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29 August 1960.
Single (A): ABC 10135, August 1960, b/w Carry Me Back To Old Virginny.
Recorded at the Capitol Studios in New York on March 25, 1960.
With Milt Turner on drums and Edgar Willis on bass, uncredited strings, and choir.
According to the original liner notes, the song was arranged by Ralph Burns. In reality, the tune was probably charted by Al Cohn.
Quincy Jones has also been credited for the live 'flute version' as played in the early '60s by the septet and the big band. The conversion of Georgia's original (string) arrangement for the live big band was
For many years the Georgia theme (for that occasion called the Georgia Fanfare), together with a part of Roger Neumann's The Sandblaster, was played as Ray's walk-on tune. The Fanfare was arranged by René Hall.
Perry Como Show, 1961:
Big T,N,T. Show, 1965:
Midnight Special, 1973:
Edmonton Symphony, 1981:
Paris 2000 (with trio):
You could spend more than 15 hours on listening to the circa 170 live versions that have been recorded. And guess what - they're all brilliant.