MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama (WAFF) – Imagine, you drive down Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals and spot a woman who looks like Jennifer Hudson stepping out of the iconic FAME recording studios. Double take, it’s Jennifer Hudson.
The Grammy-winning musician traveled south to visit the FAME recording studios in Muscle Shoals just before her new movie, “Respect.” Hudson stars as Soul Queen Aretha Franklin in the biopic set to hit theaters in August 2021.
FAME Music was established in 1959 at Muscle Shoals. This is where Franklin recorded hits like “I Never Loved A Man” and “Do Right Woman”.
Artists such as Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Otis Redding, the Osmonds, Jerry Reed, Alabama, Mac Davis, the Gatlin Brothers and Bobbie Gentry are among those who have recorded in the Sacred Studio with the Muscle Shoals. Rhythm Section. .
The rhythm section, also known as The Swampers, can even be heard on the hit song the film is named after, “Respect”. The film depicts some of the times Franklin was in the studio, working with musicians in the small town of northwestern Alabama.
Of course, Hudson must have visited the place where Franklin recorded some of his most notable works. Before leaving the hit recording capital of the world, she took a photo in front of the classic FAME billboard. Social media followers have gone wild, including us.
Meet the Grammy-winning artist, Oscar-winning actress and bestselling author when the film hits theaters in August.
You can also take a step back in time and visit the place where the queen of soul recorded the music that makes us pick ourselves up in visit FAME and take a tour four yourself.
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