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Gainesvilles Jarrard inducted into Ga. Music Hall of Fame
Late singer-songwriter joined by 8 others in Atlanta ceremony
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Gainesville native John Jarrard was inducted posthumously Saturday night into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

The ceremony was held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta and televised on Georgia Public Television.

Accepting the honor on behalf of Jarrard, who died in 2001, was his daughter, Amanda Jarrard.

Other honorees along with Jarrard included India Arie, The Black Crowes, Charlie Brusco, Jennifer Larmore, Charles Wadsworth, Paul Davis, Pete Drake and the Rev. Pearly Brown.

The hall of fame is in Macon.

Jarrard, a country music singer and songwriter, graduated from the University of Georgia and moved to Nashville in 1977 to pursue his career. His breakthrough hit by singer Don Williams, "Nobody But You," reached the top of the country charts.

Jarrard went on to write hit songs for Alabama, George Strait, Diamond Rio, John Anderson, Reba McEntire and Tracy Lawrence. A total of 11 of his songs became No. 1 hits.

Jarrard suffered from diabetes, and was nearly blind by 1979. He raised more than $100,000 for diabetes research.

Since his death at age 47, the John Jarrard Foundation has raised more than $700,000 for local charities.

The next fundraiser, the annual Bruce Burch and Friends Concert Honoring John Jarrard, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 23 on the Brenau University Front Lawn. Six performers have been selected for the event (click here for a preview).

Tickets are $30 each, with proceeds to benefit the foundation. They can be purchased at The Times, WDUN, the North Georgia Community Foundation, BB&T's Brown's Bridge Road office or online here.