Thursday, November 5, 2015

Ten “Georgia” Songs


I hadn’t intended on doing a Thursday Ten, because I had done a post already for today. But I started out doing a Friday Five of songs with “Georgia” in the title, and I ended up with ten, so I figured, what the hell…

Sunday completed our 28th year here in Georgia, and to commemorate the occasion, here are ten songs with “Georgia” in the title. I was lucky that Georgia is a woman’s name as well as a state (and a country, now that I think of it); I didn’t differentiate from between the three of them. Too bad I couldn’t find a song about the country, but anyway…

So, here’s list of ten songs with “Georgia” in the title.

  1. Georgia on my Mind – Ray Charles: We naturally start with this one. It was written by Hoagy Carmichael and done countless times, but this version by Albany, Georgia’s Ray Charles is probably the best-known. Georgia Public Broadcasting used to play this at sign-off back in the days they actually signed off. Ray recorded this in 1960 and it hit #1 on the Hot 100 in November of that year. He played the song for the Georgia State Assembly in March of 1979, and a month later it was named the official state song.
  2. The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia – Vicki Lawrence: In addition to playing hundreds of characters on The Carol Burnett Show (reruns of which air on MeTV at 11 PM Eastern weeknights) and playing Mama on Mama’s Family (a character she invented for the Burnett show), Vicki was a one-hit wonder in 1973 with this one, which climbed to #1 in both the US and Canada that year.
  3. Rainy Night in Georgia – Brook Benton: One of those songs that I loved the first time I heard it when it came out in 1970 and still can’t get enough of. This reached #4 on the Hot 100, #2 on the Cash Box survey, #1 on the R&B chart, and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart that year.
  4. The Devil Went Down To Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band: A classic “deal with the devil” song that Charlie and the band released as a single in 1979. It reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Country surveys in both the US and Canada. Love that fiddle!
  5. Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight and the Pips: Their most successful single, it reached #1 on the Hot 100 for two weeks in October, 1973, and #1 on the Soul chart for four weeks the same month. It was their second single on Buddah Records and won the 1974 Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group, or Chorus.
  6. Georgia Peach – Acoustic Alchemy: Acoustic Alchemy’s international fan club was based in Atlanta for a while; unusual when you consider they’re a British act. But no matter. This appeared on their fifth album, Back on the Case.
  7. Sweet Georgia Brown – Django Reinhardt: Written in 1925 by Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard, and Kenneth Casey, it’s become a jazz standard. Most people know Brother Bones’s version as the theme song for the Harlem Globetrotters.
  8. Back to Georgia – Loggins and Messina: From their first album, Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin’ In. It was originally to be a solo album by Loggins produced by Messina, but he ended up playing on the entire album, and the rest is history.
  9. Georgia – Boz Scaggs: From his 1976 “lite rawk” classic Silk Degrees, one of the few songs that wasn’t released as a single, but still got plenty of airplay.
  10. Walkin’ Back to Georgia – Jim Croce: From his 1972 album You Don’t Mess Around With Jim, the only Jim Croce album I actually owned, and for the life of me I couldn’t remember this song. The album is probably in a box in the garage.

So there’s your Thursday Ten for November 5, 2015.

from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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