In 1980, Wynton Marsalis went on the road with Art Blakey and in 1981 with Herbie Hancock, who produced his debut album.  His recording career took off (in fact his first album was nominated for a Grammy), and his albums quickly went to the top of the jazz charts.

In 1981, Alabama was named Top Vocal Group of the Year by the Country Music Association, the first of over 150 major music awards they would receive in the next fifteen years.

In 1983, Stevie Ray Vaughan released Texas Flood. 

March 7, 1983, The Nashville Network (TNN) went on the air at 8:00 PM EST with live remotes from New York, Dallas, Denver, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

In 1985, Gloria Estefan and The Miami Sound Mechine released Primitive Love.

Harry Connick Jr. first rose to fame through the When Harry Met Sally soundtrack in 1988, when he became a chic new king of swing.

In the late 80s, the tandem of L. A. Reid and Babyface began their incredible ride in becoming the most successful production and songwriting duo of our of time.  After producing and writing countless #1 R & B smash hits for the likes of Bobby Brown, Pebbles, Karyn White, and Paula Abdul, the team decided to venture out and create LaFace Records.

Widespread Panic release Space Wrangler in 1988.

In 1989, The Indigo Girls' self-titled debut won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

But for a few twists of fate, Atlanta could easily have grown to be the recording center that Nashville is today.Pickin' on Peachtree traces Atlanta's emergence in the 1920s as a major force in country recording and radio broadcasting, a position of dominance it enjoyed for some forty years. From the Old Time Fiddlers' Conventions and barn dances through the rise of station WSB and other key radio outlets, Wayne W. Daniel thoroughly documents the consolidation of country music as big business in Atlanta. He also profiles a vast array of performers, radio personalities, and recording moguls who transformed the Peachtree city into the nerve center of early country music. More...

By Carl P. McConnell

Mabel McConnell talks about the Carter Family, Doc & Carl,
The Original Virginia Boys and the early days of radio.

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