It is a sad day in Middle Georgia, a sad day in Macon, Georgia. The Georgia Music Hall of Fame’s governing board voted on May 24, 2011 to close the doors on June 12 and move its collection of memorabilia to the University of Georgia in Athens, and other state colleges. Memorabilia from the collection includes more than 30,000 records, books, instruments, costumes, awards, and posters.

Here’s a small collection of music videos from a few of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductees.

Ray Charles
1979 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductee

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8Tiz6INF7I[/youtube]

Johnny Mercer
1980 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductee

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3jdbFOidds[/youtube]

“Little Richard” Penniman
1984 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductee

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFq5O2kabQo[/youtube]

Otis Redding
1981 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductee

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdyecbJMLZ0[/youtube]

The B-52s
1981 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductee

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWEfmCvu8R8[/youtube]

James Brown
1983 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductee

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ROzGihgCj8[/youtube]

Lena Horne
1991 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductee

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCG3kJtQBKo[/youtube]

The Allman Brothers Band
1998 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductee

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXrcINvsREU[/youtube]

R.E.M.
2006 Georgia Music Hall of Fame Inductee

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pudOFG5X6uA[/youtube]