Four of this year’s inductees into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame have midstate ties, and one of the scheduled performers at Saturday night’s induction gala will be Miss America, Betty Cantrell of Warner Robins.
Sam Moore, Gregg Allman, John Huie and Phillip Walden Jr. are among the inductees being honored at the 37th annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards in Atlanta.
The event at the Georgia World Congress Center will be broadcast live on Georgia Public Television, starting at 8 p.m.
Moore was the lead singer of the ‘60s soul duo Sam & Dave, known for hits including “Soul Man” and “Hold On, I’m Comin.’” Born in Macon County, he turns 80 in a few weeks. He is receiving a Performer Award.
Allman, the rock and blues singer who helped found the Allman Brothers Band, is being inducted individually in the songwriter category. Among the songs he penned over the years were “Whipping Post,” “Midnight Rider” and “Melissa.”
It will be Allman’s third Georgy Award. The hall of fame previously recognized him as a solo performer and in the group category with the Allman Brothers.
Huie, a Grammy-winning executive producer and renowned booking agent, whose clients include singers Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, was born in Macon. He will receive a Nonperformer Award.
Walden, an attorney and music executive who died in 2011 at age 48, will be honored with a Posthumous Award. He was known for his work with Capricorn Records and Turner Broadcasting.
Other inductees of note include the band Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ and late comedian and singer Tim Wilson of Columbus.
Along with Cantrell’s performance, there will be others by Allman, Moore, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ and Huie’s clients Grant and Smith.