Georgia artists topping the charts today frequently acknowledge the influence of the pioneers who paved the way before them. Click on the names below and get to know the singers, songwriters and entertainers who will forever be considered Georgia music legends.
The Allman Brothers Band
Savannah native Johnny Mercer penned more than 1,500 songs during his career. Credit: Courtesy of the Special Collections & Archives, Georgia State University
Boudleaux and Felice Bryant
Though he lost his sight completely by age 7, Ray Charles learned to write and play music and became known as a pop hitmaker. Credit: Corbis
Little Richard Penniman
Lisa Love serves as Director of Music Marketing and Development for the Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. A somewhat passable bass player who should never be allowed to sing, she is founding editor Georgia Music magazine, which celebrates the state’s legends, landmarks and unsung heroes.