Created: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 04:47:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:09:02 EST
Alan Walden's brother Phil had been a Phi Delta Theta brother and Alan himself was a pledge in the early 60's but when Phil was drafted into military service, Alan had to drop out and take over Capricorn Records.
The rest is music history. But now, 50 years later, Alan is getting his wish to become a Phi Delt.
"History is built within Capricorn Records. We're going to try to dive back into the history of music. Phi Delt was built on music and we hope to be able to work with Alan to be able to get music back to Macon and restore some historical sites around here," says David Shadix, president of Phi Delta Theta.
"Our whole staff back in the 60's were Phi Delts. So I always had a feeling that I didn't belong to the brothers yet so today's very, very special for me. In the old days Phil used to audition bands at the Phi Delt lodge and we had everything from Otis Redding to Johnny Jenkins and the Pinetoppers play there and I'm hoping that I'll be able to add a little bit of music to it and also get the fraternity in here to support Macon music because Macon music is my heart," says Walden.
Walden plans to wear his Phi Delt pin this Sunday as the Grand Marshall of the Cherry Blossom Parade.