1. Here’s a funky soul cover of Dan Penn’s song for James & Bobby Purify in 1966 “I’m Your Puppet" by Otamendi Palace. It’s a cool continuation of the Muscle Shoals, AL sound that Ed Ward reviewed in this piece on Fresh Air:

    Penn didn’t much like making records himself, and Rick Hall, Fame’s owner and engineer, wasn’t letting him produce them. In the summer of 1966, another Fame alumnus, Chips Moman, lured Penn to his studio in Memphis, and the first part of Penn’s story was over. He would continue to write great songs, of course — and, now that he’s older and more comfortable with performing, he plays the occasional gig. But it was at Fame that the Dan Penn legend was cemented.

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  1. Ed Ward on songwriter and producer Dan Penn's years at the Fame Studios, before he headed for Nashville:

    The band’s departure meant that new musicians arrived almost immediately, including a skinny keyboard player named Spooner Oldham. He and Penn sat down to see if they could write together. As it turned out, they could.

    Fame soon became known not only as a place that had a great studio band and a great engineer, but also a place where some of the best songwriters were working. A lot of people took advantage of it. In fact, there was so much good stuff on those Dan Penn demos that a lot of it never got covered.

    Above, Percy Sledge singing "Dark End of the Street," which was co-written by Penn and just happens to be one of my very favorite songs.

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Michael Ochs (b. 1943, American) -  Etta James, Marvell Thomas and David Hood rehearse a song before recording at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, 1967

On today’s Fresh Air, the story behind Fame Studios

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    Michael Ochs (b. 1943, American) -  Etta James, Marvell Thomas and David Hood rehearse a song before recording at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, 1967

    On today’s Fresh Air, the story behind Fame Studios

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