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.