Top 5 Places Associated with Little Richard
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This Guest Gatekeeper offering comes from local music enthusiast Ben Sandifer and he has provided us with the Top 5 Macon Places associated with Living Legend Little Richard.
Childhood home in Pleasant Hill
This small “shotgun house” survived the construction of I-75 in the 1960’s. The house is now owned by the Georgia Department of Transportation, with plans to move and renovate the building to become a community information center for the historic Pleasant Hill neighborhood.
Tic Toc Room
Originally called Ann’s Tic Toc Lounge, this downtown Macon restaurant was where Little Richard regularly performed and developed much of the style that would earn him the moniker “the architect of rock ‘n roll”. His song “Miss Ann” was written as a tribute to the original owner of this establishment.
Macon-Bibb CVB (Convention & Visitors Bureau)
The CVB headquarters on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. was originally a bus station where Little Richard worked as a dishwasher. During the opening of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Little Richard spoke of this place as an inspiration for writing “Tutti Frutti,” because “those pots and pans were driving me crazy”.
Macon City Auditorium
When he was just 14, Little Richard worked as a soft drink vendor here, and during that time he gave his first public performance as the opening act for Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Because of his age at the time, this may have been when he was first called “Little Richard.” At one point he worked as a pin boy at the bowling alley next door to the auditorium. And he was a frequent diner at the Nu Way’s convenient Cotton Avenue location, a place he still visits when he returns to Macon to visit friends and family.
Bethany Seventh Day Adventist Church on Edna Place
Little Richard entered Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, earned a degree in theology and was ordained as a minister in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Because of his faith, he never performs from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday, and this is the church where he worships whenever he’s in town.
Ben Sandifer is a former top 40 radio DJ, with a passion for the music and related information presented on Solid Gold Sock Hop each week. Ben is the managing partner of GMS Advertising & Productions, a full-service advertising agency and production company located in Macon, Georgia. GMS has earned 6 Gabby awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, and was named 2012 Small Business of the Year for Specialized Services by the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce/Macon Economic Development Corporation. Ben is also a Certified Radio Marketing Consultant (Radio Advertising Bureau) and a member of the board of directors for the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.