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.