Dr. Dre’s investment in a legendary Alabama recording studio is paying off handsomely for the state.
Back in 2013, when Dr. Dre was still in owner of Beat Electronics, he donated $1 million to the legendary Muscle Shoals Studio.
Muscle Shoals Studio has its origins in the legendary Fame Studios, which was founded by recording engineer, Rick Hall.
Rick Hall and Fame Studios recorded hundreds of hits by artists like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter and others in 1969, after the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, left FAME to partnered with Atlantic Records’ founder Jerry Wexler, to found Muscle Shoals Sound Studios.
The recording studio was in need of dire work, and Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine been stepped in and ponied up the money for some renovations to benefit local musicians and students interested in the music business.
Work on the Muscle Shoals recording studio was completed a few months ago thanks to Dr. Dre’s generous donation.
The timing was perfect, since a documentary on the studio called “Muscle Shoals” was released just before’s Dre’s donation. Since then, tens of thousands of people have watched the documentary.
The combination of the renovations and the documentary has drawn so much interest, that the fabled recording studio is now officially Alabama’s top tourist destination.
Dr. Dre is well-known for throwing his money around, when he comes to helping students.
In 2013, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine gifted the University of Southern California with $70 million to create The Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.