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Muscle Shoals Sound Studios founder Jimmy Johnson dies

By The Associated Press

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Jimmy Johnson, a founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and guitarist with the famed studio musicians “The Swampers,” has died.

He was 76.

His family announced his death Thursday in a Facebook post.

As a studio musician, sound engineer and record producer, Johnson played a role in iconic hits by Percy Sledge, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others.

Photo: jimmyjohnsonmusic.com

Bassist and business partner David Hood said Johnson was an inspiration to him and countless others in the music business.

Johnson was the sound engineer on Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman.” He later helped found the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, which became a recording destination for well-known artists.

Johnson’s son, Jay Johnson, wrote on Facebook of his father’s passing: “Playing music with the angels now.”

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