June 14, 1943
Keyboardist and songwriter Spooner Oldham was born in Center Star, near Florence. Oldham was an early member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, or the Swampers, at FAME Studios. His keyboard, piano, and organ work are featured in many of the studio’s hit recordings, including Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman" and Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally.” Throughout his life, Oldham has recorded and toured with numerous artists, including Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, the Drive-By Truckers, and Neil Young, including Young’s critically-acclaimed album Harvest Moon. Oldham was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2014.