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  posted on 7/1/2009 at 10:30 PM
Some of you who had hung around Macon in the 50's to late 70's might remember Preacher "Pearly" Brown who walked around downtown Macon playing blues, and some gospel, on his old guitar with the tin cup mounted on the neck.
He really liked working the areas from the Standard Store to Belk's and around the Krystal up to Joseph Neels' store.

I was talking with Hamp "King Bee" Swain today and he urged a campaign to get Pearly into the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame. I was , no need to say, questioning the wisdom of putting a street musician into the hall, until Hamp went into depth about his reasons.

I did know that many locals wanted him to play events, but I was pleasantly surprised to learn from Hamp that Brother Pearly had not just played the college circuit up and down the Eastern Seaboard, that he had also played that same old beat up six string on the stage at Carnegie Hall. Man, just think of what a tape of that show would be like.

Hopefully he'll get hold of the 11th Hour (a local alternate newspaper) and get the bio on Pearly published so that more people can get a handle on just how much influence that old street musician preacher had on early R&B.

I had also thought that Pearly had died in the late 70's, but found out he had lived till 1998.

So, if any of you want, please e-mail the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and let's get a push for Pearly going.

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 07:35 AM
Since there will be a lot more folks able to spend time here this weekend, I thought I'd bump this back up top.

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 08:16 AM


While lookin' for this picture, I found this link. Never knew.

http://vlex.com/vid/brown-v-capricorn-records-inc-20478390

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 10:17 AM
There's another group working to get Pearly in the GMHOF. They have had a couple of meetings in Americus and have put together a bio and nominating package.

Some friends and I tried 5 or 6 years ago to do the same thing. I talked to Phil Walden about helping, since he was an inductee. First thing he said was "Hell no, that SOB sued me, and won!" After a few more conversations I gave him some of Pearly's recordings. Phil got on board and had lunch with Dr. Billie ? (I can't remember her last name). She is the chairwoman of the nominating committee and the gatekeeper to induction. Phil reported back that "It ain't gonna happen".

Pearly did play Carnegie Hall and was given a new Guild 12 string by the company. He was also the first black man to play at the Grand Ole Opry and also played at Newport.

Pearly never sang the blues because he had promised his grandmother, a former slave, that he wouldn't play the "Devil's music' as she called it. what he played was gospel with a blues 'flavor'.

Pearly was a true American treasure and certainly deserves a place the GMHOF.

[Edited on 7/4/2009 by FootPattin]

 

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  posted on 7/4/2009 at 09:13 PM
I've grown to the idea of him being in there, if just for the reason of representing all the street singers that inspired later musicians.
I had completely forgot about the lawsuit. Tells you what 40+ years does to the memory.
Back in those days, your Mom could give Pearly a little "folding money" and you got a chance to sit on the sidewalk under the awnings and listen to him play for about 20 or 30 minutes while she was in the "ladies shop".
I always felt like I was talking with Uncle Remus when I talked with Pearly.

 

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