By Associated Press - Saturday, November 28, 2015

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) - Harvey Thompson of the legendary group Muscle Shoals Horns said being inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame will be a “fantastic” moment for him and his band members.

The Horns along with Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, producer Johnny Sandlin, rock band Wet Willie and keyboardist Chuck Leavell will be inducted into the hall of fame, The TimesDaily ( ) reported. Each will be inducted Feb. 26 during an induction banquet in Florence.

Thompson, 74, joked “it’s about time” the group was inducted. The group also includes Charles Rose, Harrison Calloway and Ronnie Eades.

“I think they had mentioned that we might go in,” Thompson said. “I wasn’t real sure.”

The Muscle Shoals Horns launched four songs into the Billboard R&B charts, including “Born To Get Down,” which reached No. 8. The group reunited earlier this year, performing together for the first time in three decades.

“We worked up there for so long, it’s good the hall of fame people are recognizing some of the work we’ve done over the years,” Calloway said. “I’m elated to be a part of that scene.”

Leavell was a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner. He played keyboards with The Rolling Stones since the early 1980s.

Leavell played on Gregg Allman’s first solo album, and later became a member of the Allman Brothers Band. He also formed with the Southern jazz-rock group Sea Level, and has performed with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Dr. John, John Mayer, Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt and others.

Godchaux-McKay is a Sheffield native who is best known as a singer with the legendary San Francisco jam-rock band The Grateful Dead. Before that, she was a background singer in Muscle Shoals and Memphis.

“There’s just something special about home and roots,” Godchaux-MacKay said. “I’m privileged to be in the company of my Alabama musical peers, some of whom I have known since high school, and humbled to be inducted alongside the likes of Wet Willie, Chuck Leavell, Johnny Sandlin and the fabulous Muscle Shoals Horns. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

Wet Willie is known for its 1974 hit “Keep On Smilin’,” which reached No. 10 on the Billboard charts. The band combined Southern soul music with good-time blues and rock to create a soulful Southern rock sound that spawned numerous other Top 40 hits.

Sandlin is credited with helping shape the sound of Southern music. He was a member of the band Hour Glass with Gregg and Duane Allman, a predecessor of the Allman Brothers Band.


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