Georgia Outdoors' Sharon Collins' Top 5 Singles With Georgia Connections
If you first made Sharon Colins' acquaintance as host of the GPB Original program Georgia Outdoors, let us introduce you to Sharon Collins, the Georgia music fan.
And what better time than now, as tonight she and fellow Georgia luminary Chuck Leavell (onetime Allman Brothers Band member and current Rolling Stones keyboardist and musical director) reconnect to introduce A Night Of Georgia Music, airing at 8 p.m. on GPB-TV.
The two actually met up over a decade ago for the Georgia Outdoors episode, "In Tune With The Trees," as Leavell is also a tree farmer and activist involved with conservation efforts on state and national levels.
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And again, if you know anything about the Collins willing to handle snakes, venture into eerily dark caves with bats and let a coyote ease up aside her without flinching, of course she was easily game enough to share the first five Georgia artists that came to mind when she was asked for favorites; and the single that earned them that distinction with her.
The Allman Brothers Band, "Whipping Post" : "It is such a great example of the ABB sound; and hey, we all feel beaten up from time to time."
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The B-52's, "Love Shack": "Great dance song that got me going so hard one night I fell on my backside. The lyrics 'I'm headin' down the Atlanta highway/lookin' for the love getaway.' spoke to me when I was living in Virginia because Atlanta was a big deal!"
Usher, "U Got It Bad": "A song we can all relate to if you've been love-struck. Watch the video. Usher at his finest."
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Otis Redding, "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay": "Let me start with Aretha Franklin singing 'Respect.' That song was written by Otis and first recorded by him. But his version is pleading with a woman to give him some respect. Aretha changed it up and DEMANDED respect from a man.
" 'Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay' is my favorite Otis song. Simply haunting."
Big Mike & The Booty Papas, "I'll Take Care Of You" : "If you've ever had your heart broken, this is a song you would want someone to sing to you."