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"Muscle Shoals Horns' long career had endless hits"
This is a newspaper photograph and article about the Muscle Shoals Horns.
"Muscle Shoals music icon Percy Sledge dies"
This is an obituary from the Times Daily for Percy Sledge.
"Percy Sledge dies at 74; sang 'When a Man Loves a Woman'"
This is an obituary from the Los Angeles Times for Percy Sledge, who was born in Leighton, Alabama.
"Ruff book, recording at local libraries"
This is a newspaper article about Sheffield musician Willie Ruff.
"Sheffield 'Pop' Singer Held on Drug Charge"
This is an article about a raid on the home of singer Arthur Alexander in 1969. The raid netted "marijuana" and "other forms of unidentified drugs." While Alexander was an accomplished singer and a generally regarded as a country/soul pioneer, the…
"The Burrell Normal Musical"
These are newspaper clippings about the Burrell Musical featuring Madam Anita Brown, an African American soprano singer. The event was held at Burrell Normal School, with seats reserved for white people.
"The Butler's Boogie"
This is the album cover for the Butler Twins album, "The Butler's Boogie: Live at the Attic 'Home of the Blues'." The Butler Twins were Clarence and Curtis Butler, born in 1942 in Killen, Alabama, and were inspired to play music by their father,…
"William C. Handy is Given Welcome"
This is a newspaper article about W.C. Handy and a benefit concert he was performing at to raise money for a black school. According to Florence historian Lee Freeman, the concert was to raise funds for a black school to "serve children of Blessed…
"Willie Ruff to play Sunday at Florence 1st Presbyterian"
This is a newspaper clip about Willie Ruff, a Sheffield musician who helped to start the first annual W.C. Handy Music Festival in 1982.
"WZZA--The Shoals Sole Soul Station"