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Address: 2073 Braeburn Cir SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Neighborhood: East Atlanta
Landmarks Historic cemetery dating back to the 1800s.

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“Fiddlin’” John Carson
Posted by:  Mark Rogers

John Carson lived in Cabbagetown and sometimes worked as a house painter, moonshiner, and a Fulton Cotton Mill employee. But his passion was playing the fiddle. He lived among the Scots/Irish mountain people who city folks called “hillbillies.” In a studio on Nassau Street (behind the Tabernacle) he started a revolution and recorded the first “country music” hit. “Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane” (1923) sold millions. It was first performed in the AJC-owned WSB radio studios and within seconds, Carson’s mountain fiddle and his nostalgic lyrics magically wafted across the nation. Carson helped create what is now called country music—with its “old timey” music consciousness that pined for a lost era—and put Atlanta on the musical map. In the 1920s, Peachtree Street was the heart of the American record industry long before the “Nashville Sound.” Yet, despite his notoriety and success, John Carson was ultimately left homeless when he was evicted from his Cabbagetown home. John Carson died—as most artists do—poor and alone. He ended his days as an elevator operator in the same state Capitol building that launched his fame. Now that’s entertainment!

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Submitted on: 2/8/2010 11:21 PM
By: J Smith
Comment: Great story. This was one I hadn't heard before.

Submitted on: 7/30/2010 6:39 PM
By: Jo Ann Perry
Comment: Fiddlin John did not die poor, alone, and was never evected. Following the death of his beloved wife Jenny he lived with his daughter Maggie because of his failing health. He lived near to all of his children and their families and they often visited with him. He was never in need of money and was generous with his grandchildren. The job as an elevator operator was given to him by Governor Talmadge as a t0ken of rspect and affection.He also "appointed John Commissioner of the elevators" His funeral"was something of a state occasion. The highway patrol was there in large numbers as sort of a honor guard and Governor Herman Talmadge serve as an honorary pallbearer. Governor Talmadge personally donated the monument for his grave site. I know this is true because Fiddlin John Carson was my grandfather and was deepely loved by me and all of his family. On the day of his death the house was full of his family. John's life is well document in the book "Fiddlin Georgia Crazy by Gene Wiggins. I would recommend this to all who have any interest in my Grandfather John and the history of country music.