“Georgia on My Mind“ is a 1930 song written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell….while being first recorded that year…..albeit has often been associated with Ray Charles, a native of the U.S. state of Georgia….who recorded it for his 1960 album The Genius Hits the Road….when in 1979, the State of Georgia designated it the official state song.
Willie Nelson recorded the song on his Stardust album in 1978…..which was then released as single…. while peaking # 1 for a single week….and ranked for sixteen weeks on a country chart. A year later, Nelson won a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his version. In this video seen herewith…..Willie Nelson and The Family Band sing “Georgia On My Mind” while on stage live at Austin City Limits in 1981.