Music That Rocked The World

On this day-long trip, uncover the outstanding achievements and the music of Alabamians such as “Father of the Blues” W.C. Handy, “Father of Rock and Roll” Sam Phillips and Percy Sledge (“When a Man Loves a Woman”).

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Alabama Music Hall of Fame
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Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum
You’ll hear rocking rhythms and soul touching melodies as you admire the vast memorabilia from the lives and careers of more than 1,000 stars, representing all styles of America’s music.

From rock and roll, to country, to blues and jazz, and gospel, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame recognizes artists who at one time called Alabama home or has significant musical ties to the state.  See Elvis’ first recording contract and the…

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Helen Keller Birthplace
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Helen Keller Birthplace
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum
The dramatic life and times of Helen Keller are preserved at her birthplace and childhood home, Ivy Green. The plantation home and birthplace cottage, dating back to the 1820’s are listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. Original furnishings of the Keller family decorate the home and museum, highlighted by hundreds of Miss Keller’s personal mementos, books, and gifts from her lifetime of travel and lectures for the betterment of the world’s blind and deaf-blind.

Built in 1820, Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller, is a simple, white clapboard home design in typical Southern architecture.  The main house is of Virginia cottage construction, with four large rooms on the first floor bisected by a wide hall. …

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Cypress Moon Studios
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Cypress Moon Studios
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum
Founded in 1978, this was the second location of the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio for over 25 years, where the “Swampers” continued to record hits after moving from their Jackson Highway location. Recording artists including Bob Segar, Bob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dr. Hook, Etta James, Clarence Carter, Julian Lennon, Glenn Frey and countless others.

Located on the beautiful Tennessee River in Sheffield, Alabama, Cypress Moon Studios is a concert venue, recording studio and a film production facility. It was the former location of the second Muscle Shoals Sound Studio from 1978 to 2005 where…

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Muscle Shoals Sound Studios
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Muscle Shoals Sound Studios
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum
Established in 1969 by a group of former FAME session musicians, this was the location where the Rolling Stones, Cher, Bob Segar, Rod Stewart, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkle, and many others created some of the most popular hits of the 1970’s. The rhythm section was eventually immortalized as “The Swampers” by Lynyrd Skynyrd in the lyrics to “Sweet Home Alabama.”

Named Alabama's No. 1 tourist stop of 2017 by the Alabama Tourism Department, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio has undergone an extensive renovation, funded in part by Beats Electronics, and is open for tours.

Located in northwestern Alabama in Sheffield,…

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TVA Wilson Dam and Reservoir
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TVA Wilson Dam and Reservoir
Natural Area | Lake, River, or Waterfall
Wilson Dam is on the Tennessee River in northwest Alabama. It is the only neoclassical-style dam in the TVA system, integrating themes of ancient Roman and Greek architecture into the modern structure. Located off Reservation Road in Muscle Shoals, the Visitor Center is accessible year-round. Display panels near the power plant describe the struggle between private and public power interests for ownership of the Shoals facilities, which TVA acquired when the corporation was created in 1933.

 Check out the history of Wilson Dam on this episode of Tennessee Valley Uncharted!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCUon8_Q0j0

 

Wilson Dam is on the Tennessee River…

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1 Alabama Music Hall of Fame
2 Helen Keller Birthplace
3 Cypress Moon Studios
4 Muscle Shoals Sound Studios
5 TVA Wilson Dam and Reservoir