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Georgia Music Hall of Fame Collection, Series 5: Periodicals

Georgia Music Hall of Fame Collection, Series 5: Periodicals

Descriptive Summary

Title: Georgia Music Hall of Fame Collection, Series 5: Periodicals
Creator: Georgia Music Hall of Fame
Inclusive Dates: 1900-2010
Language(s): English
Extent: 4 Linear Feet (1 document case, 1 half document case, and 3 oversize boxes)
Collection Number: ms3837_5
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame served as the state's official music museum from 1996 to 2011. Located in downtown Macon, the 48,000 square foot building was home to thousands of documents, instruments, sound recordings, and artifacts representing Georgia's vast and diverse music history.

Lieutenant Governor Zell Miller gathered state support for music culture and industry beginning in 1978, creating the Senate Music Recording Industry Study Committee and the Music Recording Industry Advisory Committee. These groups led to the formation of Georgia Music Week, and the first Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards were presented in 1979. These first awards, called "Georgy Awards," were presented to Ray Charles and the music producer Bill Lowery.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Miller, elected governor in 1990, continued the effort to honor Georgia's music legends by supporting the establishment of a museum. The legislature allocated $6.5 million and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Authority was created to head the project. The building officially opened in Macon on September 21, 1996 with a ceremony attended by Little Richard, Mike Mills and Bill Berry of R.E.M., the Pips, and Travis Tritt, among others.

The core collections of the museum were presented in a 12,000 square foot exhibit space called Tune Town. This area consisted of several "buildings" and sections bearing themes by genre or era in the state's music history. The Hall of Fame was also home to the Zell Miller Center for Georgia Music Studies, a library and archive for researchers.

In the 2000s the museum began to encounter financial difficulties, with decreasing revenue and low attendance. In 2010 the state legislature voted to cease funding for the museum, and bids were accepted from other cities to provide a site for it. When none of the bids were found to be suitable, the decision was made to close the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in June 2011.

Scope and Content

The periodicals series of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame collections consists of magazines, newspapers, and tearsheets associated with music figures from Georgia. These include articles from the national music press and from city newspapers, as well as advertisements from a wide variety of sources.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is composed of two series: newspapers and magazines. The materials are arranged alphabetically by artist or topic.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

After the Georgia Music Hall of Fame's closing in June 2011, the bulk of the collections were sent to the University of Georgia Libraries for storage. Ownership of the materials was officially transferred to the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library in December 2013.

Preferred Citation

Georgia Music Hall of Fame collection, ms 3837, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2014.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Georgia Music Hall of Fame
Magazines (periodicals).
Museums -- Georgia.
Popular music.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Magazines

11Abernathy, Lee Roy - Gospel Music World, 1950
12Allman Brothers Band - Modern Recording, Circus, and People, 1975-1979
13Anderson, Bill - Country Song Roundup, 1974
14Atkins, Chet - Country and Western Jamboree, 1957
11B-52s - New York Rocker, 1979
15Bone, Mike - "Getting Down to Business at I. R. S"
16Brown, James - Jet Magazine, 2006 May 8
12-3Brown, James - Look Magazine (2), 1969 February 18
13BBryant, Boudleux and Felice - Silver songwriting anniversary article in Billboard, 1974 January 26
17Bryant, Boudleux and Felice - American Songwriter, Songwriter, Country Song Roundup, 1978-1992
18Buie, Buddy - Mix Magazine, Dothan Magazine , 1983, 2005
14-5Capricorn Records - Zoo World , 1973
19Charles, Ray - Albany Magazine, 1999
16Chesnutt, Vic - Flagpole, 2010 January 6
110Classics IV - Cashbox Top 100, 1968
111Cooley, Alex - Southern Jam, 1978 September 5
112Crazy Horse, Kandia - various publications
113Daniels, Charlie - Gritz (autographed copy), 2002
114Davis, Mac - R&R and Country Music , 1975-1977
114aDevil's Box magazine, 1999
115Dorsey, Thomas A. - Black World, 1974
116Fowler, Wally - Billboard, 1946 September 14
117Georgia Musical Electic, 1873-1882
17Gordy, Emory - Variety tearsheet, 1972 August 31
18Horne, Lena - RCA Victor advertising tearsheet
118The Hour Glass - Ice House Herald, 1967
19Jackson, Graham - Life magazine, 1945 April 23
119James, Harry - Billboard, 1942 July 18
110-11James, Harry - wedding article, Columbia Records ad
120Kelly, Emma - Inside Savannah, Georgia Journal, and Time
121Kottke, Leo - unidentified publication
122Lee, Brenda - Song Hits, 1961
123Lewis Family - Bluegrass Unlimited, Georgia Magazine, Singing News, 1992-1997
112Lowery, Bill - Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine, 1971 December 19
124Lowery, Bill - BMI Magazine tearsheet
125Lynyrd Skynyrd - Modern Recording, 1978
126The Marksmen - Bluegrass Unlimited, 1995 November
127Melton, James - advertising tearsheets
128Mercer, Johnny - Sheet Music Magazine, 1994 May-June
1Miller, Zell - People magazine article "Bach to the Future," framed, 1998 August 3
2Miller, Zell - Legal Times article, "Georgia Music on His Mind," framed, circa 1984
129Milsap, Ronnie - The Entertainer (fan club publication), 1978-1985
21Milsap, Ronnie - Braille Playboy (signed), 1995
130Monthly Musical Review, 1888 January-March
131Nettles, Jennifer - Atlanta Peach, 2007
132Presley, Elvis - Ideal Magazine, 1977
133R.E.M. - Blitz, Entertainment Weekly, and Athens Magazine, 1984-1995
134Redding, Otis - Jazz Beat, Stopsmiling, and Soul Bag, 1960s-2000s
113Redding, Otis - Billboard ad, 1966 February 19
135Reed, Jerry, 1977-1984
136Roe, Tommy - Celebrity Pictorial , 1978
137Rogers, Kenny - Country Music Magazine, 1977 October
138Scott, Billy - The Scene in Greater Augusta, 1973
139Scott, Tommy - Hollywood Hillbillies
140Southern Musical Journal, 1873-1884
141Taylor, Tut - Guitar Player and Bluegrass Now, 1974, 2003
142Walden, Phil - Hilton Head Quarterly, 1978
143Wallace, Sam - Billboard tearsheet, 1971 January 12
144Ward, Robert - Blues Access, 1992
145Welcome Musical and Home Journal, 1884 April
146Weller, Freddy - 16 Magazine
147Whitley, Ray - D-Jay Di-Jest, 1962
148Williams, Curley - The Devil's Box , 1999
149WSB Barn Dance - Mason Mint, 1948 February
15049th Annual Dinner and 2018 Induction Ceremony and Awards Presentation of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, 2018
3Various artists/publications
7Various artists/publications

2. Newspapers

21Abernathy, Lee Roy - The Southerner, 1958 June 26
41Allman Brothers Band, 1975-2009
22Allman Brothers Band
3B-52s - Athens Daily News (framed article), 1997 February 14
42Betts, Dickey - Macon News, 1970 April 20
43The Black Crowes, 1995, undated
23Boatwright, McHenry, 1950-1981
44Bone, Mike
24Brown, James, 2006-2008
6Brown, James - articles regarding death, 2006
25Brown Bag Boogie - The Telegraph, 2007 September 11
45Bryant, Boudleux and Felice
46Campbell, Larry
47Capricorn Records - Zoo World, 1973 May 24
26Carrier, Cotton
27Cassell, Pete, 1954 July 29
48Carvest, Ed - Macon Telegraph, 1971 April 11
49Cochran, Wayne
410Collective Soul
28Cooley, Alex - Atlanta Gazette and Great Speckled Bird , 1970-1974
29Davis, Mac, 1970s-1980s
51Davis, Mac - Los Angeles Times "Home", 1978 April 2
52Dee Lee and His Georgia Ramblers
53Dylan, Bob - Rolling Stone, 1974 February 28
54Georgia Music Hall of Fame - Savannah Morning News , 1995 November 10
55Gordy, Emory, Jr. - The Commercial Appeal (edition covering Elvis Presley's death), 1977 August 17
210Greene, Buddy
9Hammonds, Ronnie - Assorted clippings
211Henderson, Fletcher, Jr. - The Telegraph, 2006 March 28
212Jarvis, Felton, 1970s
213Kelly, Emma - Atlanta Constitution and Savannah Morning News, 1997-2001
214Lee, Brenda - Atlanta Journal , 1982 September 27
56Lewis Family - Augusta Chronicle, 1984
215Lowery, Bill - The Cash Box, 1958 March 8
216Lynyrd Skynyrd
217Marshall Tucker Band - The News American, 1975 November 9
218McTell, Blind Willie - Augusta Chronicle, 1990 September 28
219Morrison, Bill - Macon Telegraph, 1992
57R. E. M. - Athens Banner-Herald , 2006 September 10
58Redding, Otis - Macon Telegraph, 1997 December 11
220Redding, Otis - KGFJ Soul , 1966 April 28
221Reed, Jerry - Fan club newsletters
59Reed, Jerry - Goldmine and Music City News, 1982-1983
510Roe, Tommy - Atlanta Weekly, 1982 September 26
9Roe, Tommy - Assorted clippings
222Sam and Dave
511Scott, Tommy - Macon Telegraph, 1997 January 23
4Shaw, Robert - Atlanta Journal Constitution (framed article)
31-5SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America) Rebel Rouser newsletter, 1952-1995
223The Stardusters - Albany Herald, 1953 January 28
224Suwanee Singers - Southeastern Music News, 1949 October 22
512Swain, Hamp - Macon News, 1979 February 5
513Van Camp, Bob - Buckhead Atlanta, 1978 May 25
514Walden, Phil - The Telegraph, 2006 April 25-27
225Walden, Phil - Macon Telegraph , 1980 November 20
226Wallace, Sam
227Waters, Muddy
228Wet Willie, 1975 March 3
229Whitley, Ray - Country Style Monthly , 1976
230Unidentified clippings, 1940s-1990s