In the 1960s, booking agent and manager of soul artists Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, and Sam and Dave, Phil Walden, founded the Capricorn Records label named for his, and investor Jerry Wexler's (Vice President of Atlantic Records at the times) shared astrological sign. The studio was designed to compete with the intimate recording experience, state-of-the-art equipment and backing studio band of Stax Records of Memphis, Tennessee and FAME Studios of Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
When it came time to start recruiting talent, Phil Walden recruited guitarist, Duane Allman, who would go on to the Allman Brothers Band. That self-titled album, released in 1969 wasn't a best-seller, but critics praised their sound of blending country, blues, jazz, blues, and rock-n-roll. Their partnership would garner more chart-topping releases with albums Eat a Peach, At Fillmore East, Brothers and Sisters and Win Lose or Draw.
Between the years of 1969 and 1979, Capricorn produced nine platinum albums, seventeen gold albums, and five gold singles. Not just limited to the label’s own roster of artists, the studio opened its doors to a variety of musicians who recorded here, including Wet Willie, the Marshall Tucker Band, the Charlie Daniels Band, Percy Sledge, Bonnie Bramlett, Dexter and Otis Redding III and many more.