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Georgia Radio HOF Recognizes Three Horsemen

Brown, Greene and Swain were pioneers of the ‘urban’ format

Courtesy of the Macon Telegraph

The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame will recognize the “Three Horsemen” in a ceremony at the hall’s Sixth Annual Induction Awards Ceremony, Oct. 20, in Macon, Ga.

The Three Horsemen were Charles Greene, Ray Brown and Hamp Swain. They were popular in Macon in the late 1950s and into the 1960s at WIBB(AM), a station that switched formats from country to black, well ahead of the growth in urban formatting.

Greene, Brown and Swain proved exceedingly popular, hosting live gigs as well. James Brown and Otis Redding were just two unknowns that were promoted by the Three Horsemen. Brown recorded songs at the WIBB studios.

Greene passed away in January but Brown and Swain are expected to attend and receive the Founders and Directors Award. Greene’s son Khris will accept for his father.