Constellium is a global, sector, leader, strongly committed to designing and manufacturing innovative and high valued added aluminum product and solutions for a broad range of applications dedicated primarily to aerospace, automotive, and packaging markets. The history of Constellium dates almost as far back as the commercial production of aluminum, and our know-how today has grown out of the expertise of Pechiney, Alusuisse, allan, and Wise Metals. Constellium's plant, located in Muscle Shoals, is extremely proud to be a part of the Shoals community and pleased to have contributed all the recycled aluminum as the artistic medium for the Singing River Sculptures and the Singing River Sculpture Garden.
The Shoals began its long heritage as an aluminum manufacturing community with the construction of the Reynolds facility in April 1941. The facility was purposed for the Defense Plant Corporation, a federal agency. Incredibly, just three months later, the first ingot was rolled on the hotline. At that time, our country was just beginning to recover from the Great Depression. The construction and opening of the plant created much-needed jobs in our community. The selection of the site in the Shoals area was primarily due to the abundant electrical power created by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the dam system along the Tennessee River. Initially, the facility produced aluminum to support the World War II effort.
2014Blown Away, Before He Cheats, and hundreds of other hits over the decades.
The heart and soul of Muscle Shoals music has always been the players and singers. Four members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section were immortalized in the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, Sweet Home Alabama
. The lyric, "Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers, and they've been known to pick a song or two," honors Jimmy Johnson, Barry Beckett, David Hood,and Roger Hawkins, studio musicians who produced and played on hundreds of hits recorded at area studios from the late 1960s until the mid-1980s.
Muscle Shoals and Its Contribution to this Golden Era
Muscle Shoals bestowed much more than its name on the world-famous "Muscle Shoals sound."
The city served as the birthplace for early breakthroughs in the local music industry and later provided a home base for some of the area's top studios. The first commercial recording to emerge from Muscle Shoals — the Bobby Denton single, A Fallen Star
— was produced by James Joiner in the Second Street studios of WLAY Radio in 1957. Four years later in an old candy-and-tobacco warehouse on Wilson Dam Road, aspiring producer Rick Hall joined forces with bellhop-turned-singer Arthur Alexander to cut Muscle Shoals' first national hit, the Southern Soul anthem, You Better Move On
The people of Muscle Shoals and the Shoals
express their heartfelt gratitude to these generous
individuals, businesses, and organizations whose love for
our legendary Muscle Shoals music has made this Singing River Sculpture possible.
Private donor contributions of at least $1,000
First Metro Bank
Muscles Shoals Civilian Club
Harbors Chemicals Inc
TN Valley Printing Co
Public sector donor contributions
of at least $1,000
Colbert County Solid Waste Authority
City of Muscle Shoals
The City of Muscle Shoals, Alabama
David H. Bradford, Mayor
2014the wake of that success, Hall built FAME Recording Studios on Avalon Avenue in 1962. Artists ranging from Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and Etta James to Duane Allman, the Osmonds, and Bobby Gentry later recorded there. From 1970 to 1985, Muscle Shoals became known as "The Hit Recording Capital of the World" as FAME and Al Cartee's Music Mill, Steve Moore's East Avalon, and Terry Woodford and Clayton Ivey's Wishbone Studios generated hits by Clarence Carter, Hank Williams Jr., the group Hot, George Jones, the Forester Sisters, Mac McAnally, Shenandoah, and many others. In 2011 Hall received the American Music Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2014 he was awarded the Grammy Trustees Award for significant contribution to the recording industry.
The City of Muscle Shoals, Alabama
David Bradford, Mayor
Audwin Pierre McGee, Sculptor
Historical commentary by Terry Pace, Dick Cooper, David Anderson, and Bill Matthews.
Rick Hall and Duane Allman c. 1968 (FAME)
FAME Studios at 601 E. Avalon Avenue (Photo furnished by FAME)
East Avalon Studios (Photo furnished by Dick Cooper)
James Joiner and Bobby Denton at WLAY Radio Studio (Photo furnished by Bobby Denton)
Muscle Shoals City sign proclaiming it the Hit Recording Capital of the World (Photo furnished by FAME)
Wishbone Studios (Photo furnished by Terry Woodford)
FAME Studio at old Candy and Tobacco Warehouse (Photo furnished by FAME)