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Options July 25, 2015: Guest: Rick Hall the founder of Muscle Shoals, Alabama's FAME recording studios

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Etta James  I Got You Babe   Options Arranged & Produced by Rick Hall and Staff, written by Sonny Bono 
Lou Rawls  Bring It On Home To Me   Options Produced by Rick Hall & David Axelrod, written by Sam Cooke 
Bobbie Gentry  Apartment 21   Options Produced by Rick Hall, Written by John Wilkin 
Del-Rays. The  Fortune Teller   Options Produced by Rick Hall, written by Allen Toussiant 
Blues Busters, The  I Can't Stop No No No   Options Produced by Rick Hall, written by Dan Penn & Roger Hawkins 
Terry Woodford  Gonna Make You Say Yeah   Options On Fame records - no credits, but probably produced & engineered by Rick Hall, written by Hamby, Killen & Woodford 
Lowell Fulsom  Lady in the Rain   Options Engineered by Rick Hall (I think), produced by Gene Kent, written by Fats Washington & Lowell Fulsom 
Prince Phillip MItchell  Keep On Talking   Options Produced by Rick Hall, Arranged by Rick Hall and Staff, written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham 
Dan Penn  Close To me   Options Produced by Rick Hall, written by Dan Penn 
Osmonds, The  One Bad Apple   Options Produced by Rick Hall, written by George jackson 
James Govan  Wanted Lover (No Experience Necessary)   Options Produced by Rick Hall, written by Written by L. Caston & L. Webber 
Roy Lee Johnson  Guitar Man   Options Produced by Rick Hall, written by Roy Lee Johnson 
Kip Anderson  Knife And Fork   Options Produced by Rick Hall & Gene Barge, written by I. Hennie, K. Anderson & C. Derric 
Billy Young  You Left The Water Running   Options Produced by Rick Hall, written by Rick Hall, Dan Penn & Oscar Franck 
Bobby Marchan  Funny Style   Options Produced by Buddy Killen probably recorded by Rick Hall 
Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces  Searching for My Baby   Options Produced by Rick Hall, written by Robert Moore 
Jimmy Hughes  The Loving Physician   Options Produced by Rick Hall, written by Jimmy Hughes 
Spooner & The Spoons  Wish You Didn't Have To Go   Options "A Rick Hall production", written by Dan Pen & Spooner Oldham 
Etta James  Tell Mama   Options Produced by Rick Hall, Arranged by Rick Hall and Staff, written by Clarence Carter 
Arthur Alexander  You Better Move On   Options Recorded & Produced by Rick Hall, written by Arthur Alexander 
Rick Hall  Interview   Options http://heritagebuilders.com/product/man-muscle-shoals/ 
Clarence Carter  Patches   Options Produced by Rick Hall, strings arranged by Jimmy Haskel, written by R. Dunbar, Norman "General" Johnson 
Irma Thomas  Cheater Man (alt version)   Options Produced by Rick hall, written by Dan Penn And Spooner Oldham 
Otis Clay  She's About A Mover   Options Produced by Rick Hall, Arranged by Rick Hall and Staff, 
Laura Lee  As Long As I Have You   Options Produced by Rick Hall & Staff, written by Laura Lee & Gene Barge 
Marcell Strong  Mumble In My Ear   Options Produced & Recorded by Rick Hall, written by R. Moore, M. Strong & E. Cage Jr., strings arranged by Jimmy Haskell, horns by Harrison Calloway Jr 
Scott Schinder  A Minute With   Options  
Mad Fedora Wearing Guy  Is Mad About Fedora Teasing   Options  

CLICK HERE for The Cactus Blossoms on The 30 Minute Music Hour

CLICK HERE for "Cassette Revolution: Why 1980s Tape Tech Is Still Making Noise in Our Digital World"

CLICK HERE for a new Q&A with Brian Wilson

CLICK HERE to read about "The Endless Fall of Suge Knight" (yikes!)

CLICK HERE for Barack Obama on WTF

CLICK HERE for info on the new, all instrumental, Michael Shelley album

CLICK HERE to see SEVEN videos of The Cactus Blossoms' amazing live performance at WFMU

CLICK HERE for a video of David Myhr's cover of Oh Susie, featured on "Even More Super Hits of the Seventies"

CLICK HERE for a documentary and discussion of The Columbia House Record Club

CLICK HERE to test yourself and find out "How Well Can You Hear Audio Quality?"

CLICK HERE for an article about Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" with files of the isolated tracks to listen to

CLICK HERE to see actual AFM contracts for some legendary recording sessions

CLICK HERE to read Carol Kaye review of the book "The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret" or CLICK HERE to read Carol's review of The Hoover Linx Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner, BH50010

CLICK HERE to see part one of a short behind the scenes film about Brian Wilson's new album "No Pier Pressure"

CLICK HERE for Brian Wilson's new song "The Right Time" (feat. Al Jardine) live on SoundStage. and

CLICK HERE for "Wild Honey" feat. Blondie Chaplin & Ricky Fataar

CLICK HERE for a great 2012 Rolling Stone piece about the 2012 Beach Boys reunion

CLICK HERE to see Cory Branan's "You Make Me" (in 3-D if you have the red and blue glasses)

CLICK HERE for a great piece on Better Records, whcih sells old lp pressings that sell for astronomical prices, e.g: The Police’s Synchronicity: $350

CLICK HERE for "Neil Young's PonoPlayer: The Emperor Has No Clothes"

CLICK HERE for "It Sure Seems Like Neil Young’s Pono Player Is Bullshit"

CLICK HERE for "Why Cds May Actually Sound Better Than Vinyl"

CLICK HERE to see some interesting uncut footage of Paul McCartney shot by Albert Maysles

CLICK HERE to create never ending always changing loops of a music files you upload

CLICK HERE for Gay Robot

CLICK HERE for PopSpots: exact locations of album cover photos and other visuals of pop history - tracked down with an obsessive level of research

CLICK HERE for 1971 tapes of Bob Dylan getting rightfully testy with A.J. Weberman (who used to go through and sell Dylan's garbage)

CLICK HERE for "Mind-Blowing Six Song Country Mashup" - which, if it is real, is pretty mind blowing

CLICK HEREfor the answer to the question "Do Coat Hangers Sound As Good Monster Cables?"

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets or CLICK HERE to listen

CLICK HERE to watch Nick Lowe & Lost Straightjjackets live!

CLICK HERE for the genius school teacher who wore the same outfit for yearbook pictures for 40 years

CLICK HERE for a behind the scenes piece about T. Rex’s ‘Get It On

CLICK HERE Foo Fighters with Rick Nielsen doing "Stiff Competition" on David Letterman

CLICK HERE for the preview of the new WFMU documentary "Sex And Broacasting"

CLICK HERE for a piece about mastering that says that sometimes mastering recordings makes them worse

CLICK HERE to watch a great piece on The Ramones!

CLICK HERE for Phil Baugh's "Country Guitar"

CLICK HERE to watch Lou Reed act like a total a-hole

CLICK HERE to watch the BBC Documentary "Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours"

CLICK HERE for The K-Tel Story

CLICK HERE to hear The Odd Couple sing

CLICK HERE for a documentary about record collectors

CLICK HERE for a piece on The Angelettes


CLICK HERE to see "Triumph Watches The World Cup, Part 1"

CLICK HERE for something odd: on the website of session guitarist Jay Graydon (he plays the guitar solo on Steely Dan's "Peg") he lists playing guitar on Cheap Trick's studio version of "I Want You To Want Me" among his 1977 credits.

CLICK HERE for some audio Illusions - "Can You Trust Your Ears"?

CLICK HERE for optical illusions

CLICK HERE for the Abbey Road crossing cam

CLICK HERE for a short film of two craftsmen at work

CLICK HERE to play Name That Drum Fill

CLICK HERE to read "Phish Has Been a Band for Thirty Years Now and They Have Sucked the Whole Time" and then CLICK HERE to read "This Is What Happens When You Make Fun Of Phish On The Internet"

CLICK HERE for the story of Be Bop Deluxe's Bill Nelson and how he says his record label ripped him off

CLICK HERE to read about a recent Jerry Lewis show

CLICK HERE for the new release of 5 Style 1996 live on WFMU

CLICK HERE for Paul Lukas' excellent piece about cultural criticism

CLICK HERE for proof that Michael Nesmith is a nut

CLICK HERE to see some wise asses I'm a fan of

CLICK HERE to hear Bernard Prurdie talk about all kinds of things - including saying "Ringo's not on anything"

CLICK HERE for a film excerpt "Session Men - Memphis"

CLICK HERE for a laugh

CLICK HERE for Roz Chast's piece “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?”

CLICK HERE for a brief history of the baritone guitar"

CLICK HERE for "The Making of 96 Tears"

CLICK HERE for a Rolling Stone piece about The Jerky Boys

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Dues" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE for Ronee Blakley singing "Tapedeck in His Tractor" from "Nashville"

CLICK HERE to play the web Theremin

CLICK HERE to see drummer Joff from the band Bucky so some drawings of old people

CLICK HERE if you want see a lady call for President Obama's execution. My mind keeps returning to his video and what it means about how screwed up our county is.

CLICK HERE for wrong from the get go NPR blog "The Worst Songs Of All Time?"

CLICK HERE for my July 2007 interview with Mighty Hannibal

CLICK HERE for the website of the guy who shot Bigfoot

CLICK HERE to see why the cowardly anonymous culture of the internet drives me even more crazy then art does

CLICK HERE for a little background on the Buddy Rich tapes

CLICK HERE for a weird Tonight Show episode where Jerry Lewis fills in for Johnny, with guest Bob Hope

CLICK HERE for the Jim Keltner Discography

CLICK HERE for the The Knack - this clip (with hard panned guitars) will help you understand the division of guitar parts in this song - which is not quite what I thought it was

CLICK HERE then click "Random Video"

CLICK HERE Rolling Stone's 500 Worst Reviews of All Time, according to Schmidtt

CLICK HERE for the 1966 Esquire Magazine piece "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold"

CLICK HERE for a dumbly titled, but interesting piece on Tom Wilson

CLICK HERE to find out about folks buying old lps in the USA to sell in Europe

CLICK HERE for a grammar test

CLICK HERE for Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee

CLICK HERE to see Jerry Lewis and Al Goldstein show of gadgets in 1976 on "A.M. New York"

CLICK HERE for Nick Lowe's odd appearance on the Adam Carolla show.

CLICK HERE for a $400+ out of print book about Pub Rock that Nick Lowe recommends - OR - buy it HERE for for £20 (about $30), including postage, on Will Birch's website

CLICK HERE for a reminder that you have to be 恋のホワン・ホワン (or HERE, or HERE , or HERE , or HERE, or HERE!)

CLICK HERE for info on an odd e-book "Nick Lowe: A Long Career That Never Gets Stale." It is 4 pages long and "sells" for $1.99. The same author has one about Dean Martin that was reviewed like this: "This pamphlet was complete gargbage. A sixth grader could have written a better essay. All of this author's works should be removed from Amazon."

CLICK HERE for a new interactive video from Bob Dylan

CLICK HERE, but only if you have golden ears

CLICK HERE for some amazing RARE STAX MUSIC from tapes Robert Gordon pulled out of the debris when the STAX building was being torn down!

CLICK HERE for STAX at The White House

CLICK HERE to read the list of the best selling vinyl records of the last 20 years

CLICK HERE for photos of Nashville session cello player Byron Bach's ledger from Paul Lukas' excellent Permanent Record web site

CLICK HERE if you're a BEATLE fan!

CLICK HERE for The Turtles "Happy Together" (vocals only)

CLICK HERE to read the story behind Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” bass line

CLICK HERE I think this hurts ants, but it looks cool - I want one

CLICK HERE for Ernie Bushmiller illustrated autobiography, on an amazing website

CLICK HERE for The Mills Brothers

CLICK HERE for some videos from the BUCKY album 'Women, Ladies and Girls (Sing the Bucky Songbook).' (I especially like THIS ONE! {due to the great acting})

CLICK HERE for James Jamerson & Gladys Knight going nuts on I Heard It Through The Grapevine

CLICK HERE for Wilton Felder's so good isolated bass on "I Want You Back"

CLICK HERE for a 1958 film "The Capitol Tower"

CLICK HERE to find out Popular Science is shutting off their comments

CLICK HERE for " The Weirdest Photos Of Mike Love You Can Find "

CLICK HERE for some Steve Allen bashing

CLICK HERE for Liverpool Scene's "Batpoem Live!

CLICK HERE for a "Step Inside Legendary New Jersey Radio Station WFMU!

CLICK HERE to watch The Beach Boys pretend to record "Good Vibrations"

CLICK HERE for Nick Martellaro version of Los Shakers' Always You

CLICK HERE for info on Fake Amps!

CLICK HERE to hear Gene Simmons say that Ace Frehley is a drugged racist with low self esteem who did nothing

CLICK HERE for a PDF of who plays what on Everly Brothers recordings.

CLICK HERE for How we made "You Really Got Me"!

CLICK HERE for a nice piece about the the L.A. studio musicians who dominated the 70's sound.

I love THESE Beach Boy videos!

CLICK HERE for some classic Jerry. The whole clip is crazy - but 2:13 in is really off the charts nuts.

CLICK HERE for info on an amazing new drug: Unpretentiousil!

CLICK HERE for Paul Anka's famous post-gig turned into a short film!

CLICK HERE for an recent Montclair Times article on Michael Shelley!

CLICK HERE to read how Big Star's "September Gurls" was recorded at Ardent Studios

Apparently Bowie offered "Golden Years" to Elvis Presley - but The King declined. CLICK HERE former guest Stevie Riks nails the Elvis/Bowie duet version.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:03am melinda:

Good morning! What a great cover.
Avatar 11:04am Michael Shelley:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04am Baby:

Avatar 11:05am Michael Shelley:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:06am Melissa Jean:

oh yeah, NOW I'm awake!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09am melinda:

This is one of my favorite Bobbie Gentry songs.
  11:14am Stuart Rose:

Bobbi gentry. Wow!

what an amazing singer and songwriter.
This great beauty always had this melancholy strain in her songs. And the sophisticated arrangements and jazzy touches.
But then she just up and left- it's been more than 30 years since she even performed.
  11:14am myron feld:

I cannot recommend strongly enough The Fame Studio Story 1961-73, a 3-disc set on Kent from a few years ago -- every track a gem.
Avatar 11:16am Michael Shelley:

Apt 21 was written by former guest John Wilkin of Ronny & The Daytonas
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:18am Cal Zone!:

I predict that today's show to be a Solid Soul Groove!
  11:21am Ed (my own transcription):

At Tuesday's Lincoln Center Out of Doors panel Muscle Shoals guitarist JIMMY JOHNSON recalled recording Wilson Pickett's “Land of 1000 Dances” :

The thing I can remember is how scared I was of Jerry Wexler. Jerry had this vocabulary that was beyond belief. I'd bring a dictionary just to try to figure out what the heck he was saying. He had this accent and all of us learned how to imitate him. “Jim-my, baby. Do you get where I'm coming from?” That would scare us to death. Except he was a brilliant guy. He had a limo. I'd never seen a limo before. He was probably considered the greatest guru presently involved in running a record label. And so here were these little rednecks from Alabama down here scared to hell. But Jerry never tried to intimidate you. We were afraid that he might ask us to do something we couldn't do. One day he come up to me and the first time he said, “Jim-my, give me a little GIGGY-GIGGY GONGY-GONGY.” And I was thinking in my mind, 'What to hell is giggy giggy gongy gongy?” I had never heard anything like that. I was almost in a panic state and I said, “Jerry what do you think about this lick,” and I showed him my lick that I wanted to do on a song. He said, “Jim-my, I like that.” And I wanted to thank the Jesus right there. Amazing enough, the very first song that we cut was “Land of 1000 Dances,” and it was a hit.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am Melissa Jean:

@myron I needa check that out. recently got one of their Hall of Fame releases, some great rare stuff on there
  11:29am scott:

Can you identify the bass player on Fulsom's 'Lady in the Rain'- David Hood or Tommy Cogbill maybe?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:29am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- extraordinary stuff. Gratitude.
  11:34am myron feld:

@scott, the notes for the set I mentioned above say it's David Hood on that track.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- oh - just clued in to link to NY Times article: www.nytimes.com...
Avatar 11:40am fred:

@RRN63: Stashu had an astrology show earlier today, did you catch that?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

@fred: Yes - I heard a lot of it. Also a Tarot reader. I appreciate how all that was presented.
Avatar 11:42am Michael Shelley:

Myron - are all these cuts on that box?
  11:45am myron feld:

Etta, Lou, Del Rays, Terry, Lowell, Osmonds, James, Bobby so far
  11:47am myron feld:

But there are other tracks from Bobbie, Kip, and Otis R.'s, demo of You Left The Water Running
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Melissa Jean:

@myron sold
  11:53am myron feld:

@melissa jean There'll be no buyer's remorse! And no, I don't work for Kent.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Melissa Jean:

haha! I believe you
Avatar 12:30pm Mugsy:

Nice to hear you today Michael. Greetings boarders.
  12:34pm LuLu:

Great show!
  12:38pm V Priceless:

Superb, Michael! Thank you!
Avatar 12:41pm drewo:

Another super interview! Always special listening on Saturday morning. Thanks Michael.
  12:43pm V Priceless:

One of the first 45's I bought with my own loot
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:43pm Matt F:

Agreed on that 3 CD fame box. I play stuff from it all the time. Incredible booklet w/color photos too. Michael, it's in the library in the soul/R&B comps section. Great, great interview today!
  12:43pm jwbottom:

Fantastic interview. Thank you!
  12:43pm JakeGould:

Great Rick Hall interview, but winced a bit at the Southerners and NYC part. I was born here and never held any deep prejudices like that towards the South, Midwest or anywhere else. It actually tends to be transplants coming to NYC to “make it” that perpetuate horrible stereotypes of where they came from; lots of self-hatred there. FWIW, I moved out of the Midwest after living there for 5 years partially because I was tired of people constantly asking why I would move from NYC to the Midwest. I don’t know, cheap living, cleaner cities, nicer people? Anyway, I like the parts of the South that like themselves and respect others.
  12:45pm Geokopp:

We saw The Waterboys recently and they had David Hood on bass! He must've been 30 years older than the rest of the band. And of course was great.
  12:46pm myron feld:

Great job, Michael!
  12:46pm Trouble:

truly outstanding interview Michael! that book sounds great, and damn, that Patches song made me cry...
  12:47pm P-90:

@Michael Shelley: Thanks for yet another BRILLIANT interview. The high quality of this show is amazingly consistent, year after year. It's very, very much appreciated!
  12:50pm Adam:

Michael - you should put together a compilation of music by all of your guests songs - or have covers for next year's fmu giveaway.
  12:50pm Geokopp:

Thanks Michael! Great show and interview.
  12:51pm scott:

Thanks Michael, dang good. Myron, got that 3disc set on your word, thank you and thanks Rick Hall: keep making records and great music!
  12:51pm P-90:

And please wait at least another six months before playing "Patches" again. One of the most traumatizing Number One Hits ever...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:52pm Folsom:

That was a great interview.
  12:52pm dennis diken:

just great Mikey, wonderful interview and show!
  12:54pm Cal Zone!:

Another informative and entertaining show Michael! Thank you so much for your tenacity and commitment to helping document the important stories in pop music history.
Avatar 12:56pm dale:

damn, have to go back and listen from the beginning. the pbs doc made rick hall seem like a dictatorial prick, but he seems like a cool guy.
  12:58pm JakeGould:

Oooo! A new hero! Fedora defender! www.youtube.com...
  12:59pm i k e:

HA HA HA! Awesome, haters!
Avatar 12:59pm Juke Joint Jonny:

I hate fedora-hate hating haters
  12:59pm steve:

epic lulz right now
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