When Aretha Franklin walks into a room, you know it.
“The girl was special,” music writer and producer Dan Penn says of the Queen of Soul in the clip below. We see Franklin taking to the piano back in the ’60s at Rick Hall’s iconic FAME studio, as well as looking back in a recent interview about her unique experience recording there.
The new documentary, aptly titled Muscle Shoals, chronicles the historic studio in tiny Muscle Shoals, Ala. that’s hosted nearly every big name in music — from Aretha to the Rolling Stones to Bono to Alicia Keys. Beyond Franklin, the film features also interviews with FAME fans and regulars, including Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Steve Winwood, Percy Sledge, Bono, and more.
Muscle Shoals, directed by Greg Camalier comes out in theaters and VOD Friday.