In this newest edition of our ongoing coverage of all things related to Macon Music, guest Gatekeeper Jamie from Rock Candy Tours has outlined the most significant dates in the month of September to celebrate Macon's rich music heritage....
Sept. 8, 1973: The Allman Brothers Band’s “Brothers and Sisters” album Reaches #1 - Released in late August of 1973, Brothers and Sisters was the Allman Brothers Band’s fifth album and their first album that did not contain any performances by Allman Brothers Band founder Duane Allman. Ironically, Brothers and Sisters was the Allman Brothers Band’s only album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 record chart led by the two singles “Jessica” and “Ramblin’ Man,” the latter of which was the Allman Brothers Band’s highest charting single, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. To reach the #1 spot, Brothers and Sisters took over Jethro Tull’s “A Passion Play” where it remained for five weeks before the Rolling Stone’s “Goats Head Soup” ate the crown.
Sept. 9, 1941: Otis Redding’s birthday – Born in Dawson, Ga. but relocating to Macon with his family at the age of 5, Otis Redding is renowned world-wide as one of the greatest soul singers ever. Had Otis not passed away on Dec. 10, 1967 at the terribly young age of 26, today he would be celebrating his 76th birthday.
Sept. 14, 1955: Little Richard records Tutti Frutti – Skipping out on a scheduled gig with the Hamptones featuring WIBB Radio Dj Hamp Swain, Little Richard snuck off to New Orleans, La. and on a Wednesday recorded Tutti Frutti at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studio. It was the success of this song that launched Little Richard into superstardom and as a result of Little Richard’s success, James Brown and the Famous Flames moved to Macon; Phil Walden was inspired to be in the music industry, eventually launching the careers of many musicians and executives still in the music industry today; and Otis Redding was instilled with the confidence that he in fact could be from Macon, Ga. and still make it big. While Tutti Frutti blew the roof off of Rock N’ Roll, it became the foundation of everything great that would happen in the Macon music industry for the next 25 years. This is why Little Richard IS “The Architect of Rock N’ Roll.”
Sept. 16, 1948: Ron Blair’s birthday – Ron Blair is the bass player for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Born to Navy Lt. Commander Byan Blair and his first wife Doris, Ron and his sister Jan (who was married to Gregg Allman from 1973 to 1975) grew up traveling the world in a strong military family. By the time Commander Blair retired from the Navy and settled in Macon, Ron had already struck out on his own to attend college at the University of Florida in Gainesville. As a result, Ron Blair lived in Macon for only a short time in 1974 but his family still owns and operates Blair’s Furniture in downtown Macon and just celebrated their 42nd anniversary September the 1st.
Sept. 27, 19??: I would also like to give a special shout out to my lovely and stunning wife Jessica Walden, co-founder of Rock Candy Tours. I love you Jessica. Thank you for all that you do.
Thanks to Rock Candy Tours for providing these music moments to remember.
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