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This Day in Georgia History

March 07, 1979

Ray Charles Performed for Legislature

Ray Charles performed “Georgia on my Mind” in the chamber of the Georgia House of Representatives for a joint session of the General Assembly in recognition of a measure then under consideration to designate the work as Georgia’s official state song. The joint resolution passed both houses, and on April 24, 1979, Gov. George Busbee signed H.R. 146-516 designating “Georgia on My Mind” as Georgia’s official state song.

To view an image of Ray Charles, see the Digital Library of Georgia.