Atlanta Music

THE ROYAL PEACOCK
AUBURN AVENUE, ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Opened in 1937 as The Top Hat. The club was purchased in 1949 and renamed The Royal Peacock. Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore James, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, B.B. King, Etta James, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, The Supremes, Ike and Tina Turner and many others performed here. The Peacock now features reggae and hip-hop performers.


Blind Willie McTell
Atlanta, Ga. Hotel Room November 1940

But for a few twists of fate, Atlanta could easily have grown to be the recording center that Nashville is today. Pickin' on Peachtree traces Atlanta's emergence in the 1920s as a major force in country recording and radio broadcasting, a position of dominance it enjoyed for some forty years. From the Old Time Fiddlers' Conventions and barn dances through the rise of station WSB and other key radio outlets, Wayne W. Daniel thoroughly documents the consolidation of country music as big business in Atlanta. He also profiles a vast array of performers, radio personalities, and recording moguls who transformed the Peachtree city into the nerve center of early country music. More...

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