Q: Georgia has a rich musical history. Who were the first Georgians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
A: Well, good golly Miss Molly, Little Richard, Ray Charles and adopted Georgian James Brown were among the first class of inductees in 1986, a group that also included Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry, among others. It might be tough to believe, but Little Richard isn't his real name. Richard Penniman was born in Macon in 1932 and hit it big with several songs, including "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally." Charles was born in Albany in 1930 and soon "displayed his genius by combining elements of gospel and blues into a fervid, exuberant style that would come to be known as soul music," according to the hall's website. James Brown was actually born in Barnwell, S.C., just over the Georgia line, but grew up in Augusta, often entertaining troops from nearby Camp Gordon (now Fort Gordon). Other Georgians, including Gladys Knight and R.E.M., hit the right notes in their careers and are now in the hall.