Hamp Swain To Be Honored By GMHOF
July 17, 2008 at 6:38 AM (PT)
HAMP SWAIN, a longtime MACON radio personality, will be inducted into THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME later this year. Also known to radio listeners as KING BEE, THE KING and DEACON SWAIN, his radio career spanned more than three decades on WBML, WIBB and WDDO, all in MACON. Prior to his radio career, SWAIN was a saxophone player and bandleader of THE HAMPTONES, where LITTLE RICHARD PENNIMAN got his start as a vocalist, performing at clubs throughout the southeast. SWAIN first introduced MACON radio listeners to the music of LITTLE RICHARD on his "Night Ride" program on WBML.
The late JAMES BROWN often gave SWAIN much of the credit for launching his career. SWAIN also helped launch OTIS REDDING's career with his weekly Teenage Party at the ROXY THEATER and later the historic DOUGLASS THEATER.
The 30th annual GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME AWARDS ceremony will be broadcast live on GPTV, SEPTEMBER 20th, starting at 8p. For ticket information, contact the FRIENDS OF GEORGIA MUSIC FESTIVAL, INC. at (770) 934-0906.