As a matter of fact, I rarely consider Georgia in my daily thoughts. Don't get me wrong, it's nothing personal, but I think maybe Georgia needs to be knocked off that pedestal it's perched atop. Really, it's for Georgia's own good... Lest the whole state become stuck up and diva-y...
So Georgia, you may have always been on Ray's mind, but you're really not all that... Your southern neighbor probably has you beat for musical diversity, but that's not to say you haven't produced some good stuff...
- Georgia is a sovereign Nation located in the Caucasus region of the middle east.
- Georgia was once a part of the USSR
- We are ALL Georgians
- Hold Up... Wrong Georgia... Whew... I was a bit concerned abut having to pull out a write up of Sopho Khalvashi...
Here's what the wiki-ster has to say about the STATE of Georgia:
- Georgia is the third fastest growing state in the nation as of 2007
- Georgia's agricultural outputs are poultry and eggs, pecans, peaches, peanuts, rye, cattle, hogs, dairy products, turfgrass, tobacco, and vegetables.
- The above would combine into a seriously messed up pie.
- Some corporations headquartered in Atlanta are: Arby's, Chick-fil-A, The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Pacific, Hooters, Cox, and Delta Air Lines. Major corporations in other parts of the state include: Aflac, CareSouth, Home Depot, Newell Rubbermaid, Primerica Financial Services, United Parcel Service, Waffle House and Zaxby's.
Ray Charles began recording on the well known Jazz label Downbeat, releasing one single under the label before moving on to Swingtime records, a short lived label owned by black entrepreneur Jack Lauderdale. Again Charles released just one song before moving on again to Atlantic, where he would land 27 tracks on the Billboard charts between 1953 and 1960.
In spite of his success at Atlantic, the release of Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music two years after moving over the ABC label, where he would record for 16 years, turned Ray Charles from a R&B star and crossover name to a legitimate musical icon bridging genres and eventually, generations.
Luckily for those of us faithfully listening, they have returned to their with-Berry form on their most recent release Accelerate. So much so, I was under the impression Bill had actually returned to recording with the band, but checking out the liner notes, the band's official website, and any other info sources reveals that not a Berry is to be found. I guess the 4 legged version of REM finally figured out how to run with 3 legs.