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Alabama Music Hall of Fame: Alabama's Musical Heritage
By Rochelle Caviness - July 29, 2002

Alabama has a rich musical heritage that runs the gamut from the Zydeco to Opera. This heritage is highlighted throughout the Alabama Music Hall of Fame's museum that celebrates the full scope of Alabamian's musical achievements and Alabama's musical heritage. All genres of music are represented here, ranging from gospel and blues to rock and classical music. What ties all these diverse genres together is that all the singers and writers inducted into the Hall of Fame are Alabamian natives.

Located in Tuscumbia, Alabama, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame offers visitors an audio smorgasbord that will delight the senses, and which will, undoubtably, get your toes tapping. At the Hall of Fame you can see a variety of displays and exhibits that exemplify the life and works of the various artists inducted into the Hall of Fame. In addition to numerous static displays behind glass, there are also a few tactile displays. One such display is a tour bus that you can walk through that was once used by the group Alabama.

The Hall of Fame is organized into thematic sections, such as Rhythm and Blues, Country Music, and Popular Music. Best of all, however, is the music. Scattered throughout the Hall of Fame are listening stations where you can hear samples of the various styles of music to be found in Alabama. As well, there is a jukebox where you can listen to various songs written by Alabamian natives, but sung by 'outside' as well as native stars.

After touring the Hall of Fame, you will have garnered an understanding of Alabama's musical heritage and history. And, if you are brave enough, you can leave with a recording of yourself, singing one of the many songs made famous by the likes of Dinah Washington, Jimmy Rodgers, Alabama, Jim Nabors, Lionel Richie, Bobby Goldsboro, Nat King Cole, Blind Boys, Jimmy Buffett, Drifters, Emmylou Harris, W. C. Handy, Temptations, Toni Tennille, Tammy Wynette, and many, many more.

To learn more about other attractions in the Colbert County, which includes the cities of Tuscumbia, Muscle Shoals and Sheffield, you can contact the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau at 1-800-344-0783 or via their website at

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