215 West Main St. Swainsboro, Georgia
Open 6 Days A Week
10am-5pm / Monday -Saturday
Located Inside Main Street Market Antique Mall
See one of the largest private collections of it's kind of Authentic Items and
Personal Clothing Once Owned by some of the biggest names in the music industry...
From The 1950's To Present Date...
Country, Rock, Pop, Jazz, R&B, Bluegrass, Gospel
When you visit the museum, you will see authentic items and personal clothing once own by all these famous singers listed below;
Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, Ringo Starr, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis jr., Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Debbie Reynolds, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Brenda Lee, The Everly Brothers, Wayne Osmond of the Osmonds, Dan Fogelberg, Glenn Yarbrough, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrinson, Davy Jones and Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Rascals, The Swingin Medallions, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Prince, BB King, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Diana Ross, Ron Townsend of The 5th Dimension, Cher, Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Ann Wilson of Heart, Freddie Mercury of Queen, Bono of U2, Slash, Eddie Van Halen, Delbert McClinton, Miley Cyrus, Harry Connick Jr., Paul Shaffer, Karen Carpenter, Olivia Newton-John, Barbra Streisand, Kenny G, Engelbert Humperdinck, BJ Thomas, Jerry Reed, Mac Davis, John Denver, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Kenny Rogers, Eddie Rabbitt, Mel McDaniel, John Schneider, Charlie Daniels, Kathy Mattea, Bill Anderson, Mickey Gilley, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Charlie Rich, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Ronnie McDowell, Billy Ray Cyrus, Johnny Paycheck, Johnny Lee, Carl Perkins, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Tommy Cash, Webb Pierce, Lynn Anderson, Dottie West, Charlie McCoy, Jimmy Dean, Jan Howard, Jim Ed Brown, Faron Young, Roy Acuff, Kitty Wells, Red Foley, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Jack Green, Cal Smith, Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb, Roy Clark, Buck Owens, Jeannie Seely, Tom T. Hall, Jeannie C. Riley, Archie Campbell, Mel Tillis, Pam Tillis, Molly Bee, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jim Reeves, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams Sr., Hank Williams Jr., Merle Haggard, Glenn Campbell, Tanya Tucker, Ronnie Milsap, Gene Watson, Charley Pride, Ricky Scaggs, John Anderson, Randy Travis, Leann Rimes, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Trace Adkins, Neal McCoy, Holly Dunn, Martina McBride, Joe Stampley, Dwight Yoakam, Clint Black, Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye, Josh Turner, Vern Gosdin, Joe Bonsall of Oakridge Boys, Tracy Lawrence, Steve Warner, Hal Ketchum, Rascal Flatts, Billy Dean, Mark Chestnut, Lorrie Morgan, The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, George Strait, The Judds, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Maggie Rose, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Kieth Urban, Craig Morgan, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney.
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The Music Memories Museum in Swainsboro Georgia is one mile from The Nancy Auditorium where Country Music singer Hank Williams Jr. performed in front of a live audience for the very first time March 22, 1958. He was only 8 years old and was with his mother Audrey Williams. Brenda Lee's first paid performance was on the same stage in 1955 at the age of 11. She was paid $35. Patsy Cline performed on the stage in 1957 at the age of 25. Also Rock-n-Roll singer J.P. Richardson 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".
The Nancy Auditorium opened in April 1954 and was first owned by Jack and Nancy Thompson who also owned the local radio station WJAT. They later developed a plan for an auditorium to be used for concerts. Know as the Peach State Jamboree.
In 1957 Grand Ole Opry star Webb Pierce and General Manager of the Grand Ole Opry Jim Denny went in as partners and purchased the Nancy Auditorium and WJAT radio station. They had some sort of arrangement where if they booked a group or singer for the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. then they had to also perform at the Nancy Auditorium in Swainsboro GA..
Hundreds of Country Music and Gospel singers performed in Swainsboro such as; Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Brenda Lee, Chet Atkins, Roy Acuff, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Ray Price, Hank Snow, Mel Tillis, Kitty Wells, Ernest Tubb, Carl Perkins, Jim Reeves, Brenda Lee, Connie Smith,, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Little Jimmy Dickens, George Morgan, Minnie Pearl, Red Sovine, Carl Smith, Porter Wagner, Statler Brothers, Wilburn Brothers, Faron Young, Blackwood Brothers, Happy Goodman Family, Bailes Brothers,, Oak Ridge Boys Quartet, Chuck Wagon Gang, Lewis Family, Byrd Family, JD Sumner & The Stamps and hundreds of others....
Also Rock-N-Roll & R&B singers such as: Jerry Lee Lewis, Big Bopper, The Kinks, 3 Dog Night, Tony Orlando & Dawn ,The Tams, Swinging Medallions, James Brown, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Little Anthony & The Imperials and many others performed in Swainsboro GA. between the 1950s-1970s
Read more local music history like this in the museum.
The Museum is FREE ADMISSION
The Nancy Auditorium is still standing, but not opened to the public at this time.
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 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 full-time 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 my private collection at the Music Memories Museum located inside Main Street Market Antique Mall. I thought Swainsboro Georgia would be a great location for the museum because of all the music history it has. I hope on your visit you will find a personal item from your favorite singer that brings back a special memory in your life...
Sincerely, Michael Bright
Rare Chiffon Dress Owned by Patsy Cline