Legendary 1960s music producer Rick Hall sadly passed away on Tuesday, January 2nd. He was 85 years old at the time of his death.
Hall, who is best known for creating the infamous Muscle Shoals sound—a Southern soul style of music, died of prostate cancer according to the New York Times. His wife confirmed the sad news earlier this week.
During his time in the music industry, he worked with several well-known artists including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Wilson Pickett. Many called him the “Father of Muscle Shoals Music,” reported Rolling Stone.
In addition to producing, Hall was the owner of the successful Fame Studio. Rolling Stone also stated that his studio was responsible for roughly 350 million record sales including songs from all-time music legends, such as the Beatles.
Hall was greatly recognized in his lifetime for his musical accomplishments. He had a Grammy award-winning music production and was inducted into the Alabama Hall of Fame in 1985.
Within the last few years, Hall was featured in the documentary Muscle Shoals and received a Grammy Trustees Award for his "significant contribution to the field of recording” in 2014.
Many fans and others in the music industry expressed their love and appreciation for Hall via social media. As singer Mac McAnally stated, “the music world changed” after Hall's death.
Please keep Rick Hall’s friends, family, and loved ones in your prayers. In other recent news, a young Star Trek actor also passed away.