Tabs on Writing

The Business of Business Writing by John Tabellione, Principal at

“Georgia, Georgia” No.1

Date: 14 November 2018
Category: Entertainment, Homophones, Music

On this date (November 14th) in 1960–“Georgia on My Mind”–by Ray Charles Robinson, aka, Ray Charles, climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Hot 100. No one minded that he also won his first Grammy Award for the song that year.

Originally written and performed by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell in 1930, Charles’ rendition of “Georgia on My Mind” earned even more renown as the 44th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2003.

Coincidentally, Ray Charles was born in Albany, Georgia the same year the hit song was composed, and he grew to be\ esteemed by his contemporaries to be “The Genius.”

He mined a wide variety of several music genres to earn his fame and popularity: the breadth of his musical successes ranged  from gospel to country, to blues, as well as R&B, pop and country. Mind you, while practically everyone knows he played the piano, Charles also had the mind-set and enough talent left over to play the organ, sax, clarinet and trumpet.

“Georgia On My Mind” became Georgia’s official state song on April 24, 1979 when then Governor, George Busbee, signed it into law.


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