Tell us all you know about Ava…
you know, the inside scoop, the real tidbits that make her human, and all about her talent for we know that there are many still around here that knew and worked with her. First hand accounts of any story or person are always the best.
Ava Aldridge was born 21 Feb 1946 and died 12 August 2003 of cancer. She was a Sheffield girl; a river rat. And a very talented one at that.
Ava Aldridge was an acclaimed songwriter and vocalist and beloved figure in the Muscle Shoals music industry, who recorded as a solo artist for MCA in the 1970’s and sang backup for artists like Hank Williams Jr., Delbert McClinton, Amy Grant, Crystal Gayle, Percy Sledge and Wilson Pickett.
She is probably best known as a songwriter, however, whose compositions include “Sharing The Night Together” for Dr. Hook and “Treat Her Right” for Sawyer Brown. Ava was also renowned in the Muscle Shoals music industry for being one of the area’s finest songwriting mentors, always eager to assist young talent as they navigated their careers and burgeoning talent. Sadly, Ava died August 12, 2003 of cancer in Sheffield, AL at age 57. Her impressive legacy of music continues to inspire countless Muscle Shoals musicians.
Singer, Songwriter. Her songwriting crossed several genres, and she wrote songs for country, rhythm and blues, gospel, and pop music, with two of her songs reaching high chart status twenty years apart. In 1976 she co-wrote the song “Sharing the Night Together” with fellow songwriter Eddie Struzick. After being recorded by several artists, the 1979 recording of the song by the group “Dr. Hook” reached Number 6 on the Popular Music charts. In the 1990s she co-wrote “Treat her Right” with singer-songwriter Lenny LeBlanc. It was recorded by the country music group “Sawyer Brown” and his rose to Number 3 in the Country Music charts in 1996. More than 150 of her songs have been recorded. (bio by: Chuck Kearns)
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