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Georgia state song

Georgia state song

Georgia state song

In 1879 when Georgia proclaimed its state song as "Georgia on my Mind," the song became a hit for singer Ray Charles. This is the song of Georgia.The TV series Designing Women, which used an instrumental version of "Georgia on My Mind" as its opening theme, featured Charles performing his version of the song on a piano while the show's cast looks on during its opening credits during its sixth season, which aired from 1991 to 1992.

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"Georgia on My Mind" is a 1930 song written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell and first recorded that year by Hoagy Carmichael. It has often been associated with Ray Charles, a native of the U.S. state of Georgia, who recorded it for his 1960 album The Genius Hits the Road. In 1979, the State of Georgia designated Ray Charles's version the official stBut Carmichael wrote in his second autobiography Sometimes I Wonder that saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer told him he should write a song about the state of Georgia. He jokingly volunteered the first two words, "Georgia, Georgia...", which Carmichael ended up using while working on the song with his roommate, Stuart Gorrell, who wrote the lyrics.

Melodies bring memories That linger in my heart Make me think of Georgia Why did we ever part? Some sweet day when blossoms fall And all the world's a song I'll go back to Georgia 'Cause that's where I belong. Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind. Georgia, Georgia, a song of you Comes as sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines. Other arms reach out to me Other eyes smile tenderly Still in peaceful dreams I see The road leads back to you. Georgia, Georgia, no peace I find Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind."Georgia on My Mind" was adopted as Georgia's official state song on April 24, 1979. Prior to the adoption of this song, "Georgia," words by poet Robert Loveman and music by Mrs. Lollie Belle Wylie, served as the state song. (Source: www.netstate.com)

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Georgia, Georgia The whole day through Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind Georgia on my mind Each day, Georgia A song of you Comes as sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines Other arms reach out to me Other eyes smile tenderly Still, in peaceful dreams, I see The road leads back to you, to you, my beautiful Georgia Georgia, no peace I find Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind Oh, Georgia, Georgia, no peace I find Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind By 1930 Hoagy Carmichael had already written more than a dozen songs. His most famous work, “Star Dust” (1929), had been published and recorded but had yet to find success. Working at an investment company in New York, Carmichael was composing in his spare time and wrote “Georgia on My Mind” at the suggestion of friend and saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer, a musician and bandleader sometimes credited as the “grandfather of modern jazz.”

This recording did not turn out to be a hit, but success was just around the corner. In 1931, a pivotal and bittersweet year for Carmichael, “Star Dust” would appear on the pop charts five times, and “Georgia on My Mind” would become a number ten hit. But the good news was mixed with the bad; his college friend Bill Moenkhaus and fellow musician Bix Beiderbecke would both die at the age of twenty-eight. The Ray Charles version of “Georgia On My Mind” (The Genius Hits the Road) is not only the definitive recording of the tune, but is one of the landmark moments in the history of American popular music. Charles sings the tune as if it had been written with him in mind, and his performance casts a large enough shadow that it is now challenging to perform this song without showing some of his influence (not that this is a bad thing).(Source:www.jazzstandards.com)

 

 

 

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