Florence native James Joiner gained much of his early musical experience as a member of the U.S. Army playing USO shows in Europe.
When he left the service, he returned to Florence, but continued music as a sideline. Joiner formed Tune Recording Studio in 1958 and provided the first recording experience for musicians such as David Briggs, Spooner Oldham, Jerry Carrigan, Donnie Fritts, and many others.
As a songwriter, Joiner penned the first hit to spring from the Muscle Shoals music industry, and recorded it, "A Fallen Star," on Bobby Denton of Cherokee.
Joiner is the 1991 John Herbert Orr Pioneer Award recipient.