2011–The 75th Anniversary of GWTW, the book, based in part on writings from the Mitchell family scrapbook, shown above.
Eighty years ago this week, Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell wrote the song “Georgia On My Mind” which is the state song of Georgia. It was written in 1930 and has been covered by more artists than one can count.
Carmichael and his orchestra first recorded the song and then years later, in 1960 Ray Charles, who was a native of Georgia picked it up and made it a big hit of his. Some of the others who have covered the song include: Dean Martin, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller, Gladys Knight, Grover Washington, Jr. , James Brown, Billie Holiday, Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, and more recently Michael Buble, Zac Brown Band, Usher, and Coldplay. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine named “Georgia on My Mind” the 44th Greatest Song Of All Time.
Georgia is always on the minds of those who are fans of the movie Gone With The Wind as the movie (and original book) is set in Atlanta and in rural Clayton County Georgia. Gone With The Wind shows the strength of one woman, Scarlett O’Hara as she is faced with losing everything. Another singer who has made a big hit out of Georgia On My Mind is Michael Bolton, who is one of the dancers on this season’s hit show Dancing With The Stars.
Bolton, who is known for his raspy voice and good looks (long hair or short) has a heart for women like Scarlett O’Hara. He uses his millions of dollars that he makes being a leading recording artist to help women and children at risk from the effects of poverty; as well as emotional, physical, and sexual abuse through his Michael Bolton Foundation and Charities. The foundation has provided over three-and-a-half million dollars to help fund charities that help these women.
Because his charity helps women in poverty, perhaps if the Michael Bolton Foundation was around, Scarlett would not have had to rip down “Miss Ellen’s portiers” to make that fancy green dress so she could go to the jail in Atlanta and ask Rhett Butler for the money. Bolton danced with Chelsie Hightower to the Viennese Waltz the first night.
Though Bolton has confidence in his singing as he belts out the songs at his concerts, he was more like Clark Gable was when rehearsing for Gone With The Wind. Gable was the “King of Hollywood,” one of the biggest stars in the movies, but to dance in Gone With The Wind scared him and he had to work extra hard because dancing was a weakness. Unfortunately for Bolton he will not be able to use the moving platform and the trick photography that was employed in GWTW to make his dancing look smooth and graceful.
Clark Gable may not have been the best dancer, but Rhett Butler certainly was. If he wants to stay on the show, he will need to borrow some of Rhett Butler’s grace on the dance floor. Bolton was not the only one to be a bit stiff in his first night on the show. Super Bowl champ quarterback Kurt Warner was a bit out of his element, and it didn’t help that basketball star Rick Fox was gliding across the ballroom like a confident pro.
The cast of characters on DWTS is as diverse as those from GWTW. Hey there’s a comparison—both shows are so popular with their fans, they are recognized just by their initials.
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• Gone With The Wind actress Ann Rutherford who played Carreen O’Hara, Scarlett’s sister, attended the memorial service for Cammie King Conlin, the actress who played Bonnie Blue Butler. Cammie was a beloved person who attended many GWTW events. Patrick Curtis who played toddler Beau also attended the service. Cammie’s son Matt sang some songs and stories were shared by many.
• A Cammie King tribute film will be shown at the “Gateway To the Wind” Festival in St. Louis, Missouri November 5-7. Reservations are being accepted now and spaces are limited so get your reservations in. More information on this fun event can be found on the “Events” page on this website and also at http://www.GWTWbook.com
Article by Sally Tippett Rains, author of The Making Of A Masterpiece, The True Story of Margaret Mitchell’s Classic Novel, Gone With The Wind (www.GWTWbook.com).