Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (South Central)
The Rolling Stones in the Shoals in 1969/Sticky Fingers Ranks Among Greatest Albums
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.
Sticky Fingers Ranks Among Greatest Albums
"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. Marker located in front of the Hampton Inn. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 505 South Court Street, Florence AL 35630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 The American Legion (about 500 feet away); Lauderdale County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Hicks Boulevard (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Mark Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Founding of Florence (approx. 0.3 miles away); Downtown Florence Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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, Alabama, USA.)
2. Small town with a big sound. Muscle Shoals (Submitted on December 10, 2014, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
3. When the Rolling Stones went to Muscle Shoals. The Rolling Stones went to Alabama in December 1969 and recorded three songs that evoked the country, blues and R&B sound of the region. Over three days – from Dec. 2-4 – the Stones put down the basic tracks and live vocals on "Brown Sugar," "Wild Horses" and "You Gotta Move" at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Ala. (Submitted on May 2, 2019, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA.)
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