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Today in Georgia History
is a joint collaboration of the Georgia Historical Society & Georgia Public Broadcasting.

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December 11, 1944

Brenda Lee

Her signature song was “I’m Sorry” but there was nothing sorry about the career of Brenda Lee…one of the first singers to be launched to stardom by the ...
May 28, 1944

Gladys Knight

She will forever be taking that midnight train to Georgia.

Gladys Knight, the "Empress of Soul," was born in Atlanta in 1944. At age 7, she gained n...
October 04, 1942

Bernice Johnson Reagon

Her most powerful weapon is her voice. It always has been. Bernice Johnson Reagon was born in Albany. The Baptist minister's daughter grew up immers...

September 09, 1941

Otis Redding

When the hit song, "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" went to number one on the charts in 1968, the artist who wrote and sang it had been dead for four months.
February 28, 1940

Joe South

Joseph Souter was born in Atlanta on this day in 1940.

After meeting disc jockey Bill Lowery, he shortened his name to Joe South. He played in Lower...
January 24, 1939

Ray Stevens

He streaked to the top of the charts.

Singer-songwriter Ray Stevens was born Harold Ray Ragsdale in Clarksdale, Georgia. He attended high school in A...
May 09, 1937

Dave Prater

They were soul men long before the Blues Brothers.

Florida native Samuel Moore and Georgian David Prater were gospel music veterans when they joined...
December 05, 1932

Little Richard

Richard Wayne Penniman is not a name most people associate with the beginning of rock n' roll, but few people did more to make rock one of the hearthstones of 2...
September 23, 1930

Ray Charles

What Georgian doesn't feel a tinge of pride every time we hear Ray Charles sing “Georgia on my Mind”?  It's Georgia's official s...

April 27, 1927

Coretta Scott King

She was the first woman and first African-American to lie in state at the Georgia State Capitol rotunda.

Coretta Scott was born in 1927 in Alabama an...

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