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Patty Loveless joined a pretty impressive club last Saturday, September 17, when she was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame at a black-tie event held at Atlanta's World Congress Center. Patty is now on a list of legends including Ray Charles, Alan Jackson, James Brown, Little Richard, Trisha Yearwood and others. Also on that list is Patty's husband/producer, Emory Gordy, Jr., who was inducted in 1992, making them the first married couple to be Hall of Fame members. Although Patty remains proud to be from Pikeville, Ky., she also loves her adopted state of Georgia, where she and Emory have lived, just outside Atlanta, for several years.
During the ceremony, Patty performed her 1994 hit "Here I Am," which she chose because it was written by another Georgia native, Tony Arata. Next, she dedicated the song "The Grandpa That I Know" to the memory of Emory's grandfather. The Honorable Sonny Perdue, Governor of Georgia, introduced Patty as a member and presented her with a Tiffany crystal "Georgy" Award. Governor Perdue called her back on stage at the end of the evening to mark the traditional end of the evening's ceremonies, the singing of "Georgia On My Mind." Congrats, Patty!