A little irony with your rock history?
The people of Macon truly appreciate their musical roots and its performers. As you travel to and around Macon, you will see many things honoring them. There is a street (Penniman Boulevard), among other things named after Little Richard, but I could not help but note the irony that the bridge on I-75 which is only one block from Little Richard's childhood home in Pleasant Hill is the James Brown Bridge, yet it was Little Richard who in a very real way bridged the gap from local attraction to international stardom for both James Brown and Otis Redding.
BTW, Little Richard Penniman Boulevard is a little used street on the edge of the Mercer University campus, ~10 blocks from Pleasant Hill, and, to keep the irony going, one of the houses which was bulldozed to make way for Little Richard Penniman Blvd. was the one where Newton Collier grew up. (If you do not recognize the name of Newton Collier, please see my other Macon Transportation tip.)
A Rock-y Ride
If you want a tour of Macon's musical history conducted by someone who has truly lived it, find Newton Collier. He started playing the piano at six and sax at 10 and was a member of Otis Redding's original backup band and later played with Sam & Dave for three years, during which time they recorded the classic, "Soul Man." He was shot in the face in 1976 and really never regained his musical abilities. Subsequently, he wrote about music, worked as an electronics technician, and even opened his own record store but now he is earning his living as a driver for Radio Cab. You can rent his taxi for only $16 an hour.
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