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November 18, 1909
“Moon River,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “Accentuate the Positive” -- Savannah native John Herndon Mercer wrote those songs and a thousand more like them,...
June 14, 1923
Farmer, railroad worker, horse jockey, moonshiner and country music’s first big star -- that was John William Carson. Fannin County native fiddlin’...
March 26, 1925
The man had sax appeal: tenor, alto, and soprano. James Moody, born in Savannah in 1925, began playing the saxophone at 16, despite being hard of...
April 27, 1927
She was the first woman and first African-American to lie in state at the Georgia State Capitol rotunda. Coretta Scott was born in 1927 in Alabama...
September 23, 1930
What Georgian doesn't feel a tinge of pride every time we hear Ray Charles sing “Georgia on my Mind”?  It's Georgia's official state song, and maybe...
December 5, 1932
Richard Wayne Penniman is not a name most people associate with the beginning of rock n' roll, but few people did more to make rock one of the...
May 9, 1937
They were soul men long before the Blues Brothers. Florida native Samuel Moore and Georgian David Prater were gospel music veterans when they joined...
January 24, 1939
He streaked to the top of the charts. Singer-songwriter Ray Stevens was born Harold Ray Ragsdale in Clarksdale, Georgia. He attended high school in...
February 28, 1940
Joseph Souter was born in Atlanta on this day in 1940. After meeting disc jockey Bill Lowery, he shortened his name to Joe South. He played in Lowery...
September 9, 1941
When the hit song, "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" went to number one on the charts in 1968, the artist who wrote and sang it had been dead for four...
October 4, 1942
Her most powerful weapon is her voice. It always has been. Bernice Johnson Reagon was born in Albany. The Baptist minister's daughter grew up...
May 28, 1944
She will forever be taking that midnight train to Georgia. Gladys Knight, the "Empress of Soul," was born in Atlanta in 1944. At age 7, she gained...
December 11, 1944
Her signature song was “I’m Sorry” but there was nothing sorry about the career of Brenda Lee…one of the first singers to be launched to stardom by...
October 24, 1962
He was born in a one-room shack in Barnwell, South Carolina, in 1933. He moved to Augusta, Georgia when he was five. His mother abandoned him, he...
May 4, 1965
“Pop music is sex and you have to hit them in the face with it.” So said the Rolling Stones’ manager as they rolled onto the music scene in 1962....