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Observations & Notes about the History of Music from Florence, AL

If you want to learn more about the history of music in Florence, AL, contact Muscle Shoals Gold and take advantage of my writing services. I am very knowledgeable about a wide range of topics, including history, tourism, professional music, and Muscle Shoals Sound.

Elvis Presley

I first became aware of Elvis when he released “Hound Dog,” which had first been released by Alabama native Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton. I, as a child, would stand on the fireplace hearth and sing along with Elvis as his record played on the radio.

I was lucky enough to see Elvis perform at the Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, Texas, even though my Army buddy Jimmy Gurley and I were in the nosebleed section. 

Jake Hess

Jake Hess, a Limestone County, Alabama, native backed Elvis Presley with his group The Imperials. The emotive singer also had the distinction of singing at the funerals of Hank Williams and Elvis.

I was fortunate enough to interview Jake over the years and I nominated him the year he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. 

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