The Georgia Country Music Hall of Fame will soon include a musician from Northwest Georgia whose music once shared space with works recorded by Elvis Presley. Hoyt Scoggins will be honored Saturday, Nov. 28 during his induction to the hall of fame in Macon. “I didn’t know what to think; it was a surprise to me,” said Scoggins of the honor. Scoggins played and spun records for WROM out of Rome for many years on the Saturday night jamboree. Scoggins recorded a well-known song called “Tennessee Rock,” on the Starday label which was released on a recording with Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Red Foley. Scoggins said music has always been a burning desire in his heart, and when he was 12, he picked up his uncle’s guitar and began to learn how to play on his own and he is excited about the privilege of being in the Georgia Country Music Hall of Fame. Scoggins was born in Walker County, then moved to around for several years, then settled down and “spent many years here when I got married to my wife, Jessie Mae Scoggins.” He later moved to Rome where he currently lives. Scoggins said he went into the ministry about 40 years ago in the Church of God where he still plays and sings. He has six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and said he is especially proud of his grand-son Aaron Scoggins Wilson who is planning on graduating from the Marine Corps soon.
He has three children, two of whom are musicians.
Calhoun Times “My children are really excited for me,” he said about his upcoming induction.