Danny Hall Memorial Scholarship
About Danny Hall
August 26, 1952 – December 16, 2018
Daniel (Danny) Thomas Hall was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, into a family that loved and embraced music. He, along with his siblings and parents, were all musicians and formed a family band that played at local events and church singings throughout his youth. Danny played guitar along with his father Ken Hall, who was also an accomplished organist. His mother Daisy played autoharp, sister Debbie played drums, brother Sam played bass guitar, and his twin brother Mike played steel guitar.
Danny studied music at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he played in marching and concert bands. He left college to become a member of a traveling band, and that began his journey as a career musician. In 1972, Danny moved to Huntsville, Alabama, and established himself on the music scene where he remained a significant force for 46 years. Danny played with many local bands such as The Rock Fossils, Kozmic Mama, The Crawlers and the The Brakers, as well as performing solo and duo gigs with his local musician friends.
If Danny wasn’t playing a guitar, he was working on one. Guitarists from far and wide brought guitars to Danny, and he would gently restore them using tools of his own creation. He was called “the guitar whisperer” by his family due to his unique process of restoration.
Danny was proficient on any instrument he got his hands on. His children grew up with access to all types of instruments that he encouraged them to explore. Mandolins, violins, drums, harmonicas, pianos, keyboards, etc., decorated his home.
Danny Hall toured and played with well-known bands, recorded sessions at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals, and Mill Kids Studio in Huntsville, and he was well respected by his peers. He is missed.