Music – Bringing People of Different Races Together

muscle-shoalsRich Hall brought black and white together during the height of the Civil Rights movement, and he did it by creating music that we still hear today. He did it in Sheffield, AL, in Muscle Shoals Studio along the Tennessee River.

According to history passed down through the generations, when a Native American named Te-lah-nay was born, her grandmother placed her umbilical cord in the Tennessee River, making the river her sister.  Te-lah-nay was displaced during the Trail of Tears which forced the relocation of Native Americans from the Southeast to Oklahoma following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.   Te-lah-nay spent 5 years walking back to Tennessee River.  There is now a wall in that area, recorded in the Library of Congress to commemorate Te-lah-nay’s walk.   It’s called the Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall.

The Yuchi tribe called the river “nunnuhsaw” which means the singing river.  They believed a woman resided in the waters, guiding them with her melodies.

mezzanine_158-1-480x270Musicians recording in Muscle Shoals have long proclaimed the mystical inspiration from the Tennessee River.  Even if one does not believe in mystical inspiration, one cannot deny the musical impact created along the shores of the Tennessee River.  Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Cher,  Wilson Pickett, and Alabama all recorded in the Muscle Shoals studio, sometimes with nothing more than a verse of song.  When the musicians started to play, the song came together.  



In 2016 the W.C. Handy Festival’s Headline Musical Event was titled “I’ll Take You There: The Music of Muscle Shoals.”   The title is that of a song recorded in the Muscle Shoals’ studio by the Staple Singers and is called the epitome of the Muscle Shoals Sound.


Posted on 11/27/2016, in Happy Place, Potpourri and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. yahtzeebutterfly

    I really enjoyed your article here, Xena. How amazing!

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  2. I love this! Thank you. You’ve been busy today!

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  3. chuquestaquenumber1

    As usual a wonderful article. With so much turmoil around us its nice to take a moment to have some ease. Music definitely is a unifying force.Songs like Love Train by O Jays, Get Together by The Youngbloods ,Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone, Black and White by Three Dog Night,Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder are just some of the many songs that spoke of unity between different people.

    Songs that don’t have a unifying message can be appreciated by all kinds of people.
    Volare ,Sukiyaki(the original) The Singing Nun,Eres Tu,and many other non English songs were worldwide hits loved by all kinds of people.

    Even silly songs can unify people.

    Remember the worldwide dance crazes The Funky Chicken,Macarena, Gangam Style.

    I could go on. Thank you for accepting this post.

    Xena I did get your emails will respond to the contact info soon.

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    • Chuquest,
      When you spoke about dances, it brought back many memories, going back to the Twist. The Electric Slide seems to get everyone on the dance floor.

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  4. Perfect song to start my day! If only there was such a place. Thanks for the smile and of course the wonderful memories this song brought with it!

    Have a good day everyone


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