Donny Osmond has the #1 hit on the U.S. pop charts with “Go Away Little Girl”

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Donny Osmond began his professional career in the early 1960s, as the dimpled, five-year-old frontman of the family barbershop quintet. These days, he is still a reliable Las Vegas nightclub draw; an occasional above-the-marquee star of touring Broadway musicals; and an on-again, off-again host of syndicated television chat- and game-shows. For one golden period in the 1970s, however, this hardworking showbiz survivor was a bona fide superstar. That period was well underway on September 11, 1971, when 13-year-old Donny Osmond earned his first solo (and second overall) #1 hit with “Go Away Little Girl.”

Performing together as the Osmonds, Donny and his brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay had burst onto the pop scene just seven months earlier with the #1 hit “One Bad Apple”—a brazen imitation of the bubblegum soul of the Jackson 5. And just as the Jacksons of Gary, Indiana, would soon do with their own lead singer, the Osmonds of Ogden, Utah, quickly moved to make a solo star out of Donny. “We push whoever is in front, and the rest of us divide the work necessary to keep the front runners in first place and the family strong,” is how Olive Osmond—matriarch of the Mormon show-business clan—once explained the process by which her young Donny was soon elevated above his less telegenic brothers.

The material chosen for Donny’s debut fell squarely into the teenybopper mainstream. “Sweet and Innocent,” his debut single, climbed as high as #7 on the pop charts, followed by “Go Away Little Girl,” written by the legendary team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King and previously a #1 hit in 1963 for Steve Lawrence. A string of similar cover tunes would follow, including Paul Anka’s “Puppy Love,” Frankie Avalon’s “Why,” Nat “King” Cole’s “Too Young” and Johnny Mathis’ “The Twelfth Of Never,” all of which were Top 20 hits. A 1973 cover of Elvis Presley’s “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” however, would be Donny’s last Top 20 hit until 1989, when he returned with the #2 hit “Soldier of Love.”

In the intervening years, however, Donny Osmond appears not to have derived all the joy he might have from the success that made him a favorite of the Tiger Beat set in the early 1970s. “Throughout my 20s and into my 30s, I would apologize for my career, for all of the cheesy music I was a part of,” says the conflicted former teen idol. “It wasn’t until my late 30s or early 40s…[that I] thought to myself, ‘You know what? That music was great for what it was, people loved it, it was incredibly successful—why should I feel bad?'”

The Osmonds

The Osmonds are an American family music group who reached the height of their fame in the early to mid- 1970s. Currently consisting of a duo of original members Merrill Osmond and Jay Osmond, the group had its best-known configurations as a quartet (billed as the Osmond Brothers) and a quintet (as the Osmonds). The group has comprised siblings who are all members of a family of musicians from Ogden, Utah and have been in the public eye since the 1960s. [2]

The Osmond Brothers began as a barbershop quartet consisting of brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay. [2] They were later joined by younger siblings Donny and Jimmy, both of whom enjoyed success as solo artists. [3] With the addition of Donny, the group became known as the Osmonds performing both as teen idols and as a soft rock band, their peak lasted from 1971 to 1975. [3] Their only sister Marie, who rarely sang with her brothers at that time, launched a successful career in 1973, both as a solo artist and as Donny's duet partner. By 1976, the band was no longer producing hit singles that year, they transitioned into television with Donny & Marie, a popular variety show that ran until 1979.

A revival of the original Osmond Brothers lineup in the 1980s achieved moderate success in country music, and both Donny and Marie separately made comebacks in their respective fields in the late-1980s. The Osmonds have sold over 77 million records worldwide. [5] The quartet continued to perform through their 50th anniversary in 2007, at which point Alan and later Wayne retired due to health issues Jimmy was recruited after Alan's retirement, with the group performing as a trio until Jimmy suffered a stroke and retired in 2018. Alan's son David Osmond performed with the group in 2019. On October 14, 2019, the original Osmond Brothers quartet reunited for CBS' The Talk for their sister Marie's 60th birthday, billed as the last appearance for the lineup. The brothers performed "The Last Chapter," written as a farewell song and introduced in 2018. [6] Donny & Marie ended an 11-year Las Vegas residency on November 16, 2019. Merrill and Jay continue to perform and tour, [4] as does Donny as a solo artist.

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Donny Osmond discography

The discography of American pop singer Donny Osmond contains 17 studio albums, nine compilation albums, one live album, four video albums, three extended plays, four music videos, 25 singles and eight additional appearances. After several years collaborating with his siblings' band, The Osmonds, he embarked on a solo career in 1971. His debut single, "Sweet and Innocent," reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and made him a teen pop star. Its follow-up entitled "Go Away Little Girl" topped the same chart in 1971. [1] Also in 1971 his debut studio album was released called The Donny Osmond Album. It peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart. [2] His third studio release, Portrait of Donny, reached number six on the Billboard 200 and is his highest-charting album to date. [3] Its two singles became top ten hits on the pop chart: "Hey Girl" and "Puppy Love." [4] He released his fourth studio effort in 1972, Too Young. The record peaked at number 11 on the Billboard 200. [5] It spawned the top 20 pop hits: the title track and "Why." [4] In 1973, Alone Together marked his fifth studio album release and peaked at number 26 in the United States. [6] It spawned his cover of "The Twelfth of Never," which reached number eight on the Hot 100. [4] By the mid 1970s, Osmond reached adulthood adulthood and his career began to decline despite collaborations with his sister, Marie Osmond. [1] In 1976, he recorded an album of disco (Disco Train), which only reached number 145 on the Billboard 200. [7]

Donny Osmond discography
Studio albums17
Live albums1
Compilation albums9
Video albums4
Music videos4
Other appearances8

Although Osmond continued performing his popularity had declined. Yet, in 1989 he returned with the single "Soldier of Love." [1] It became his biggest hit in over a decade on the Hot 100, reaching number two in 1989. [8] His self-titled studio album was also released in 1989 and peaked at number 54 on the Billboard 200. [9] He followed it with 1990's Eyes Don't Lie, which reached number 177 on the all-genre chart. [10] It spawned the single "My Love Is a Fire," which climbed to number 21 on the Hot 100. [4] He worked on various film, television and theater projects during the remainder of the decade. He then released an album of show-tunes entitled This Is the Moment. [1] The project peaked at number 64 on the Billboard 200 list. [11] He then followed it with a collection of love songs in 2002 called Somewhere in Time. [1] In 2007, Osmond's studio album, Love Songs of the 70's, was his highest-charting record in many years, peaking at number 27 on the all-genre survey. [12] His most recent studio release is a collection of cover tunes, The Soundtrack of My Life. [1]


The recording by American country singer Sonny James was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 3602. It first reached the Billboard chart on January 5, 1957. On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at No. 1 on the Best Seller chart, at No. 2 on the Juke Box chart, at No. 4 on the composite chart of the top 100 songs, it reached No. 2. On Billboard's country music charts, it was a No. 1 hit for nine weeks, and remained the longest-reigning of James's 23 chart-topping songs on the chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 8 song of the year for 1957.

The recording was produced by Ken Nelson and was recorded October 30, 1956, at Bradley Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. The vocal backing was provided by Harlan Powell, one of James's band members at the time, Gordon Stoker and one other individual. The Jordanaires backed Sonny James on several songs in the late 1950s and on a few of his songs when he returned to Capitol in 1963, but it was the vocal sounds of The Southern Gentlemen, who joined him in August 1964, that provided his vocal background thru 1971.

The flip side of James's version of "Young Love" was a song called "You're the Reason I'm in Love." That song was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard country charts in early 1957. In 1971, 14 years after the original, James re-recorded that song in a faster-tempoed, horn-heavy rendition as "That's Why I Love You Like I Do" (the original slower-tempoed song featured an electric guitar solo) the newly recorded, re-titled version was released as a single and reached No. 1 in June 1972.

In the book Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry, James' version of this song is mentioned to have been frequently played on the radio at the Spahn Ranch. It was also a term of endearment used by Charles Manson in reference to his female followers. [2]

In 2020, this version was featured in the Netflix psychological thriller film, The Devil All the Time.

The recording by American actor and singer Tab Hunter was released by Dot Records as catalog number 15533. It first reached the Billboard charts on January 19, 1957. It peaked at No. 1 on the following charts: the Disk Jockey chart, the Best Seller chart, the Juke Box chart, and the composite chart of the top 100 songs. This version stayed No. 1 for a full six weeks and became a gold record. Billboard ranked this version as the No. 4 song for 1957. The success of this record led Warner Bros., where Hunter was a contract player, to form Warner Bros. Records.

The recording by the Canadian vocal group The Crew-Cuts was released by Mercury Records as catalog number 71022. It first reached the Billboard chart on January 26, 1957. On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at No. 17 on the Juke Box chart, at No. 17 on the composite chart of the top 100 songs, it reached No. 24.

In late 1965, American singer-songwriter Lesley Gore recorded a version of "Young Love" for her sixth studio album "Lesley Gore Sings All About Love," produced by Shelby Singleton and released in January 1966 by Mercury Records. Gore's rendition of the song was released as the last of three singles from the album in March 1966. The song was met with considerable fanfare, peaking at No. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making "Young Love" both the most successful song from "All About Love" as well as her highest-charting single for 1966.

In 1973, the song was revived by American teen idol Donny Osmond on MGM Records. His version featured Donny's spoken recitation on the first half of the second verse. The Mike Curb and Don Costa produced version became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, reaching No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, spending four weeks at the top in August 1973, [3] and #4 on the Canadian RPM Magazine Top 100. [4]

Donny Osmond (1971-1977)

Donny Osmond made his TV debut on the "Andy Williams Show" in the 1960s at age 5. In early 1971 he became a pop star at age 13 singing lead on the #1 pop hit "One Bad Apple" with his brothers the Osmonds. Just months after that success he released his first top 10 solo hit "Sweet and Innocent." It was followed by the #1 smash "Go Away, Little Girl." Donny Osmond had three more top 10 solo hits and two top 10 duets with sister Marie by the time he turned 20 in 1977. Donny Osmond was arguably the most prominent teen pop star of the decade in the 1970s.

After the "Donny and Marie" TV variety show ended in 1979, Donny Osmond set about restructuring his image as an adult performer for the new decade. He appeared on Broadway in 1982 in a revival of George M. Cohan's "Little Johnny Jones." Osmond returned to the pop charts late in the decade with 1989's #2 charting pop smash "Soldier of Love." In the 1990s he received critical acclaim appearing in over 2,000 performances of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." He continues to be a popular celebrity and won "Dancing With the Stars" in 2009.

Donny’s Comeback Bid: Mr. Clean No More : After a decade-long slump, Osmond has a new dance album . . . and a grittier image to go with it

It’s sometimes hard to believe that Donny Osmond was once on top of the music world, giving serious competition to fellow child prodigy Michael Jackson.

Through 1978, when he last released a record in this country, Donny had accumulated 26 Top 40 singles--compared to Michael’s 23. Osmond’s hits included records with his brothers (“One Bad Apple,” “Yo-Yo”), duets with sister Marie (“I’m Leaving It All Up to You,” “Morning Side of the Mountain”) and solo works (“Puppy Love” and “Go Away Little Girl”).

But Michael went on to become possibly the biggest pop star since Elvis. And Donny?

Saddled with a cutesy and unhip image that was cemented by his tenure on the “Donny and Marie” TV variety show, Osmond, now 31, has been fighting for 10 years to persuade the music industry that he is a serious artist. During that time, he recorded two albums that were never released.

But Osmond hopes that the false starts are behind him. His dance-accented pop single “Soldier of Love” reached the Top 30 in England last summer, leading Virgin Records to release an album of aggressive dance tunes by Osmond there last month. According to the singer, who co-wrote five of the songs, some labels are considering picking it up for U.S. release.

“They’re not going to expect this kind of music from Donny Osmond,” he said recently, relaxing between vocal sessions in a Hollywood recording studio. “Radio stations are gonna have fun with it. They’re gonna say, ‘I’m gonna play this for ya, and you try to guess who it is, ‘cause you’ll never believe it.’ ”

Last week, that prediction came true.

WPLJ-FM, the influential New York City station, began playing “Soldier of Love” without revealing who the artist was. According to music director Jessica Ettinger, the song was a Top 10 request every night (only three people guessed who it was), and when Osmond made an appearance on the air a week later for the revelation, said Ettinger, “the phone response was unbelievable.”

Donald Clark Osmond broke into show business in 1962 at age 4 as a guest in his brothers’ barbershop quartet act in Lake Tahoe. He later officially joined his brothers--Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay--in the group as regulars on Andy Williams’ weekly variety TV show. After recording a series of flops for different labels, the Osmonds exploded on the music scene in 1971 with “One Bad Apple” under the guidance of Mike Curb, who had signed them to MGM Records. Donny’s pairing with sister Marie as a recording duo in 1974 led to their successful TV show from 1976 through ’78, followed by “The Osmond Family Show,” which lasted just 10 weeks in 1979. Osmond, unhappy with the direction of the TV show, began looking for a way to break away from the simple pop tone of his ‘70s music in 1979 but couldn’t find a record company that would give him the necessary freedom.

He says the biggest blow came in 1982 with the patriotic Broadway musical, “Little Johnny Jones.” Though Osmond was again playing an all-American boy, it was a bold attempt to build credibility in a new field. And he says he put his “heart and soul” into it.

But the play was ravaged by the critics and closed on opening night.

“If there’s anything I’m more proud of, but more (demoralized) by, it’s that play,” he said. “The dancing . . . was absolutely top-notch and the singing was brilliant. We had to stop the show twice for standing ovations!”

What irritated Osmond was critics who made jokes about his toothy smile. “They started talking about the image rather than the show,” he said.

The remarks hit so hard that Osmond grew a beard and withdrew from the spotlight for almost two years. Looking back, he says, “I was trying to hide, because it was really the first time I had failed at something.”

Finally, he pulled himself together for another try at re-establishing his career. “I shaved off my beard, and said, ‘Come on, get off your duff.’ ”

In 1985, Osmond moved from Utah to Irvine with his wife, Debbie, and their three sons (now ages 3, 7 and 9).

That year, he made progress in changing his image when he appeared as an out-of-work singer in Jeff Beck’s “Ambitious” video. His line in the video, as he auditions for a lead-singer gig: “I’ve sung with my family, and I used to sing with a chick named Marie.”

After that, Osmond began showing up at Hollywood parties, posing for pictures with such unlikely companions as Boy George and Billy Idol. And, in March of 1986, he surprised many by speaking out against the Parents Music Resource Center, which has called for warning labels on albums that might be unsuitable for youngsters.

“The whole strategy was to let people know I’m a real individual--a real human being,” said Osmond. “And not some concocted fad, fly-by-night pretty face who was in the right place at the right time.”

Frank Rand, a talent executive at Epic Records at the time, was typical of industry insiders who didn’t take the former teen star seriously. “I had that total, unequivocal image of him,” he said. “And it scared the (hell) out of me--the thought of his name connected with mine.”

But Rand became one of Osmond’s biggest supporters.

“It’s amazing one person could have so much musical talent and not be able to (release records),” said Rand, who signed Osmond to Epic in 1986.

Peter Gabriel, who met Osmond at a U.N. benefit concert in New York where both performed, also believed in Osmond and urged him to see producer George Acogney, who had arranged Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” hit. Osmond went to England to record with Acogney, but he was dropped from Epic--by Rand’s new superior--before the project was finished.

Simon Draper, head of Virgin Records in England, liked the tracks that Osmond had done with Acogney and signed Osmond, who completed the project with New York-based writer/producers Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers. One of their collaborations: the hit single “Soldier of Love.”

Despite all the pessimism that he’s heard heard about his comeback effort, Osmond maintained a stubborn perseverance through it all.

“I get a lot of that from my father,” he said. “He had a very difficult life. . . . He came from a broken home. He lost his father when he was 3. He had to fight for everything he got. It certainly wasn’t served to him on a silver platter. When I think of all the hardships he had to go through, it’s an inspiration to me.”

Confident with his first new album in 10 years, Osmond says that having a big seller is not necessarily his main goal. And he’s not deterred by the fact that his album has yet to make the British charts. “I always said it’s going to take two or three albums. I just want it to regain some respect for Donny Osmond and the talent that he does have. This album will bring people up to date.

“Virgin’s treating me just right, and I want to find the same thing here.” But he says he’s not concerned about which label will pick up his album in the States.

“They like my album, they can listen to it,” he says. “But I’m not going out knocking on doors anymore. That’s not my gig anymore, because I’m starting to realize that I’m just as good as anyone else out there.”


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Ο Donny Osmond ξεκίνησε την επαγγελματική του σταδιοδρομία στις αρχές της δεκαετίας του 1960, ως ο πεντάχρονος frontman του οικογενειακού κουαρτέτου του κουρέματος. Αυτές τις μέρες, είναι ακόμα μια αξιόπιστη κλήρωση νυχτερινών κέντρων στο Λας Βέγκας. ένα περιστασιακό αστέρι του μαρκάρικου του Μπρόντγουεϊ. και μια ξανά, ξανά, φιλοξενία συνδικαλιστικών τηλεοπτικών και τηλεοπτικών εκπομπών. Για μια χρυσή περίοδο στη δεκαετία του 1970, ωστόσο, αυτός ο σκληρά εργαζόμενος επιζώντας του showbiz ήταν καλός σούπερ σταρ. Αυτή η περίοδος ήταν σε εξέλιξη αυτή τη μέρα το 1971, όταν ο 13χρονος Donny Osmond κέρδισε το πρώτο του solo (και το δεύτερο συνολικό) # 1 με το "Go Away Little Girl".

Ο Osmonds, ο Donny και οι αδελφοί του Alan, Wayne, Merrill και Jay είχαν ξεσπάσει στην pop σκηνή μόλις επτά μήνες νωρίτερα με το # 1 χτύπημα "One Bad Apple", μια μαύρη απομίμηση της soul bubblegum του Jackson 5. Και ακριβώς όπως οι Jacksons του Gary, Indiana, θα έκαναν σύντομα με τον τραγουδιστή τους, οι Osmonds του Ogden, Γιούτα, γρήγορα μετακόμισαν για να κάνουν ένα σόλο αστέρι από τον Donny. "Πατάμε όποιον είναι μπροστά και όλοι μας χωρίζουμε το έργο που απαιτείται για να κρατήσουμε τους πρώτους δρομείς στην πρώτη θέση και την οικογένεια ισχυρή", εξήγησε ο Olive Osmond, σύμβουλος της clan'once του Mormon show business, εξηγώντας τη διαδικασία με που η νεαρή της Donny ήταν σύντομα ανυψωμένη πάνω από τους λιγότερο αδελφούς αδελφούς της.

Το υλικό που επιλέχτηκε για το ντεμπούτο του Donny έπεσε ευρέως στην mainstream teenybopper. Το "Sweet and Innocent", το ντεμπούτο του single, ανέβηκε στο # 7 στα pop charts, ακολουθούμενο από το "Go Away Little Girl", το οποίο γράφτηκε από τη θρυλική ομάδα Gerry Goffin και Carole King και το προηγούμενο χτύπημα το 1963 για Ο Steve Lawrence. Θα ακολουθήσει μια σειρά από παρόμοιες μελωδίες κάλυψης, όπως το "Puppy Love" του Paul Anka, το "Γιατί", το "Too Young" του Frankie Avalon και το "The Twelfth Of Never" του Johnny Mathis, . Ένα κάλυμμα του 1973 του Elvis Presley, "You Are Lonesome Tonight," θα ήταν το τελευταίο hit του Donny μέχρι το 1988, όταν επέστρεψε με το # 2 hit "Solder of Love".

Εντούτοις, στο παρελθόν 15 χρόνια, ο Donny Osmond φαίνεται να μην έχει αποκομίσει όλη τη χαρά που θα μπορούσε να έχει από την επιτυχία που τον έκανε αγαπημένο του Tiger Beat που τέθηκε στις αρχές της δεκαετίας του 1970. "Σε όλη μου τη δεκαετία του ཐ και στα 30 μου, θα ζητούσα συγγνώμη για την καριέρα μου, για όλη την τυροκομική μουσική στην οποία ήμουν μέρος", λέει το συγκρουόμενο πρώην έφηβος είδωλο. "Δεν ήμουν μέχρι τα τέλη της δεκαετίας του ཚ ή στις αρχές της δεκαετίας του ཤ . σκέφτηκα τον εαυτό μου, 'Ξέρεις τι Αυτή η μουσική ήταν μεγάλη για ό, τι ήταν, οι άνθρωποι την αγάπησαν, ήταν απίστευτα επιτυχής γιατί θα πρέπει να αισθάνομαι άσχημα "

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Any discussion about American music that doesn’t include Muscle Shoals, Alabama isn’t really a discussion at all. Heart-pounding. Soul-shaking. Iconic. Many words have been used to describe the Muscle Shoals sound. It’s the sound that implored a generation of musicians to travel to the southern banks of the Tennessee river, searching for a bit of that Muscle Shoals magic. Fame Recording Studios is where it all Started and where that sound lives on today.

Originally housed above City drugstore in Florence, Alabama, Florence Alabama Music Enterprises was founded in 1959 by Rick Hall, Billy Sherrill and Tom Stafford.

In 1960, Hall took over sole ownership and shortened the name to the acronym FAME and temporarily moved to Wilson Dam Highway in Muscle Shoals. This is where Muscle Shoals would have its first international success. With Arthur Alexander’s “You Better Move On”. Hall took that money, along with a borrowed $10,000, built and moved the studio to its current location at 603 East Avalon Avenue, Muscle Shoals. Beginning with the legendary session that produced Jimmy Hughes’ “Steal Away”, FAME has been producing chart-topping hits ever since.

The famous sign above the entryway into FAME’s studios reads: “Through these doors walk the finest Musicians, Songwriters, Artists, and Producers in the World”. This is as true today as it was in 1961. Since it first opened its doors, FAME has welcomed a literal who’s who of music royalty from Etta James, Wilson Pickett, and Aretha Franklin to Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, and Jason Isbell. They have all come searching for the beautiful, soulful, sonic footprint that defines FAME Recording Studios.

FAME Recording Studios’ lush acoustics and unique musical legacy have made it one of the most sought after recording studios in the world. It’s the room where Aretha Franklin found her sound. It’s the room where Wilson Pickett whaled on “Mustang Sally”. It’s where Clarence Carter has recorded for five decades. It’s the room that continually produces chart-topping, generation-defining music year after year after year, including the 2019 #1 Americana album Muscle Shoals – Small Town Big Sound which included #1 Americana single, Grace Potter’s “I’d Rather Go Blind”

FAME Publishing was founded in 1959 by Rick Hall, Billy Sherrill and Tom Stafford.

FAME writers Billy Sherrill, Dan Penn and Rick Hall have cuts on Roy Orbison, Brenda Lee and Tommy Roe.

Rick Hall took over as sole owner of FAME.

Late 1961 Rick Hall produced Muscle Shoals’ first hit record on Arthur Alexander. The song, “You Better Move On”, was later covered by the Rolling Stones.

FAME’s first house rhythm section included Norbert Putnam, David Briggs, Peanut Montgomery and Jerry Carrigan.

FAME moves its studios and offices to the current location on Avalon Avenue in Muscle Shoals.

Jimmy Hughes has a huge hit with “Steal Away” on FAME Records, the first record done at the new location. Hughes went on to have seven hit records most of which were for FAME Records.

The Tams record their huge hit “What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am”.

Buddy Killen brings Joe Tex to FAME to record the gold record “Hold On To What You’ve Got”.

Rick Hall produces Etta James’ Tell Mama album. This was James’ biggest hit. This album has been praised as one of the greatest albums of the Rock and Roll era. “Tell Mama” was written by Clarence Carter and published by FAME.

FAME helps place the Muscle Shoals classic “When A Man Loves A Woman”. FAME Records Clarence Carter has his very first hit with “Slip Away”. Clarence went on to record three gold records, “Patches” , “Too Weak to Fight” and “Slip Away” among many other hits at FAME. Clarence’s recent recording marks the fifth consecutive decade that he has cut at FAME. Clarence was also a writer for FAME Publishing. In 1972 Clarence’s record “Patches” was nominated for a Grammy.

Wilson Pickett comes to FAME to fire off a string of classic recordings. “Mustang Sally”, “Funky Broadway”, “Land of 1000 Dances” and “Hey Jude” featuring Duane Allman are only some of the songs that came from these sessions.

Jerry Wexler brings his newly signed artist Aretha Franklin to FAME. Franklin had been signed to Columbia for four years with no success. Her first cut at FAME was the million selling double sided smash, “I Never Loved A Man” and “Do Right Woman”. This album won a Grammy for Album of the Year. FAME also published “Do Right Woman”.

Otis Redding brings Arthur Conley to FAME to record the soul classic “Sweet Soul Music”. On a later visit to FAME Otis cut one of his last records, “You Left The Water Running” which was also published by FAME.

The second house rhythm section, later memorialized as the “Swampers” in Lynyrd Skynrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”, left in 1969 to form their own studio, Muscle Shoals Sound.

FAME Records inks a joint venture with Capitol Records for Capitol to distribute FAME Records. FAME’s artist roster included: Clarence Carter, Candi Staton, Dan Penn, Arthur Conley and Willie Hightower. In 1970 Mike Curb brought a new young group, the Osmonds, to FAME. The Osmonds sold eleven million records in 1971. They had a string of smashes with “One Bad Apple”, “Yo-Yo”, and “Down By The Lazy River”. Donny released several FAME recorded solo albums which were all million sellers, including the hits “Go Away Little Girl” and the Rick Hall/Billy Sherrill song “Sweet and Innocent”. In 1974 Marie Osmond came to town to do her This is the Way That I Feel album. The Osmond Brothers returned to FAME in the 80’s to do their first country record, and had two hits off of the Electra album. Marie also returned to do some work in the 90’s. In 2001 Marie’s son Steven Craig came to Muscle Shoals for a little magic on his upcoming Def Jam release.

1970 Rick Hall was nominated for a Grammy in the “Producer of the Year” category.

In 1971 Mac Davis started recording a string of twelve albums of FAME. Mac had four Gold and platinum records produced by Rick Hall. Hits that came from Mac were: “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me”, “Stop and Smell The Roses”, “Friend Woman Lover Wife”, “Texas In My Rearview Mirror” and “Hooked on Music”.

Billboard Magazine names Rick Hall the World’s Producer of the Year for 1971.

FAME Records Capitol distribution deal ends with FAME placing 29 records in the R&B Top 40 and nine in the Pop Top 40.

FAME Records inks distribution deal with United Artists.

Legendary singer/songwriter, Paul Anka signs with FAME Records. Anka records the smashes “One Man Woman”, “One Hell of A Woman”, “I Don’t Like To Sleep Alone” and “You’re Having My Baby”. Each were million sellers with the latter selling five million.

FAME reinvests in its publishing operations signing several new young writers including Walt Aldridge, Tommy Brasfield, Steven Dale Jones and Robert Byrne.

Grammy winner Terri Gibbs comes to record at FAME.

Walt Aldridge and Tommy Brasfield’s “There’s No Getting Over Me” is recorded by Ronnie Milsap. The song is #1 on both the pop and country charts for several weeks and wins ASCAP’s Song of the Year, the first for FAME Publishing.

Aldridge and Brasfield, along with Robert Byrne, continue to burn up the country charts with hits on acts such as Earl Thomas Conley, T. Graham Brown, Ricky Van Shelton, Ronnie Milsap and Alabama. These hits included “Holding Her and Loving You”, “That Was A Close One”, “How Do I Turn You On”, “I Can’t Win for Losing You”, “Simple Man” and “Once in A Blue Moon”. Rick Hall produces the Houston to Denver CD for Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers. The CD was widely acclaimed as the group’s best in years and yielded three top 10 singles.

RCA’s Jerry Reed comes to FAME after over five years without a chart record. Reed records his next four albums at FAME. These sessions included the #1 records, “She Got The Goldmine I Got The Shaft”, penned by Tim Dubois, and “The Bird”. Once again an artist’s career is turned around at FAME. Drums on these sessions were played by a new guy from Shreveport, Louisiana named James Stroud.

Walt Aldridge pens “My Love is Chemical” sung by Lou Reed for the Mikhail Baryshnikov & Gregory Hines movie White Nights.

The Beatles Live at the BBC is released containing the FAME Publishing tune, “A Shot of Rhythm and Blues”.

In 1987 Rick Hall signs a band playing at a local club down the street from FAME. The group later became known as Shenandoah. After co-producing five sides with Robert Byrne, they took the group to Sony Records who immediately signed the act and FAME Productions to a deal. Walt Aldridge and Gary Baker’s group, the Shooters, were also signed under this production deal. Shenandoah did four albums for Sony and had seven #1 records in a row before leaving Sony and FAME Productions. In 1988 the group won TNN Music City News award for Best Group.

FAME sells its publishing catalog to EMI in 1989.

Another company is formed with Rick Hall and his three sons, Mark, Rodney and Rick Jr. Rick Hall Sr. turns over day to day operations of the company. Publishing hits continue to flow throughout the 90’s from FAME’s songwriters. Gary Baker, Mark Narmore, Brad Crisler, Bruce Miller, Mark Hall, Tony Colton along with Walt Aldridge all pen several hits for FAME.

In 1994 John Michael Montgomery cuts the FAME Publishing classic, “I Swear”. The song goes to #1 for four weeks. Atlantic pop artist All-4-One covered the country smash and their version was at #1 for a Billboard Magazine record 17 weeks. “I Swear” was #1 in every country in the world. The song went on to win every award imaginable including ASCAP country and pop “Song of the Year”, Grammy for Country “Song of the Year” and ACM Country “Song of the Year”. FAME also won American Songwriter Magazine “Publisher of the Year”. The song was involved in over 20 million record sales.

FAME Publishing has hits with John Michael Montgomery, Pam Tillis, Blackhawk, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, All-4-One and Shenandoah.

In 1996 Mark Hall Co-wrote “I Like It I Love It” which went on to be #1 on the country charts for 4 weeks. This song also was nominated for numerous country awards and won the American Songwriter Magazine Song Of The Year.

1997 Sons of the Desert have a top 10 record with Brad Crisler’s “Whatever Comes First”.

1997 Tony Colton pens LeAnn Rimes’ smash “Commitment”.

In 1999 FAME Publishing sells partial catalog to Music and Media.

Rodney and Mark Hall buy the remaining shares of stock from Rick Hall, as he decides to conserve his time for his production efforts.

Dixie Chicks Bruce Miller’s “Once You’ve Loved Somebody” for the Wide Open Spaces CD which has sold eleven million records to date.

In 2000 Tim McGraw cuts and releases FAME’s “Some Things Never Change”, co-written by FAME writer Brad Crisler. The publishing company replenishes its writing staff with new young writers James LeBlanc and Victoria Banks, with veteran Russell Smith to anchor the group. Rick Hall produces part of the Alabama When It All Goes South CD at FAME in 2000.

Since 2000 FAME Publishing has had cuts on the Dixie Chicks, George Strait, Joe Diffie, Martina McBride, Travis Tritt, Sara Evans, Cyndi Thomson, Aaron Tippin, Billy Ray Cyrus, Alabama, John Michael Montgomery, Chris Ledoux, Perfect Stranger, 3 of Hearts, Chad Brock, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Michael Peterson, Kristin Garner, T. Graham Brown, Wild Horses and Kenny Chesney.

Victoria Banks has the to 10 single on Sara Evans, “Saints and Angels”.

James LeBlanc has the Travis Tritt single, “Modern Day Bonnie & Clyde”.

2000 Jason Isbell signs with FAME Publishing.

Jason Isbell joins the Drive By Truckers

In 2001 FAME Publishing established a subsidiary label, Muscle Shoals Records, immediately signing Amazing Rhythm Aces front man Russell Smith and Muscle Shoals super group The Decoys as their first acts.

Drive by Truckers record the “Dirty South” album at FAME Studio B

James LeBlanc lands two cuts on Rascal Flatts #1 “Feels Like Today” album

2007 Jason Isbell records debut album “Sirens of the Ditch” recorded at FAME Studio B. The entire album is published by FAME.

Bettye Lavette records her Grammy nomitated album “Scene of the Crime” at FAME.. Studio A

Heartland records the song of the year “I Loved her First” in FAME Studio B.. with longtime colleague Walt Aldridge handling the production duties.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Spooner Oldham begins his solo project at FAME.

James LeBlanc and John Paul White pen the Jason Aldean smash “Relentless”

James LeBlanc, Matt Warren and Gary Allan write the Gary Allan top 10 record “Learning How to Bend”

Band of Horses record a portion of their massive hit album “infinite Arms in FAME’s studio A

Jamey Johnson records his great version of “Two out of Three Ain’t Bad” at fame.

2009 Dylan LeBlanc signs with FAME Publishing and records his debut album “Pauper’s Field” recorded in FAME Studio B. The entire album is published by FAME

2009 Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit record their self titled album. The entire album is published by FAME

2010 Jason Isbell and the 400 unit records “Here We Rest” album. The entire album is published by FAME

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Live from Alabama is released. The entire album is published by FAME.

2012 Eli “Paperboy” Reed records “Steal Away” for the then unamed album that will become “Muscle Shoals Small Town, Big Sound” album. He also records “Shock to the System”

2013 Phish Records part of “Fuego” album at FAME, produced by Bob Ezrin.

2013 Jason Isbell releases “Southeastern”. The entire album is published by FAME.

Jan 23-24 Anderson East records “The Muscle Shoals Sessions – Live from FAME” EP

2015 Cyril Neville and the Royal Southern Brotherhood record “Don’t Look Back” album at FAME

March 2016 Gregg Allman records his final farewell album “Southern Blood” at FAME. RIP Gregg Allman!

Eric Essix records his album, “This Train” at FAME

December 2016 Chris Gelbuda records his debut album

2016 Kirby Brown records “Uncommon Prayer” album at FAME

December 2016 Scott Sharrard, Gregg Allman’s bandleader records his album “Saving Grace” at FAME.

2017 Blind Boys of Alabama record their “Almost Home” album at FAME.

2017 Paul Thorn records part of his “Don’t Let the Devil Ride” with guests the Blind Boys of Alabama

2017 Third Day records their farewell album “Revival” at FAME with Monroe Jones producing.

March 8, 2017 Vince Gill records “True Love” for the Muscle Shoals Small Town Big Sound” album.

March 14, 2017 Michael McDonald records “Cry Like a Rainy Day” for the Muscle Shoals Small Town Big Sound” album.

Feb 27, 2017 Tom Johnston and Delbert McClinton record “Giving it up for your love”

Peter Levin records is debut album at FAME.

May 2017 Alan Jackson records “Wild Horses” for the Muscle Shoals Small Town Big Sound” album.

March 15, 2017 Keb’ Mo’ records “The Road of Love forthe Muscle Shoals Small Town Big Sound” album.

March 16, 2017 Alison Krauss records “Come and Go Blues” forthe Muscle Shoals Small Town Big Sound” album.

June 22, 2017 tracks for Aloe Blacc’s “I’ll Take you There” is recorded for the “Muscle Shoals Small Town Big Sound” album.

August 23, 2017 Mike Farris and the Blind Boys of Alabama record “Respect Yourself” for the “Muscle Shoals Small Town Big Sound” album.

2017 Paul Cauthen records “My Gospel” at FAME

2017 the Texas Gentlemen record “Texas Jelly”

November 29, 2017 Chord Overstreet records “We’ve got Tonight” for the “Muscle Shoals Small Town Big Sound” album.

January 2, 2018 Bishopp Gunn records “Alabama” single for the “Natchez” album at FAME.

February 13, 2018 Robben Ford records

March 11, 2018 Brent Smith from Shinedown recorded “Mustang Sally” for the “Muscle Shoals Small Town Big Sound” album.

March 6, 2018 track for Grace Potter’s “I’d Rather Go Blind” is recorded.

March 27, 2018 Demi Lovato records an Aretha classic at FAME

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April 24-27 2018 Steven Tyler records “Brown Sugar” for the Muscle Shoals Small Town Big Sound” album.

October 1-5, 2018 – Betty Fox Band

October 15-20, 2018 – Stephen Knight

November 2018 Foy Vance records at FAME

2018 Murray Cook – the red wiggle from the Wiggles.

November 6, 2018 – Muscle Shoals Small Town Big Sound album goes to #1 for the first of 5 weeks on the Americana album charts.

November 6, 2018 – Grace Potter’s “I’d Rather Go Blind” hits #1 on the Americana singles chart for first of two weeks at the top spot

November 26-30, 2018 – Cody Brooks

January 25, 2019 – Muscle Shoals Small Town Big Sound Vinyl released

Feb 4-8, 2019 – Bishop Gunn starts recording new album.

February 15, 2019 – SSL 5056E delivered to newly remodeled FAME Studio B

February 19-23 & May 1-3, 2019 – Foy Vance comes into work on his upcoming album “Foy Vance From Muscle Shoals”

May 7-9, 2019 – The Revivalists records and videos upcoming release including “Oh No”

May 21-22 & August 21-23, 2019 – Maggie Rose album

June 1-10, 2019 – Savants of Soul record upcoming release

August 22, 2019 – Blind Boys of Alabama record background vocals on War and Treaty project

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