TOP 5 Macon Music Myths



It’s not always easy being famous.  Rock stars are no exception.  Musicians have always been a part of the gossip mill, and some of the stories are just not only absurd, they’re downright ridiculous.  So, entertain your brain with these 5 myths about Macon’s home grown musicians brought to you by our Guest Gatekeeper, Ben Sandifer.

1.  Rev. Pearly Brown, Macon’s famous street singer, was the first African-American to perform at The Grand Ole Opry

FALSE.

DeFord Bailey, who was also the first African-American to record in Nashville, has this distinction. The Grand Ole Opry has no record of Pearly Brown ever performing there. However, he did perform at Carnegie Hall in 1966, where he won a 12-string guitar in a competition.

2.  The Allman Brothers’ song “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” was inspired by a real person

TRUE.

Dickey Betts was inspired to write this instrumental when he saw the name “Elizabeth Jones Reed” on a headstone at Rose Hill Cemetery. But since Elizabeth Reed died in 1935, eight years before Betts was born, they never met.

3.  James Brown recorded his first hit “Please, Please, Please” at the studios of WIBB radio

TRUE AND FALSE.

James Brown and the Famous Flames recorded the demo for this song in the WIBB studio. From this demo Brown’s manager, Clint Brantley, was able to land his recording contract with King Records. He re-recorded what became the released version of “Please, Please, Please,” on February 4, 1956, at King Studios in Cincinnati.

4.  Jason Aldean attended the same Macon school as Nancy Grace

TRUE.

Both are alumni of Macon’s Windsor Academy. Nancy Grace graduated from Windsor in 1977, and Jason Aldean is a member of the Knights’ class of 1995.

5.  Capricorn Studios was on Cotton Avenue

FALSE. 

While the big, bold letters on the front of this building on Cotton Avenue read, “CAPRICORN RECORDS, PHIL WALDEN & ASSOCIATES,” this building only housed the executive offices for the record label. The studios were located several blocks away on Broadway, now Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The only identifying mark on this building was a stained glass window with the Capricorn astrological sign above the front door.

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