A native of Franklin County, Rick Hall rose from a humble background to become known as the "Father of the Muscle Shoals Music Industry."
He came to the Shoals in the late 1950s, and by 1960, had moved his company, Florence Alabama Music Enterprise, known by its acronym FAME, to a warehouse in Muscle Shoals.
He soon began cranking out hits by Arthur Alexander, Jimmy Hughes, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, The Osmonds, and in 1971 was named "Producer of the Year". Hall has produced Paul Anka, Mac Davis, Donny Osmond, Jerry Reed, T.G. Sheppard, Shenandoah and many others.
Hall is the 1985 John Herbert Orr Pioneer Award recipient.