Happy Birthday To This Southern Rock Pioneer
"On this day, 73 years ago, a red-headed baby boy was born in a small house off Montpelier Avenue, here in Macon. He was the youngest of three boys, his big brothers being Blue and Phil, and he did his best to keep up with them, despite his acute asthma as a child. The Walden family made their home on a humble ranch off Ayers Road, where the three country brothers had stars in their eyes, girls on their minds, and eventually, a penchant for music that would become known as rhythm and blues . . . and would change their family's courses in life for generations to come."
This red-headed baby boy was the only one of the three Walden boys born in Macon. Alan jumped head first into the music industry in 1962 at the age of 19 when his older brother Phil was commissioned in the Army, leaving Alan in a business partnership with Otis Redding, a man he barely knew. Alan and Otis became best friends and when Phil returned the three of them together ran one of the most successful R&B Management and Booking agencies in the world. 73 years later, he has a beautiful wife (the third time is the charm!) and a simple life, surrounded by gold and platinum records, museum worthy memorabilia, chicken feathers, treasures from the Bolingbroke dump, and most importantly, family pictures of a family who has been through it all and continues to love each other harder every aging day.
Happy Birthday Alan Walden!