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Leesburg native inducted into hall of fame

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A singer born in Leesburg back in 1929 is the latest inductee into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Vocalist Roy Hamilton was a popular hit maker during his short career in the 1950's.

He was a Golden Gloves boxer before he was discovered singing in a New Jersey nightclub in 1953.

His first single "You'll Never Walk Alone," reached number one on the R&B chart in 1954.

He was also a singing coach for Elvis Presley.

Hamilton died of a stroke at the age of 40 in 1969.

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