Acclaimed songwriter Jim Weatherly will be honored by his local community on Saturday (29) in Pontotoc, MS. A Mississippi Country Music Trail marker will be unveiled at 1 p.m. in front of the Pontotoc Community House, where he performed many times as a young artist. Weather report died in 2021 at the age of 77.
Weatherly is celebrated as the author of many classic songs, including Gladys Knight and the Pips’ “Midnight Train To Georgia” and the late Motown entry by the same band “Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye”) .on the singer-songwriter’s 1972 album Weather report, the first under the name “Midnight Plane To Houston”. This LP also included his own love letter to his home country, “Mississippi Song”.
He became the soul band’s labelmate on Buddah Records following the success of their cover, which was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and Knight and the Pips recorded a dozen of his songs in total. Weatherly was also the co-author, with Keith Stegall, of Glenn Campbellthe 1984 Country Top 5, “A Lady Like You”; his own 1974 hit “The Need To Be”; and over three dozen numbers recorded by country great Ray Price.
Weatherly was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006, the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame in 2011, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014. The state’s previous local recognition of Mississippi came that same year with a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Music.
The Mississippi Country Music Trail commemorates “the many varied contributions and influences of artists, as well as the places that nurtured their creativity.” Others who have been memorialized with markers include Bobbie Gentry, longtime Glen Campbell collaborator and producer Carl Jackson, Charley Pride, Chris LeDoux, Conway Twitty, Faith Hill, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, Marty Stuart and Tammy Wynette. A complete list, with a map of the locations, can be found here.
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