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28 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 After dropping out of school, Redding began competing in the theater's Teenage Party Talent Contest, which he won for 15 weeks until officials banned him so others would have a chance to win. Red- ding became the first person honored on the theater's walk of fame. Guides talk about other famous performers who lived in the town for a while, including Little Richard, whose songs like "Tutti Frutti" helped birth the sound of rock 'n' roll. Groups can also add a perfor- mance or film to their tour experience. OTIS REDDING FOUNDATION Redding's music plays in Macon 24 hours a day at the "Otis Red- ding Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay" statue on the banks of the Oc- mulgee River. Unveiled in 2003, the statue is typically part of a tour of the nearby Otis Redding Foundation, which presents a minimu- seum on the beloved singer. Redding grew up in Macon, where he learned to sing and play music at a local Baptist church. His gruff vocals and inspiring lyrics produced many American classics, such as "I've Been Loving You Too Long" and "Try a Little Tenderness." Days after recording his most famous hit, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," Redding died in an airplane crash. The song became the first posthumous No. 1 record on the Billboard Hot 100 and ensured Redding's music legacy would never be forgotten. The museum's exhibits provide a glimpse into the talented musi- cian's life and works. The collection spans his career, which yielded 12 albums and 15 Top 10 hits. "The Otis Redding Foundation is a minimuseum that the Redding family runs," said Bradley. "Though the museum is small, groups have a great experience looking around and purchasing Otis Redding souvenirs, like CDs and shirts." THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND MUSEUM The Allman Brothers' Berry Oakley, living with his wife, child and sister in a one-bedroom loft in 1970 Macon, needed more space. He and his bandmates ended up renting a three-story Grand Tudor house that would become the center of the band's activities from 1970 to 1973. The elegant home became known as "The Big House." Today, groups can tour the home, restored as the Allman Brothers Band Museum to showcase the rock band's guitars, clothing, photos, post- ers, gold records and vast collection of memorabilia. "The Allman Brothers lived and wrote some of their most famous songs there," said Bradley. "It was turned into a museum, and now there is memorabilia all over the place." Tours reveal the larger history of the Allman Brothers and their impact on the rock genre, as well as the more focused image of a typi- cal day in a house full of musicians, family and friends. Groups see the rooms where the band composed "Ramblin' Man," "Ain't Wastin' Time No More" and "Midnight Rider." Handwritten lyr- ics are on display in the living room, and the Fillmore East Room re-creates the setup of the band's jam sessions. ROCK CANDY TOURS Since the buildings and sidewalks of Macon can't talk and tell the stories of the music legends who lived there, Rock Candy Tours stepped in. The music history tour company showcases the hotel where Little Richard lived, the restaurant where the Allman Brothers The Allman Brothers Statue of Otis Redding Douglass Theatre Allman Brother's guitar

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