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 December to celebrate Macon's rich music heritage....
Dec. 5, 1932: Little Richard’s Birthday
One of the most influential players in the founding of Rock N’ Roll, Little Richard was born in Macon in the Pleasant Hill community where he continued to live until 1956 when his song “Tutti Frutti” became a national hit. Now residing in the Nashville, TN area Little Richard celebrates his 85th birthday today.
Dec. 8, 1947: Gregg Allman’s Birthday
The blue-eyed, blond-haired, lead soul singer of the Allman Brothers Band was born in Nashville, TN. Having endured many ups and downs in his career, Gregg Allman has persevered and lead a top notch touring band, The Gregg Allman Band until his death this year. Gregg Allman would have celebrated his 70th birthday today.
Dec. 10, 1967: Otis Redding’s Decoration Day
Flying to a gig in Madison, Wisconsin, the plane carrying Otis Redding and most of his backing band the Bar-Kays, crashed into the frigid waters of Lake Monona killing almost everyone on board. To many, the death of Otis Redding marked the beginning of the end for great Southern Soul music; particularly in Macon where Otis Redding and the Walden brothers Phil and Alan were business partners and best friends. Overcome with grief, the Waldens began to look for a new musical direction which in late 1968 would lead them to Duane Allman and eventually the Allman Brothers Band and the birth of Capricorn Records and Southern Rock.
Dec. 12, 1943: Richard “Dickey” Betts’ Birthday
Born in West Palm Beach, Fla., Dickey Betts was a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and has also experienced a fruitful solo career with his own band Great Southern. Not only is Dickey responsible for writing some of the Allman Brothers Band’s most commercially successful material including “Ramblin’ Man” and “Blue Sky” but he is also ranked on the Top 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list by Rolling Stone Magazine. Today is Mr. Betts’ 74th birthday.
Dec. 25, 2006: James Brown’s Decoration Day
Sharing the same manager as Little Richard, Mr. Clint Brantley, and living in Macon from 1955 to 1963 and recording his first two hit songs at WIBB Radio Station on Mulberry St., it is undeniable that James Brown played a huge role in Macon’s storied R&B past. So much so that James Brown chose Macon to launch his James Brown Golden Platter restaurant franchise in 1968, which he hoped would allow low income African Americans a means to lift themselves out of poverty. While eventually settling back in Augusta, Ga. and passing away at the age of 73, Macon’s impact on James Brown was never forgotten.
And the location of those James Brown Golden Platter restaurants? They were located where Blue Moon Liquor Store on Pio Nono Avenue and Fincher’s Barbecue on Gray Highway are located today.
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