Like just about everyone else waiting for the 2020 presidential election results, John Legend has Georgia on his mind.
So much so that on Friday morning the singer/songwriter shared an emotional a cappella version of “Georgia on My Mind" to social media, a song popularized by Ray Charles in 1960, just as Joe Biden appeared to take the lead in votes from the crucial state.
The Peach State, which has given its coveted 16 electoral college votes to the Republican presidential candidate in every election since 1992, is on the brink of being flipped with Biden gaining a slight edge of just under a thousand votes when the latest batch of mail-in votes were tabulated.
“He has been waiting five hours to post this,” Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen tweeted of her hubby’s performance.
Legend, an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award winner, quipped back, “It was one take tho."
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell in 1930, “Georgia on my Mind” has been recorded by many, including James Brown, Pat Boone, Willie Nelson, Annie Lennox, Michael Bolton and Michael Buble and Georgia’s very own Gladys Knight & the Pips.
Charles, an Albany, Ga., native, recorded the song for his opus “The Genius Hits The Road” in 1960, winning the Grammy awards for Best Male Vocal Recording and Best Pop Song Performance. In 1979, the state of Georgia designated his version the official state song.
Although Biden took a slight lead in Georgia as of Friday morning, the race has not yet been called.
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