215 West Main St. Swainsboro, Georgia
Open 6 Days A Week 10am-5pm / Monday -Saturday
See Authentic Items and Personal Clothing Once Owned by Famous Music Artists From The 1950's To Present Date...
Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis,
Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones,
Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin,
Ringo Starr, Smokey Roberson, Tina Turner,
Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston,
Prince, BB King, Cher,
Barbara Streisand, Elton John,
George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash,
Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr.,
Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers,
Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert,
Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan,
Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood
and so many others..
Maybe you will find your favorite singer at the Music Memories Museum.
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Did You Know?
The Music Memories Museum in Swainsboro Georgia is one mile from The Nancy Auditorium where Country Music singer Hank Williams Jr. performed on stage for the very first time March 22, 1958. He was only 8 years old and was with his mother Audrey Williams. Also Rock-n-Roll singer J.P. Richardson Jr. known as "The Big Bopper" performed on the same stage in November 1958 and 3 months later he died in the airplane crash with Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly, known as "The Day The Music Died". Grand Ole Opry star Webb Pierce owned the Nancy Auditorium and local radio station in Swainsboro. It was told that Webb Pierce would not let you sing on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville Tennessee until you sang on The Nancy Auditorium stage in Swainsboro Georgia first. Hundreds of Country Music, Rock-n-Roll, R&B and Gospel singers have performed in Swainsboro in the 1950's, 60's & 70's such as Patsy Cline, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Tony Orlando, 3 Dog Night, The Kinks, The Tams, Swinging Medallions, James Brown, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Bill Monroe, Chet Atkins, Roy Acuff, George Jones, Ray Price, Hank Snow, Mel Tillis, Kitty Wells, Ernest Tubb, Carl Perkins, Jim Reeves, Brenda Lee, Blackwood Brothers, Happy Goodman Family, JD Sumner & The Stamps... and many others. The Nancy Auditorium is still standing; but it's not open to the public. Read more about the Nancy Auditorium and other music history like this in the museum. The museum is owned by Southern Gospel Recording Artist Michael Bright. It's one of the largest private collections east of Nashville TN of authentic music memorabilia.
As long as I can remember I always loved to sing.
I enjoyed all types of music.
I remember my father told me that whatever you love to do, be sure to get around as many other people who love to do the same thing and learn all you can about it. I ended up in the music industry for over 20 years. I started singing secular music, a little rock-n-roll but more country music. During that time I was introduced to country singer Ronnie McDowell. Through his friendship I was able to meet many singers such as Conway Twitty, Reba McEntire, Roy Clarke, Ricky Scaggs, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Acuff, Tanya Tucker, Sawyer Brown, just to name a few. But one memory I will never forget was when I had the rare opportunity to stand side by side with Roy Acuff on the grand Ole Opry stage.. Later in life I gave my life to the Lord and started singing Southern Gospel Music. The next thing that happened, my music charted in the top 40 in the USA. I was also the first Southern Gospel recording artist to have 5 songs chart in the Top 25 simultaneously in the United Kingdom on Sonrise Radio. Two of the songs went to #1 and stayed in the charts almost a year. I was full time touring the United States from 1995 - 2013 performing over 250 concerts a year.
What makes this incredible, all this happened without a Radio Promoter,
Booking Agent or Record Company.
Now that I'm retired from singing I'm now enjoying my other passion, Antiques. I've been the manager since 2014 for Main Street Market Antique Mall.
I decided to share my music memories of singers I grew up listening to on the radio and some that I had the opportunity to meet personally through my private collection of hundreds of authentic autographs, personal items and clothing once owned by Country Music, Rock n Roll and R&B singers. You can see this private collection at the Music Memories Museum located inside Main Street Market Antique Mall. I thought this would be great because of all the local music history and memories right here in Swainsboro Georgia. Such as Grand Ole Opry star Webb Pierce once owned the local radio station and the Nancy Auditorium here in Swainsboro. Hundreds of singers performed on this stage back in the 1950s, 60's, and 70's...such as Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones and Lorreta Lynn....And did you know Hank Williams Jr. had his very first performance on this stage with his mother Audrey Williams in March 1958 at the age of only eight years old. You can read more music history like this in the museum, all at no cost, Free Admission.
I hope on your visit you will find a personal item from your favorite singer here at the Music Memories Museum that brings back a memory.
Sincerely, Michael Bright
Many Items in the Museum Were Purchased Through Celebrity Estate Sales and Charity Auctions. Each Item Has Its Own Certificate of Authenticity