Alabama Music Hall of Fame

The singer who became famous for the song "When a Man Loves a Woman" died yesterday. Percy Sledge had a massive impact on what became known as the "Muscle Shoals sound".

Sledge walked into a recording studio in Alabama's Muscle Shoals region in 1966. In a few weeks, his signature song "When a Man Loves a Woman" would become the first of his five gold records.

Dick Cooper is the Curator of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. He says Sledge's legacy was defined when he was just 25 years old.

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Alabama judges hope a federal court hearing today in Mobile clears up the confusion regarding same-sex marriage.

At least 22 of the state's 67 counties are issuing licenses for same-sex marriages, but the majority are not.

Chilton County Probate Judge Bobby Martin says it's been a difficult week due to the conflicting orders from federal courts and Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

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Alabama Music Hall of Fame board members say they're exploring options to help the organization survive.

   Board members told the TimesDaily of Florence ( that they're considering four options to support the museum which has been closed since November.

   Organizers say the first option is to combine the attraction with an official state welcome center. The second option is to split the memorabilia and distribute it throughout the state.

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The head of the troubled Alabama Music Hall of Fame is stepping down from the position after two years.

Hall executive director Wiley Barnard announced his resignation on Thursday.

Barnard quit two years to the day after he became director.

The museum is located in Tuscumbia, but it's been closed since late 2011 because of funding shortfalls linked to a reduction in state support.

The hall is at least $42,000 in debt, and leaders have considered moving it to other cities including Birmingham.

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The Alabama Music Hall of Fame's board of directors has given its executive director the authority to consider offers to move the attraction to Birmingham or Huntsville.

The TimesDaily reports ( ) that the Tuscumbia facility remains closed with no plans to reopen.

Executive Director Wiley Barnard said he was approached by groups interested in moving the hall of fame and at least a portion of the museum to the other Alabama cities. He would not specifically identify who approached him.

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A few months ago, visitors walking through Alabama’s Music Hall of Fame in Tuscumbia would be flooded with music. A look through the songs in the museum’s jukebox, for instance, and you could play anything you liked-for free.

But today, it’s a different story.

“The Hall of Fame is presently closed due to lack of funding," says Wiley Barnard. He's Executive Director of the Music Hall of Fame. "Our power is off. We’re in the dark.”

Barnard says the museum has been closed since Christmas because it owes money to the state-- about $26,000 to be exact.