Burns Station Sound

Click on "The Board" to See Some of the Artists
Who Have Used It

Home of a World Famous
Recording Board

211 East College Street
Burns, Tennessee 37029


Burns Station Sound
Recording Board's History:


The recording board in Burns Station Sounds studio,
located in Burns, Tennessee, originally came from
FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. This
recording console with three power amplifiers, remains
in use today. (MCI JH-416 Serial #089.) FAME
Recording Studios was established in 1959, was the
first professional recording studio in Alabama.
This information has been verified by FAME Studios.
The board was used in both Studio-A and Studio-B at
one time or another.

Here is a list of some of the artists who recorded
on the board before it was installed at Burns in 1981.

Aretha Franklin -- Liza Minnelli
Wayne Newton -- Wilson Pickett
Tom Jones -- Otis Redding
Jerry Lee Lewis -- Percy Sledge
Little Richard -- George Jones
The Osmonds -- Donny Osmond
Marie Osmond -- Paul Anka
Andy Williams -- Charlie Daniels
Lynyrd Skynyrd -- Mac Davis
Lou Rawls -- Ray Stevens
Jerry Reed -- Travis Wammack
Marty Stuart -- Dobie Gray
Bill Medley -- Solomon Burke
The Drifters -- Bobbie Gentry
Duane Allman -- Joe Tex
Billy Joe Royal -- Eddie Hinton
Etta James -- Tommy Roe
Bill Haley's Comets -- Clyde McPhatter
Clarence Carter -- Arthur Conley
Johnny Jenkins -- King Curtis
Joe Simon -- Wet Willie
Paul Hornsby -- Otis Rush
Boz Skaggs -- Johnny Sandlin
Wild Cherry Lobo -- Johnny Wyker
Arthur Alexander -- Don Covay
Ronnie Hammond-- Berry Oakley
The Tams -- The Soul Survivors
Vern Gosdin -- Hourglass
John Hammond
The Sweet Inspirations
and many, many, more


The Burns Station Sound studio was constructed
in 1981 and purchased by Gordon D. Stinson.
"The Board" left Fame, was installed there
and took on new life, recording country
superstars, celebrities, Grand National
and NASCAR Drivers, etc. Here's partial
list of performers that have recorded at
Burns Station Sound and signed the
famous autograph wall.

Razzy Bailey -- Marti Brom
Dr. Tom Butt -- Anita Carter
Helen Carter -- Johnny Cash
Vassar Clements -- Sonny Curtis
Doug Dillard -- Charlie Feathers
D.J. Fontana -- David Frizzell
Gatlin Brothers -- Billy Grammer
W.S. Holland -- Emmy Lou Harris
John Hartford -- Dale Hawkins
The Jordanaires -- Waylon Jennings
Ramona Jones -- The Lewis Family
Loretta Lynn -- The Lynns
Poacher (UK) -- Barbara Mandrell
Charlie McCoy -- Bill Monroe
Bob Moore -- Naomi & Segos
Tracy Nelson -- Willie Nelson
Oakridge Boys -- Joe Osborne
Johnny Paycheck -- Stan Perkins
Pig Robbins -- Lulu Roman
Dale Sellers -- Gene Simmons
Ricky Skaggs -- Jean Shepard
Mel Tillis -- Victor Wooten

Coach "Bear" Bryant
Jack Barlow -- Linda England
Rebecca Holden -- Fredda Lee
Dusty Rhodes -- Carloyn Sapp
Tiny Tim

Dale Earnhardt -- Ned Jarrett
Bobby Allison -- Buddy Baker
Goeff Bodine -- Ron Bouchard
Trevor Boys -- Dick Brooks
Richard Childress -- Bill Elliot
Bobby Hillin Jr. -- James Hylton
Dale Jarrett -- Terry LaBonte
Dave Marcis -- Benny Parsons
Phil Parsons -- Kyle Petty
Ricky Rudd -- Joe Ruttman
Rusty Wallace -- Cale Yarborough

Some of the Board's Early Achivements
Prior to 1981:

Single Chart Numbers
      Charted Singles - 72
      Top 10 Records - 33
      No. 1 Hits - 3

Pop Numbers
      Charted Singles - 75
      Top 10 Records - 26
      No. 1 Hits - 4

Country Numbers
      Charted Singles - 64
      Top 10 Records - 24
      No. 1 Hits - 7

      Charted Singles - 211
      Top 10 Records - 83
      No. 1 Hits - 14

            Under the direction of producer Rick Hall, the hits are the proof of "The Board's" sweet, warm sound. A couple examples: Aretha Franklin's dynamic voice turned to gold as "The Board" produced two of her best selling hits, "I Never Loved A Man" and "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man."
            Then came James and Bobby Purify with "I'm Your Puppet." Joe Tex followed with the popular hit, "Hold what You've Got." Clarence Carter was not far behind in the goldrush, recording such hits as "Slip Away", Too Weak To Fight" and his biggest seller "Patches" which was a #1 pop and R&B record. Wicked Wilson Pickett joined in the success and became an international star with a powerful voice and Hall's timely production qualities on "Mustang Sally", "Hey Jude" , "Funky Broadway", "Hey Joe" and "The Land of 1000 Dances." This classic version of " The Land of 1000 Dances" was included on the Forrest Gump soundtrack.
            A vintage Muscle Shoals song that was recently used in a movie soundtrack was "When A Man Loves A Woman." This song was in the movie Platoon and also the movie entitled When A Man Loves A Woman.
            The president of MGM Records approached Rick Hall as the 1970s began, to produce a teenage group, The Osmonds. He accepted the offer and produced two consecutive number one pop singles; "One Bad Apple" which sold over five million singles, and "Yo Yo" for The Osmonds. Two albums, "The Osmonds" and "Homemade", also earned gold status. And in one year"The Board's" productions on The Osmonds were responsible for the sale of 11 million records. The year's work earned. Hall and his famous recording board the honor of being selected Billboard's Producer of the Year for the world in 1971.
            The Osmond name would continue to be associated with FAME, as Hall produced two gold albums for Donny Osmond - "To You With Love, Donny" and "The Donny Osmond Album'. Hit singles for the young Osmond included "Sweet And Innocent", "Go Away Little Girl", (both #1 pop) and "Hey Girl/I Knew You When".
            Paul Anka, searching for his first hit in almost ten years, turned to Rick Hall. Together, using "The Board" they recorded the gold album "Anka" which included the immensely popular "You're Having My Baby" which also went to #1 in the pop charts and sold over 3 million records. Arriving next was Mac Davis, with whom Hall had who proceeded to record 4 gold albums at FAME, including "Texas In My Rear View Mirror" and "Hooked On Music" hit in both the country and pop circles.

DIRECTIONS: From Nashville. Take Interstate Highway 40 West.
Exit at the 182 mile marker on 40 West
(the Montgomery Bell State Park and Dickson-Fairview exit). Turn left (toward Dickson) on TN Hwy. 96 West. Follow 96 West for 7 miles to Burns. Exit TN Hwy 96 - turn right on Redden Road in Burns (across from the BP J-Mart). Go 2 blocks north on Redden to stop sign (College Street). Turn left on College Street to first intersection. The office/studio is on corner - to the right - 211 College Street, Burns, TN.


Call 615-446-3456 for more information.


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