On this day in music history: March 14, 1970 -…

On this day in music history: March 14, 1970 – “Rainy Night In Georgia” by Brook Benton hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 on March 7, 1970. Written by Tony Joe White, it is the seventh R&B chart topper for the veteran soul singer born Benjamin Franklin Peay in Lugoff, SC. Singer and songwriter Tony Joe White (“Polk Salad Annie”) writes the song on a day stormy day off from his job driving a dump truck for the state highway department in Marietta, GA. The song is recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL on November 5, 1969 while producer Arif Mardin is doing double duty, working with Aretha Franklin in an adjoining studio. It features musicians such as Cornell Dupree (guitar), Toots Thielemans (harmonica), Tubby Ziegler (drums), Harold Cowart (bass), Dave Crawford (piano), and Billy Carter (organ). “Rainy Night In Georgia” becomes Benton’s last major hit on the pop chart. He scores only two more top 40 R&B hits before his death in 1988. “Rainy Night In Georgia” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.