Fred Bevis

Studio Owner Muscle Shoals pioneer studio owner

Born: Sheffield, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

Fred Bevis, who had converted an old casket factory at 3614 Jackson Highway into a four-track studio, was ready to sell. The four musicians pooled their assets and bought it. With a promise or steady work from Wexler, they immediately upgraded to eight track. Their first project for Atlantic was Cher, and although that project was reasonably successful, it was the next visitor who would firmly establish the studioÕs FM album rock credentials.

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1969-The birth of the "Muscle Shoals Sound" studio was prompted by a series of events. (1) The Swampers were being held back by Rick Hall at FAME. (2) Terry Woodford, during an 8 phone conversation with Roger Hawkins encouraged him to get with the others guys and purchase the Fred Bevis recording studio at 3614 Jackson Highway in Sheffield. Terry believed that the boys could record hit records without a producer and time proved him right. (3) Rick Hall was ready to sign a contract with Capitol Records that would not allow the studio band to do session work at any other studio but FAME. This would starve the band since they only worked at FAME a few days a month. (4) Jerry Wexler had promised the band, if they made the move, that Atlantic Records would help them buy equipment and bring in 18 months of business. This was too much to pass on so the guys made the move.

Source: http://www.donwalker.net/timeline.htm

 

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