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Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Rolling Stones in the Shoals in 1969/Sticky Fingers Ranks Among Greatest Albums

 
 
The Rolling Stones in the Shoals in 1969 (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 10, 2014
1. The Rolling Stones in the Shoals in 1969 (side 1)
Inscription. (side 1)
The Rolling Stones in the Shoals in 1969

The Rolling Stones stayed at the Florence Holiday Inn on this site for several nights while recording at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield.

When a hired engineer failed to arrive, studio co-owner "Swamper" Jimmy Johnson engineered the sessions on Dec. 2, 3, and 4, 1969. They recorded original songs "Wild Horses" and "Brown Sugar" and covered "You Gotta Move." The band flew to San Francisco and debuted "Brown Sugar" at the infamous Altamont Free Concert on Dec. 6.

The 1970 tour documentary Gimme Shelter showed Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and other band members recording in the studio and later listening to playback of "Brown Sugar" in a room at the Florence motel. The footage was incorporated into the 2013 documentary Muscle Shoals.

The motel was later demolished and a Hampton Inn & Suites erected.
Errected on the 45th Anniversary of the Rolling Stones' Visit to the Shoals.
(side 2)
Sticky Fingers Ranks Among Greatest Albums

The three songs recorded in Alabama appeared on the acclaimed Sticky Fingers album released April 23, 1971. The album was listed as No. 63 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest
<i>Sticky Fingers</i> Ranks Among Greatest Albums Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 10, 2014
2. Sticky Fingers Ranks Among Greatest Albums Marker (side 2)
Albums of All Time.

"Brown Sugar," their lead single, topped the charts in the U.S. and Canada, and was second in the U.K. Rolling Stone ranked it No. 495 among the 500 Greatest Songs of All Times and fifth on the list of 100 Greatest Guitar Songs.

A magazine poll selected "Wild Horses" as the fifth best Stones song. In the documentary Muscle Shoals, Richards says he completed writing lyrics during a bathroom break in the small studio, known within the recording industry as "3614 Jackson Highway."
 
Erected 2014 by the Alabama Tourism Department.
 
Location. 34° 47.796′ N, 87° 40.4′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection of South Court Street (U.S. 43/72) and East Limestone Street on South Court Street. Click for map. Marker located in front of the Hampton Inn. Marker is at or near this postal address: 505 South Court Street, Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John McKinley Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Church Spring and School (about 400 feet away); The American Legion (about 500 feet away); Lauderdale County
S Court St & E Limestone St image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, December 10, 2014
3. S Court St & E Limestone St
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Hicks Boulevard (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Mark Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Downtown Florence Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Florence Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church in America (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Florence.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sticky Fingers by Rolling Stones. The first Stones album to make No.1 on both sides of the Atlantic and in many other countries around the globe. (Submitted on December 10, 2014, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 

2. Small town with a big sound. Muscle Shoals (Submitted on December 10, 2014, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
3614 Jackson Highway Studio image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 21, 2010
4. 3614 Jackson Highway Studio
Poster at 3614 Jackson Highway Studio about the Rolling Stones image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 27, 2014
5. Poster at 3614 Jackson Highway Studio about the Rolling Stones
Where the Rolling Stones recoded in the Shoals image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, June 27, 2014
6. Where the Rolling Stones recoded in the Shoals
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 347 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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