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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 theAva Aldridge 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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5 responses

  1. Forbert

    I am wondering if you guys have any of Ava’s photographs taken during the recording of Jackrabbit Slim, which she and Cindy and Marie sang on.
    sincerely and with best regards, Steve Forbert

    July 15, 2016 at 12:43 am

    • No. But would love for you to share some.

      February 18, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    • Brad Tanner

      Mrs. Aldridge was, as ferried to, a river rat. Not only was she a generous, kind person, she was the mother of one of my closest friends, Eddie Aldridge. I spent many nights at the Aldridge home, and never felt my actions were being judged.
      Eddie; If you happen to read this, it’s Brad Tanner here. Please don’t hesitate to email me at “tater1tater@gmail.com”, or via phone (205-542-2086).
      My sincerest regrets regarding your mom’s early departure.
      Brad, Beth, and Aslex Tanner

      June 7, 2017 at 7:32 am

      • Brad Tanner

        Steve,
        Were you friends with the Aldridge’s, or just a fan of her work?
        I’d love to find anyone else that knew them as friends.

        June 7, 2017 at 7:36 am

      • Brad Tanner

        Correction: “as referred to”

        June 7, 2017 at 7:37 am

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