 1995 Lifework Award for Non-Performing Achievement recipient.