Georgia Music Hall of Fame

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Georgia Music Hall of Fame
Georgia Music Hall of Fame building
EstablishedSeptember 22, 1996 (1996-09-22)
DissolvedJune 12, 2011 (2011-06-12)
LocationMacon, Georgia, United States
TypeHall of fame

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame was located in downtown Macon, Georgia, United States, from 1996 until it closed in 2011.[1] The Hall of Fame preserved and interpreted the state's musical heritage through programs of collection, exhibition, education and performance; it attempted to foster an appreciation for Georgia music and tried to stimulate economic growth through a variety of dynamic partnerships and initiatives statewide. The Hall of Fame closed due to low attendance and reduced state funding.[2][3]

Mercer University purchased the former Hall of Fame building in June 2012; the university will use the building for expanded programs within its School of Medicine.[4]


The Georgia Music Hall of Fame's permanent exhibit space was designed to resemble a Georgia town where venues such as the Jazz and Swing Club, Vintage Vinyl and Rhythm & Blues Revue house artifacts, interpretive text and audio visual elements. Temporary exhibits included "Keeps Calling Me Home: A Gram Parsons Retrospective", "Let Freedom Sing: Music and the Civil Rights Movement" and '"Otis Redding: I've Got Dreams to Remember", named "Museum Exhibition of the Year" in 2008 by the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries.[5]


Education was at the core of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame's mission. The Billy Watson Music Factory served children grades pre-K through elementary by encouraging the exploration of musical concepts like rhythm, melody and composition in a hands-on learning environment. MIKE (Music in Kid's Education) provided a series of programs offering live music performances and music instruction opportunities throughout the year.

Georgia Music Magazine[edit]

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame Foundation published Georgia Music Magazine quarterly as both the official museum magazine and an in-depth look at Georgia music. The state's legends, landmarks and unsung heroes were explored through features, historical articles, news and reviews.



The Georgia Music Hall of Fame's institutional history began in 1978 when the Georgia General Assembly created the Senate Music Recording Industry Committee to study the economic impact of the state's music industry and to explore ways to promote Georgia music and attract music businesses to the state.[6] In 1979, the Committee developed a Georgia Music Hall of Fame program honoring Georgia musicians who have made significant contributions to the music industry, with Ray Charles and music publisher Bill Lowery named the first inductees on September 26, 1979.

Physical facility[edit]

Owing much to the vision of then Lt. Governor Zell Miller, the Committee also endeavored to create a public museum and archive to document the state's music heritage and serve as a cultural heritage destination. In 1990, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Authority was created as an instrumentality of the State of Georgia and a public corporation with the stated corporate purpose and general nature: 1) to construct and maintain a facility to house the Georgia Music Hall of Fame; 2) to operate, advertise and promote the Georgia Music Hall of Fame; and 3) to promote music events at the facility and throughout the state. On September 22, 1996, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame opened as a 43,000-square-foot (4,000 m2) facility housing a main exhibit hall, a retail store, the Zell Miller Center for Georgia Music Studies, an administrative wing, a classroom and a reception room. In 1999, the second phase of the museum, The Billy Watson Music Factory, an interactive and interpretive exhibit space for pre-K through elementary students, opened.

The hall was closed on June 12, 2011 due to lack of attendance, and the collection donated to the University of Georgia Special Collections Libraries.[7] The exhibits are now being housed at the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, the University of West Georgia, and in private collections.[8]


2015 Gregg Allman John Barbe Jane Barbe Drivin' N' Cryin' John Huie Sam Moore Monica Pearson Sonny Limbaugh[9] Philip Walden, Jr.[9] Tim Wilson[9]
2014 Danny Beard Jeff Foxworthy Lady Antebellum Francine Reed Ed Roland Wet Willie Wally Fowler
2013 Goodie Mob CeeLo Green Kansas James "Alley Pat" Patrick Pat Alger The Forester Sisters Whitney Houston von Grey
2012 Alex Hodges Sugarland 38 Special Gary Rossington Robert Spano Skinny Bobby Harper Johnny Jenkins Bob Van Camp
2011 Toni Braxton[10] Kenny Leon Mother's Finest Jan "Mama Jan" Smith Paul Cochran
2010 Charlie Brusco India.Arie The Black Crowes Charles Wadsworth Jennifer Larmore Rev. Pearly Brown Paul Davis Pete Drake[11] John Jarrard[11]
2009 Johnny L. Carson Collective Soul Peter Conlon Bryan-Michael Cox Roy Hamilton Berry Oakley Shakir Stewart Third Day[12]
2008 Chris "Ludacris" Bridges Dinah & Fred Gretsch Dottie Rambo Hamp Swain Keith Sweat Widespread Panic
2007 Bobbie Bailey Freddy Cole Mylon LeFevre Lynyrd Skynyrd Babs Richardson Usher[13]
2006 Gregg Allman Dallas Austin Felice Bryant Jermaine Dupri R.E.M.
2005 Doug Johnson Patty Loveless NewSong The Sunshine Boys
2004 Mattiwilda Dobbs Hugh Jarrett Chuck Leavell Mary Lou Williams
2003 Mike Curb Indigo Girls Kenny Rogers Alan Walden
2002 Clarence Carter The Harmoneers TLC Tom Wright
2001 Roy Drusky Alan Jackson L. A. Reid Ralph Peer
2000 Michael Greene Trisha Yearwood the B-52s[14] Little Jimmy Dempsey[14]
1999 Mike Clarke Jessye Norman Gram Parsons Travis Tritt
1998 Allman Brothers Band Peabo Bryson Emma Kelly J. Lee Friedman
1997 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra William Bell Dave Prater Boots Woodall
1996 Atlanta Rhythm Section Mac Davis Joe Galkin Rodney Mills
1995 Chet Atkins Ray Eberle Elmo Ellis Joel Katz
1994 Isaac Hayes Gwen Kesler Chuck Willis
1993 J. R. Cobb Curtis Mayfield Sam Wallace Dennis Yost & the Classics IV
1992 Emory Gordy Jr. Connie Haines The Lewis Family Ma Rainey The Tams
1991 Joseph Cotton Carrier Roland Hayes Lena Horne Ray Whitley
1990 Wendy Bagwell Blind Willie McTell Ronnie Milsap Chips Moman
1989 Lee Roy Abernathy Fletcher Henderson Gladys Knight Harold Shedd
1988 Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers Billy Joe Royal Robert Shaw Joe Williams
1987 Alex Cooley Felton Jarvis Jerry Reed Bob Richardson
1986 Hovie Lister George Riley Puckett Tommy Roe Phil Walden
1985 Bill Anderson Graham Jackson Eva Mae LeFevre Zell Miller
1984 Buddy Buie Fiddlin' John Carson James Melton Little Richard Penniman
1983 James Brown Albert Coleman Harry James Piano Red Perryman
1982 Duane Allman Boudleaux Bryant Brenda Lee
1981 Dr. Thomas A. Dorsey Otis Redding Joe South
1980 Johnny Mercer Zenas "Daddy" Sears Ray Stevens
1979 Ray Charles Bill Lowery

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Georgia Music Hall of Fame | New Georgia Encyclopedia". 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  2. ^ "Georgia Music Hall Of Fame Closing". 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  3. ^ Williams, Dave (2012-02-23). "Closed Georgia Music Hall site 'surplus property'".
  4. ^ Ramati, Phillip. "State approves sale of music hall to Mercer | Morning Update". Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  5. ^ "Georgia Music Hall of Fame Earns Award for Otis Redding Exhibition | Georgia Department of Economic Development". Georgia Department of Economic Development. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Georgia Music Hall of Fame | New Georgia Encyclopedia". 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  7. ^ "Georgia Music Hall of Fame Collection". Georgia Music Foundation. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  8. ^ "Georgia Music Hall of Fame | New Georgia Encyclopedia". 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  9. ^ a b c Ruggieri, Melissa (July 20, 2015). "Gregg Allman, Drivin' N Cryin', Sam Moore among 2015 Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductees". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  10. ^ Braxton, Toni (2011-08-11). "Toni Braxton Enters Georgia Hall of Fame". Weekend 22. Archived from the original on 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  11. ^ a b Emerson, Bo (August 11, 2012). "Georgia Music Hall of Fame 2010 awards". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  12. ^ Williams, Lindsay (2009-09-26). "Third Day Enters Georgia Hall of Fame". Weekend 22. Archived from the original on 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  13. ^ "2007 Inductees". Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on August 13, 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
  14. ^ a b "2000 Inductees". Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on October 13, 2010. Retrieved 5 August 2020.

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