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Published: Sat, April 30, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



MACON

A few tidbits

Before "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay," the late Otis Redding Jr. was discovered in the Saturday talent shows at Macon's historic Douglas Theatre. His family still lives here. His sons work in the music industry, and his widow and daughter own an upscale shoe boutique in downtown Macon.

Pete Rose once played professional baseball for the Macon Peaches at historic Luther Williams Field.

The character of Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" was based on the patriarch of a Macon family with whom Williams spent time during his early writing years.

Former Allman Brothers Band member and Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Leavell, who now tours with the Rolling Stones and has recorded with the likes of Eric Clapton and Blues Traveler, is a nationally recognized tree farmer in Dry Branch near Macon.

Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "Architect of Rock 'n Roll," sang the "dishwasher's blues" at Macon's bus station as a teenager, long before he sang "Tutti Frutti" for the world.

Macon has more cherry blossoms than any other city in the world, including Washington, D.C., and cities in Japan. It was proclaimed the "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World" by the Japanese Consul General.

Source: Macon-Bibb County Convention & amp; Visitors Bureau




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