Rock Candy Tours Brings You November Macon Music History

Our Music Historian and Guest 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 November to celebrate Macon's rich music heritage....

Nov. 4, 1969:  The Allman Brothers Band Release Their Self-Titled Debut Album 

The Allman Brothers Band’s debut album “The Allman Brothers Band” was recorded over six non-consecutive days at Atlantic Studios in New York City between August 3 and August 12 of 1969. Famed producer Tom Dowd was scheduled to produce the album but got “detoured” and as a result Atlantic Studios house engineer Adrian Barber was given producer credit. Since Capricorn Records was still in it’s infantile days as a record company the album was released under the Atco label with a barely noticeable line that read “Capricorn Records Series.” Once released on November 4, 1969 the album disappointed commercially, selling fewer than 35,000 copies, ultimately reaching 188 on the US Top 200 Pop Albums charts. Nevertheless, despite the setbacks and disappointing commercial response, “The Allman Brothers Band” introduced the Allman Brothers Band’s genre-bending mixture of blues, rock, and jazz to the world; introduced Capricorn Records to the world; solidified both the Allman Brothers Band’s and Capricorn Record’s resolve to stay in Macon, Ga.; and led to a new and unfortunate term to describe music: Southern Rock. It should be noted that in retrospect, many fans and critics alike think that “The Allman Brothers Band” is one of the greatest debut albums ever released.

Nov. 10, 1950:  Ronnie Hammond’s Birthday 

Born and raised in Macon, Ga. Ronnie Hammond’s “powerful, balladeer’s voice” helped propel Atlanta Rhythm Section (ARS) to prominence in the 1970’s with such hits as “Doraville,” “Champagne Jam,” “Imaginary Lover,” “So Into You,” and a remake of the Classics IV hit “Spooky.”  If Ronnie had not passed on March 14, 2011 from heart failure, this “great yet humble man” would be turning 65 years old today.

Nov. 11, 1972:  Berry Oakley’s Decoration Day

The original bass player for the Allman Brothers Band, Berry Oakley passed away at the Medical Center (Navicent Health) in Macon, Ga from traumatic injuries suffered from a motorcycle accident on Napier Ave. near Inverness Ave.  Like Allman Brothers Band guitarist Duane Allman, Berry was 24 years old.  Berry Oakley’s Jive Ass Revue featuring the Rowdy Roadies and Shady Ladies was scheduled to perform later that evening at the Ad Lib Club (470 Cotton Ave), a club owned by Capricorn Vice-President Frank Fenter and his Baroness wife Ulla von Blixen-Kinecke, a.k.a “Kiki,” but unfortunately the show did not go on.

Nov. 28, 1987:  R.E.M Enters The Top 10 In U.S Pop Charts For The First Time

Half of R.E.M. were not born in Macon, Ga. but Mike Mills (bass) and Bill Berry (drums) did “grow up” in Macon, and despite a rocky beginning to their friendship would eventually form a musical kinship that would take them to Athens, Ga. where in 1980, along with Peter Buck and Michael Stipe, they would form R.E.M. While hugely popular on college radio and in underground clubs, mainstream success in the United States would elude the band until their song “The One I Love” from their album “Document” entered the Top 10 in the U.S. Pop Charts on Nov. 28, 1987. By January of 1988, “Document” became the group's first album to sell a million copies. In light of the band's breakthrough, the December 1987 cover of Rolling Stone declared R.E.M. "America's Best Rock & Roll Band.”   

Nov. 29, 1894:  Lucille Hegamin’s Birthday 

Born Lucille Nelson in Macon, Ga, Lucille Nelson Hegamin was the second African-American to record a blues album in the 1920’s, the first being Mamie Smith. Having performed with such blues and jazz luminaries as Jelly Roll Morton and Tony Jackson, Lucille Hegamin would record well over 40 “sides” for at least 10 different labels before retiring in 1934. Hegamin’s version of Tom Delaney’s “Jazz Me Blues” went on to become a jazz standard, one of her biggest hits “Arkansas Blues” was released on no fewer than 9 different record labels, and her “Hard Hearted Hannah” was recently featured on HBO’s “True Blood.” Lucille Hegamin passed away in Harlem, NY on March 1, 1970. 

posted 05/01/2017 in Music
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