Our Music Gatekeeper, Jaime Weatherford from Rock Candy Tours is back this month with more coverage of all things related to Macon Music! Here is the most significant dates in the month of October to celebrate Macon's rich music heritage....
Oct. 12, 1957: Little Richard sees Sputnik & quits Rock N’ Roll
Almost exactly 10 years to the day after Little Richard decided he was going to be a performer, while on tour in Australia, he saw something in the sky unlike anything he had ever seen and decided it was a sign from God. Almost immediately after the tour was over Little Richard quit Rock N’ Roll and joined Oakwood Seminary in Huntsville, Alabama where he studied to become a preacher in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Since Little Richard and James Brown & the Famous Flames shared the same manager in Two Spot club owner Clinton Brantley, James Brown was recruited to finish out the rest of Little Richard’s North American tour dates actually performing as Little Richard while Bobby Byrd of the Famous Flames performed as James Brown! This is how James Brown became known, tongue-in-cheek, as “The Hardest Working Man In Show Business.”
Oct. 24, 1962: James Brown records “Live at the Apollo”
Defying the wishes of King Records label boss Syd Nathan, James Brown recorded and self produced the last night of his and the Famous Flames’ 1962 live performances at Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater. Much to everyone’s surprise the album sold quicker than a plate of James Brown’s Gold Platter fried chicken, spending 66 weeks (that’s more than 16 months!) on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart eventually peaking at #2. In 2004 the Library of Congress chose to add “Live at the Apollo” to the National Recording Registry and in 2005 Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “Live at the Apollo” at number 25 on their 500 Greatest Albums of all Time list. Due to the commercial success of “Live at the Apollo,” James Brown moved to Harlem after living in Macon the previous eight years.
Oct. 26, 1942: Twiggs Lyndon’s Birthday
While he is best known as the Allman Brothers Band’s original tour manager, Twigg’s Lyndon was a whole lot more. A veteran of the U.S Navy, Twiggs would manage the tours of Little Richard, Percy Sledge, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Arthur Conley, and more. The death of Otis Redding in December of 1967 shifted the landscape of music in Macon, Ga. leading the Walden brothers and Twiggs to Duane Allman, and eventually the Allman Brothers Band. Often described as fiercely loyal yet loving to those he was obliged to manage and protect, Twiggs was known as a detail oriented problem solver who would work in some capacity or another with The Allman Brothers Band until he began managing the Dixie Dregs in 1976. An avid sky diver with over 300 logged jumps, Twiggs Lyndon would fall to his death on November 16, 1979 in a little town in New York called Duanesburg. Had Twiggs not died tragically at the age of 37 he would be celebrating his 73rd birthday today.
Oct. 27, 1947: Rock N’ Roll is Birthed at the Macon City Auditorium
While different versions of how it happened exist, what happened is indisputable: on a Monday, a young boy two months shy of his 15th birthday performed with “should be legendary” Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Once the performance was over, the crowd exploded in excitement. That was the day that Little Richard made up his mind he was going to be a performer and is the reason it can be argued that the birth of Rock N’ Roll occurred at the Macon City Auditorium.
Oct. 29, 1971: Duane Allman’s Decoration Day
Considered by many to be one of the greatest guitar players in music history and the undisputed founder of the Allman Brothers Band, Duane Allman passed away at the Medical Center (Navicent Health) in Macon, Georgia from traumatic injuries suffered after a motorcycle accident on Hillcrest Avenue near Bartlett Street. He was 24 years old.
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