This article needs additional citations for verification. Georgia on My Mind” is a 1930 song written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell and first recorded that year. It has often been associated with Ray Charles, a native of the U. The song was recorded on September 15, 1930, in The Band – Georgia On My Mind York by Hoagy Carmichael and His Orchestra with Bix Beiderbecke on muted cornet, Carmichael on vocals, Eddie Lang on guitar and Charles Winters on bass.
The recording was part of Beiderbecke’s last recording session. Frankie Trumbauer had the first hit recording in 1931 when it reached the top ten on the charts. He had suggested that Carmichael compose the song. The song was a standard at performances by Ronnie Hawkins and The Hawks in the late 1950s and early 1960s, where it was sung by pianist Richard Manuel. When The Hawks split off on their own as The Band, they kept the song as part of their repertoire. Ray Charles’ 1960 recording on The Genius Hits the Road was a major hit, reaching the number one spot for one week in November 1960 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Though “Georgia On My Mind” was a hit single before Charles’ recording, the song has now become strongly identified with Charles in the public consciousness. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine named Ray Charles’ version of “Georgia on My Mind” the 44th greatest song of all time. Willie Nelson recorded “Georgia” on Stardust, his 1978 album of standards. It was released as single, peaked at No. 1 for a single week, and ranked for sixteen weeks on a country chart.
A year later, Nelson won a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his version of the song. The original lyrics, including the commonly excised introductory verse, are in the Georgia Code under license. Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Georgia On My Mind by Ray Charles in Georgia”.