Georgia Music Hall of Fame Museum and Education

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the state’s official Music Museum, was located in Macon, the city where artists like Little Richard, James Brown, Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band launched their careers. The Museum played an important role in educating people from around the nation about the rich history of Georgia Music. The 43,000 square foot facility featured permanent and changing exhibits that include music, video, memorabilia, instruments, performance costumes and more. Over 450 artists are represented in the exhibits. The Music Factory Children’s Wing encouraged children to explore the world of music through interactive exhibits and hands-on…

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Georgia Hall of Fame – Most Famous Inductees

This post is about the Georgia Hall of Fame – Most Famous Inductees. The Hall of Fame has files on over 1,100 artists who are Georgia natives or who have lived in Georgia for a significant period. Each year, a select few are chosen for induction into the Hall of Fame. The inductees represent the diversity of Georgia music, including jazz and swing, country and folk, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, classical, urban, gospel and contemporary Christian. Non-performers such as producers and music executives have also been inducted. The 2006 inductees were: Performer: Gregg Allman Gregg Allman is best…

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The Story of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

This post tells you the story of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The state of Georgia has produced a musical dynasty whose contributions shaped and defined American music, including the “Father of Gospel Music” Dr. Thomas Andrew Dorsey; the “Mother of the Blues” Gertrude “Ma” Rainey; the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown; the “Architect of Rock-n-Roll” Little Richard; the “Father of Commercial Country Music” Fiddlin’ John Carson; the “First Lady of Contemporary Christian Music” Amy Grant and the “First Family of Bluegrass Gospel” The Lewis Family. Over 30 years ago, one of Georgia’s most loyal music fans took the…

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Georgia Music Trial

The state of Georgia has a rich musical heritage that that has produced pioneers and superstars in almost every genre, including Ray Charles, Johnny Mercer, James Brown, Alan Jackson, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Gladys Knight, TLC, The Allman Brothers Band, Blind Willie McTell, R.E.M., the B-52’s, Brenda Lee, Amy Grant, Trisha Yearwood, Usher and many more. Four cities, in particular, have played significant roles in the history of these artists, providing inspiration, opportunity and nurturing music communities: Atlanta, Athens, Macon, and Savannah. The Georgia Music Trail highlights music-themed destinations, including attractions, venues, festivals, historical sites, restaurants, and retail shops in…

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Athens

The Little Town that Couldn’t, but Did Anyway The people of Athens, Georgia are invariably divided as to exactly what it was that put their town on the map. Some say it was The University of Georgia, the state’s flagship institution of higher learning and the first land-grant university in the nation, founded as the smoke of the American Revolution was still clearing. Some say it was football, as the University’s team, the Bulldogs, has spawned some of the sport’s brightest lights and fans whose devotion and enthusiasm run at a level usually reserved for pagan deities. And then there…

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