Category:Singers from Mississippi
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1. John Alexander (tenor) – John Alexander was an American operatic tenor who had a substantial career during the 1950s through the 1980s. He was also an active concert singer throughout his career. Aside from a handful of these roles, however, his repertoire at the Metropolitan did not include heavier parts. Rather, he was known there for an expansive lyric repertoire that encompassed the works of Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti among others. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La bohème, the title roles in Don Carlos and Faust. Alexander was born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi. He attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Many years later, while still working regularly for the Metropolitan Opera, he returned as a member of the faculty. In 1951 Alexander moved to New York City to begin studying voice further with the intent of pursuing a career. He was accepted as a member of the Charles Wagner Opera Company, a touring company which traveled throughout North America. He traveled widely during the Fall of 1951 notably portraying Alfredo in Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata as Violetta. The following fall he once again traveled with the Charles Wagner Opera Company, this time singing Don José in Bizet's Carmen opposite Sill's Micaëla. Over the next five years he appeared including the Baltimore Opera Company and the Houston Grand Opera. In 1957 Alexander made his debut opposite Dorothy Kirsten as Cio-Cio San. That same year he made his first appearance with the New York City Opera singing the role of Alfredo.John Alexander (tenor) – Alexander in 1960.
2. Mose Allison – Mose John Allison Jr. was an American jazz and blues pianist, singer, songwriter. He became notable for playing a unique mix of modern jazz, both singing and playing piano. He is described as having been "one of the finest songwriters in 20th-century blues." His songs were strongly dependent with his individualistic, "quirky", subtle ironic humor. Georgie Fame used many of Allison's songs. Others who recorded his songs included Bonnie Raitt. The 1980s saw an increase with new fans drawn to his unique blend of modern jazz. In the 1990s he began recording more consistently. Van Morrison and Ben Sidran collaborated on a tribute album Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison. The Pixies wrote the song "Allison" as a tribute. He was inducted in 2006. Allison was born on his grandfather's farm, known as the Island, "because Tippo Bayou encircles it." He took piano lessons at 5, picked cotton, wrote his first song at 13. Allison attended the University of Mississippi for a while, then enlisted for two years. Back Country Suite, was issued by Prestige in 1957.Mose Allison – Mose Allison
3. Bryan Austin – Bryan Cuevas is an American country music artist, known professionally as Bryan Austin. Signed to Liberty Records' label Patriot Records in 1994, he released an album and two singles for the label. The first of these singles, "Radio Active", charted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Bryan Cuevas was born September 1967 in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Cuevas was raised near Biloxi, Mississippi. Cuevas later changed his surname to Austin. In 1994, He was the first artist signed to a sister label of Liberty Records founded by its then-president, Jimmy Bowen. He released his debut single, "Radio Active", that year. Another single, "Is It Just Me", was also released and made into a music video, although the single did not chart. Austin left Patriot in 1995 after the label was merged into Capitol Records. He performed on Steve Wariner's 1997 instrumental album No More Mr. Nice Guy on the track "The Brickyard Boogie."Bryan Austin – Bryan Austin
4. Moe Bandy – Marion Franklin "Moe" Bandy, Jr. is a country music singer. Bandy was most popular during the 1970s, when he had several hit songs, both alone and with Joe Stampley. Marion Bandy grew up in Meridian, Mississippi, hometown of the country singer Jimmie Rodgers. Bandy later stated: "My grandfather worked on the railroads with Jimmie Rodgers. Bandy was the boss of Jimmie Rodgers worked for him. Bandy said that he played all the time between work." Bandy was nicknamed Moe by his father when he was a child. The Bandy family moved to Texas when Moe was six. His mother sang. His father's wish that Moe also play the fiddle never materialized. He tried bronco-busting and bull riding and by the time he was 16, his brother Mike were competing in rodeos all over Texas. In tired of the bruises and fractured bones, Bandy began to pursue a career in country music. When he was young he tried to sound like George Jones - "I even had my hair cut short like his." It made little impression. In 1973, Bandy went solo when producer Ray Baker, who had listened to his demos, suggested that he come to Nashville, Tennessee.Moe Bandy – Bandy in 1977.
5. Lance Bass – James Lance Bass is an American pop singer, dancer, actor, film and television producer, author. He rose to fame as the bass singer for the American pop boy band NSYNC. NSYNC's success led Bass to work in television. He starred On the Line, which his company, Bacon & Eggs, also produced. After completion of NSYNC's Pop Odyssey Tour, Bass moved in much publicized pursuit of a seat on a Soyuz space capsule. However, after his financial sponsors backed out, Bass was denied a seat on the mission. In July 2006, Bass revealed that he is gay in a story for People magazine. Along with his older sister, Stacy, Bass was raised as a Southern Baptist. Bass has said that his childhood was "extremely happy". Of this experience Bass said, "I was certain from then on that my future was to be involved with space." At Clinton High School, Bass has said that he performed well in math and science. However, when looking back, he remembers "hardly anything" about academia. Bass' career has consisted primarily of his singing with NSYNC and running a small management company. Timberlake's vocal coach recommended Bass as a replacement. Bass has said that he did not know how to dance before he therefore found much of the group's choreography difficult to learn.Lance Bass – Lance Bass, Beverly Hills, California on March 16, 2014
6. Eden Brent – Eden Brent (born 16 November 1965 in Greenville, Mississippi is an award-winning American musician on the independent Yellow Dog Records label. She combines boogie-woogie with elements of blues, jazz, soul, gospel and pop. Her vocal style has been compared to Bessie Smith, Aretha Franklin. She eventually earned the nickname "Little Boogaloo." In 2006, she won the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge. At The 14th Independent Music Awards in 2015, Eden Brent won the award in the "Holiday Song" category for "Valentine". Eden Brent was raised in Greenville, Mississippi. Brent studied music at the University of North Texas, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Music. When she was 16, Eden Brent began to teach herself how to play his style. Brent has said, "By the time I was 19, I’d nearly become sort of a groupie. Sometimes I'd then go home and try to learn it. Finally, after a few failures of not being able to pick it up on my own I was bold enough to ask him to teach me." In 1985, Ames took her for 16 years nicknaming her Little Boogaloo. This apprenticeship advanced Brent’s talents.Eden Brent – Eden Brent performing at the Rawa Blues Festival in Poland, 2009
7. Big Bill Broonzy – Big Bill Broonzy was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s when he played country blues to mostly African-American audiences. Through the 1940s Broonzy successfully navigated a transition to a more urban blues sound popular with working-class African-American audiences. His long and varied career marks him as one of the key figures in the development of blues music in the 20th century. He copyrighted more than 300 songs including both adaptations of original blues songs. As a blues composer, he was unique in writing songs that reflected his rural-to-urban experiences. Born Lee Conley Bradley, he was one of the seventeen children of Frank Broonzy and Mittie Belcher. The date and place of his birth are disputed. Broonzy claimed he was born in 1893, many sources report that year, but family records discovered after his death suggested that the year was 1903. Soon after his birth the family moved to an area near Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where Bill spent his youth. He began playing music at an early age. He and a friend, Louis Carter, who played a homemade guitar, began performing at social and church functions. These early performances included playing with different stages for whites. He had given up playing the fiddle and had become a preacher. There is a story that he was offered $50 and a new violin if he would play for four days at a local venue.Big Bill Broonzy – Studio portrait of Broonzy
9. Jimmy Buffett – James William "Jimmy" Buffett is an American musician, songwriter, author, actor, businessman. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an "island escapism" lifestyle. Together with his Coral Reefer Band, Buffett has recorded hit songs including "Margaritaville" and "Come Monday". He has a devoted base of fans known as "Parrotheads". Buffett co-developed the Cheeseburger in Paradise chain. Buffett was born on December 25, 1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, spent part of his childhood in Mobile, Alabama. Buffett is Jr.. In school years, Buffett attended St. Ignatius School, where he played the trombone in the band. He later lived in Fairhope, Alabama. He graduated from McGill Institute for Boys in 1964. He was initiated into the fraternity Kappa Sigma at the University of Southern Mississippi. After graduating from college, Buffett worked as a correspondent for Billboard magazine in Nashville, breaking the news of the separation of Flatt and Scruggs. Buffett married Margie Washichek in 1969; they divorced in 1972. They separated in the early 1980s but reconciled in 1991. He spends part of the summer traveling about the East Coast on his sailboat.Jimmy Buffett – Jimmy Buffett performing, January 2008
10. Jimmy Burns – Jimmy Burns is an award winning American soul blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Although he was born in the Mississippi Delta, Burns has spent nearly all his life in Chicago. Eddie "Guitar" Burns, was a Detroit blues musician. Burns was raised on the Hilliard Cotton Plantation in Mississippi where he learned to play 12-string guitar. He was the youngest of eleven children. He sang in a choir when he still lived in the Delta and he was influenced by the blues he heard on the streets. His favorite musician was Lightnin' Hopkins. Burns's father was a sharecropper who performed as a singer in medicine shows. Recording solo in the 1960s, Burns issued singles for the USA, Minit, Tip Top and Erica labels. He with another outfit called Jimmy Burns and the Gas Company into the early 1970s. It is sought by collectors. Burns took a long break after the early 1970s to raise his family and run a barbecue stand. He performed infrequently until the early part of the 1990s, when he started a long residency at Chicago's Smokedaddy Club. It was there that Delmark Records boss Bob Koester first heard Burns agreed to record him after hearing only one set of music. Handy Award nominations.Jimmy Burns – Jimmy Burns
11. Jerry Butler – Jerry Butler, Jr. is an American soul singer and songwriter. He is also an American politician. Butler serves as a Commissioner for Illinois, having first been elected in 1985. As a member of this 17-member board, Butler chairs the Health and Hospitals Committee, serves as Vice Chair of the Construction Committee. He was born in Mississippi in 1939. The mid-1950s had a profound impact on Butler's life. Butler grew up poor, having lived in Chicago's Cabrini -- Green complex. The church provided solace from the poverty of the slums he lived in, difficulties of a predominantly segregated society. Butler performed with Curtis Mayfield. As a teenager, he sang in a quartet called Northern Jubilee Gospel Singers, along with Mayfield. A guitar player, became the lone instrumentalist for the six-member Roosters group, which later became The Impressions. Inspired by the Soul Stirrers, the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, the Pilgrim Travelers, getting into the music industry seemed inevitable. Billy Butler, also had a career in the music industry, including playing guitar with Jerry's band, until his death in 2015. He co-wrote the song "For Your Precious Love" and wanted to record a disc. Looking for recording studios, the Impressions, auditioned for Vee-Jay Records.Jerry Butler – Butler in 1970
12. Eddie C. Campbell – For other persons named Edward Campbell, see Edward Campbell Eddie C. Campbell is an American blues guitarist and singer active in the Chicago blues scene. Campbell by age 12 was learning from the blues musicians Muddy Waters, Magic Sam, Otis Rush. In his early years as a professional musician, he played with Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Little Johnny Taylor, Jimmy Reed. In 1976, Willie Dixon hired him to play in the Chicago Blues All-Stars. King of the Jungle, featuring Carey Bell on harmonica and Lafayette Leake on piano, was released the next year. Campbell's latest album is Spider Eating Preacher. It was nominated in the category Traditional Blues Album. In February 2013, Campbell suffered a heart attack while on tour in Germany, leaving him paralyzed on the right side of his body. Barbara Basu, started the Eddie C. Campbell Assistance Fund to raise money to fly him back to Chicago for further medical treatment. King of the Jungle Let's Pick It! The Baddest Cat on the Block Mind Trouble That's When I Know Hopes and Dreams Gonna Be Alright Tear This World Up Spider Eating PreacherEddie C. Campbell – Eddie C. Campbell in Belgium, October 1979
13. Otis Clay – Otis Lee Clay was an American R&B and soul singer, who started in gospel music. In 2013, Clay was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame. Clay was born to a musical family, who moved in 1953 to Muncie, Indiana. After singing with the Voices of Hope, he returned to Mississippi to sing with the Christian Travelers, before settling in Chicago in 1957. In 1965 Clay signed with One-derful! Records in Chicago, to make secular recordings. The record became Clay's biggest hit, reaching # 97 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, follow-ups on Cotillion, including "Hard Working Woman" produced by Syl Johnson, "Is It Over?" produced by Willie Mitchell in Memphis, were less successful. Clay made many of his best known soul blues records for the label. "Tryin' To Live My Life Without You" was later covered by Bob Seger, whose version hit # 5 on the chart in 1981. In the 1990s he also recorded two soul albums for Bullseye Blues: I'll Treat You Right and This Time Around. In 2007, he recorded the album Walk a Mile in My Shoes. He was a nominee for a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. As a resident of Chicago's West Side, he was actively involved in community-based cultural initiatives, including the development of The Harold Washington Cultural Center. On August 2012 he was one of several acts that performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Summer Concerts in New York City.Otis Clay – Otis Clay (1997)
14. David L. Cook – David L. Cook is an American Christian country music singer-songwriter, comedian and a multiple Emmy® and Telly Awards winner. Born to Donnell and June Cook, David is the oldest of six children. In all of Cook's overseas recordings his surname is Cooke to distinguish it from his work in the United States. In 1990 he was diagnosed with a dissociative disorder and psychogenic amnesia reportedly brought on by an abusive father. In 1999 Cook's story was used as a lead story with The 700 Club. Cook was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi; after two years, his family moved to Florida. He began his musical career at age five, singing with The Cook Family Singers. After his parents' divorce, the group continued without Donnell, but the group disbanded because of June's health issues. Cook continued singing both gospel and music. Early in life, he was abused by his father, who had a severe problem. While intoxicated, Cook's father reportedly became violent towards his family. After many years of this abuse he developed psychological problems that ended up following him through to his life as an adult. Cook developed psychogenic amnesia. Cook never really understood the cause. Lauderdale.David L. Cook – David L Cook at the 1996 Grammy Awards
15. Sam Cooke – Samuel Cook, known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, entrepreneur. Influential as both a composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. Cooke had three more posthumously. Cooke was also among composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the Civil Rights Movement. After an inquest, the courts ruled Cooke's death to be a justifiable homicide. Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been called by Cooke's family. Cooke was born Samuel Cook in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in 1931. In 1957 he added an "e" at the end of his name; the reason for the change is disputed. He was the fifth of eight children of the Rev. Charles Cook, his wife, Annie Mae. One of his younger brothers, L.C. later became a member of the band Johnny Keyes and the Magnificents. The family moved in 1933. Cooke attended Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago, the same school that Nat "King" Cole had attended a few years earlier. Sam Cooke began his career in a group called the Singing Children when he was six years old.Sam Cooke – Sam Cooke
16. Tyrone Davis – Tyrone Davis was an American blues and soul singer with a long list of hit records over more than 20 years. Davis had three number 1 hits on the Billboard R&B "Turn Back The Hands Of Time", "Turning Point". Tyrone Fettson was born to Willie Branch and Ora Lee Jones. He moved with his father before moving to Chicago in 1959. Working as a valet/chauffeur for singer Freddie King, he started singing in local clubs where he was discovered by record executive/musician Harold Burrage. His early records for small record labels in the city, billed as "Tyrone the Wonder Boy", failed to register. His first release, "A Woman Needs To Be Loved" was flipped when the b-side started to get attention. The song, "Can I Change My Mind" featured a change of vocal style with a softer, more pleading approach and tone. The record spent three weeks on the top of the Billboard R&B chart while climbing to # 5 in the Hot 100. It received gold disc recognition. Davis released about 25 singles with Dakar, most of them big R&B sellers produced by Willie Henderson. He finally returned with "Turning Point" in 1975. Major hits with "This I Swear", "In The Mood". Dubbed the "king of romantic Chicago soul" by MTV, class endeared him to female soul fans through the 70's. Johnson.Tyrone Davis – Davis in 1970.
17. Jimmy Dawkins – James Henry "Jimmy" Dawkins was an American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist and singer. He is generally considered to have been a practitioner of the "West sound" of Chicago blues. Dawkins was born in Tchula, Mississippi. In 1969, thanks of his friend Magic Sam, his first album, Fast Fingers, was released by Delmark Records. It won the Grand Prix du Disque from the Hot Club de France. In 1971, Delmark released All for Business, with the singer Andrew Odom and the guitarist Otis Rush. Other musicians that toured in the late 1970s were Jimi Schutte, Sylvester Boines, Rich Kirch and Billy Flynn. Dawkins toured with this group of musicians. He also recorded more albums in the United States and Europe. He contributed a column to the magazine Living Blues. Dawkins died on April 10, 2013, aged 76.Jimmy Dawkins – Jimmy Dawkins in March 1981
18. Bo Diddley – A five-accent hambone rhythm, is a cornerstone of hip hop, rock, pop. He is also recognized including his rectangular guitar. Born as Ellas Otha Bates, he was raised by his mother's cousin, Gussie McDaniel, whose surname he assumed. In 1934, the McDaniel family moved to the South Side of Chicago, where he dropped the Otha and became Ellas McDaniel. He performed until he was 18. However, he was more interested in the pulsating, rhythmic music he heard at a local Pentecostal church and took up the guitar. Green became a near-constant member of McDaniel's band, the two often trading joking insults during live shows. During the summers of 1944, he played in a band with Earl Hooker. Williams later played lead guitar on "Who Do You Love?" . They re-recorded the songs with a ensemble comprising Otis Spann, Lester Davenport, Frank Kirkland, Jerome Green. "Bo Diddley", became a number one R&B hit. The origin of the stage name Bo Diddley is unclear. McDaniel claimed that his peers gave him the name, which he suspected was an insult. He also said that the name first belonged to a singer his adoptive mother knew.Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
19. Meredith Edwards (singer) – Meredith Edwards is an American singer. She recorded an album, Reach, for Mercury Records Nashville in 2001. This album accounted on the Billboard singles charts. At the age of five, she was a member of the traveling choir the Mississippi Show Stoppers, along with Lance Bass of'N Sync. Lance had signed Meredith to his own management called Free Lance Entertainment. In 2001, she released her first CD, Reach, under the Mercury label. The album debuted at No. 24 on the Top Country Albums chart and was produced by Richard Marx. "A Rose Is a Rose" and "The Bird Song", both charted at No. 37 and No. 47 respectively. Edwards has not recorded since Reach. Bass, Berry & Sims AttorneyMeredith Edwards (singer)
20. Ruby Elzy – Ruby Elzy, was a pioneer American operatic soprano. Elzy was born at Rust College, the Ohio State University and the Juilliard School. Her sister Amanda Elzy was a prominent educationist after whom Amanda Elzy High School in Greenwood, Mississippi is named. Elzy entertained at the White House, December 1937, for First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's luncheon for the wives of U.S. Supreme Court Justices. She appeared on Broadway in the musical John Henry, on radio and on the concert stage. She sang in the Hollywood Bowl. Elzy performed in it more than eight hundred times. Her career lasted barely a decade. In 2006, David E. Weaver, produced a first-ever CD compilation of Elzy, featuring the singer in twenty rare recorded and broadcast performances. The CD, entitled Ruby Elzy in Song, was released on the Cambria label. Birth of the Blues David E. Weaver, Black Diva of the Thirties: The Life of Ruby Elzy, University Press of Mississippi, September 2004.Ruby Elzy – Ruby Elzy in 1935. Photo by Carl Van Vechten.
21. Steve Forbert – Samuel Stephen "Steve" Forbert is an American pop music singer-songwriter. The song also is ranked as the 47th biggest Canadian hit of 1980. In Australia it reached No. 13. They released his debut album, Alive on Arrival that year. Allmusic noted that it "earned critical acclaim for its poetic lyrics". She wasn't really taken care by the music business, not a new story." The signature part on "Romeo's Tune" was played by former Elvis Presley pianist Bobby Ogdin. Jackrabbit Slim was produced by John Simon, who had worked with The Band. On any comparison to Bob Dylan, Forbert said, "You can't pay any attention to that. It's nothing I take seriously. I'm off the hook -- I don't have to know all the answers like Bob Dylan." Jackrabbit Slim peaked in the UK Albums Chart. Forbert also had a appearance in Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" video, playing her boyfriend. In 1984, Forbert had a disagreement with his record company, which apparently did not want to release a recording he made. Contractual issues prevented Forbert from recording for a number of years afterwards.Steve Forbert – Steve Forbert performing on July 12, 2008
22. Mickey Gilley – Mickey Leroy Gilley is an American country music singer and musician. He is a cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl McVoy, Jimmy Swaggart. Gilley is a son of Arthur Fillmore Gilley and Irene Gilley in Natchez, Mississippi. Gilley grew up just from where Lewis grew up. Gilley, Lewis taught them his piano style. Gilley did not become a professional singer until Lewis hit the top of the charts in the 1950s. Gilley then played sessions in New Orleans with producer Huey Meaux. His a record "Call Me Shorty" on the Dot label sold well in 1958. In the 1960s, he played at many bars, gaining a following at the Nesadel Club in Pasadena, Texas. Paula Records released Gilley's first album, Down the Line, in 1967. He had a minor hit from the album called "Now I Can Live Again". In 1970 Gilley opened up his first nightclub in Pasadena, Texas, called Gilley's Club. It later became known as the "world's biggest honky tonk." Its mechanical bull was portrayed in the 1980 film Urban Cowboy. He shared "Gilley's Club" with Sherwood Cryer, who asked Gilley with him.Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley in 1970
23. Elizabeth Greenfield – Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, dubbed "The Black Swan", was an African-American singer considered the best-known black concert artist of her time. She was noted by James M. Trotter for her "wide vocal compass". Greenfield was adopted or inherited by another woman named Elizabeth Greenfield, a Philadelphia Quaker, as an infant. Her father was black. Her mistress emancipated her slaves, sending many of them to Liberia. She remained in Philadelphia. She studied music as a child although it was forbidden with whom she associated. At this point she began to sing at private parties. Her debut was in 1851 presented for the Buffalo Musical Association. From 1851 to 1853 she toured as managed by Colonel J. H. Wood. In 1853, she debuted at Metropolitan Hall in New York City, which held an audience of thousand, white patrons only. In April 1853, she went under the patronage of the Duchess of Sutherland and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Greenfield was taught by George Smart. She gave a command performance at Buckingham Palace on May 10, 1854; she was the first black performer to perform before royalty. Sweet Home!" and Stephen Foster's "Old Folks at Home".Elizabeth Greenfield – Elizabeth Greenfield
24. Michael Grimm (musician) – Michael Joseph Grimm is an American singer/songwriter and winner of the fifth season of America's Got Talent. Grimm was born on the Fort Carson base, moved to Slidell, Louisiana, but later raised in Waveland, Mississippi. He currently resides in Henderson, Nevada. He was raised in Mississippi. During the AGT finals, he revealed that Lucie, was the inspiration for his performance of "When a Man Loves a Woman". "She's been there for me," Grimm told DeGeneres during the show, which aired the following day. "Once you find that good woman you hang on to her." Grimm got on one knee to propose. Her answer was a swift "Yes". Grimm auditioned in Los Angeles for the fifth season of America's Got Talent aired on June 2010. His audition received praise from all three judges, advancing him to Vegas Week. He still advanced to the quarterfinals. His quarterfinal performance, "Tired of Being Alone," advanced to the semifinals. Earlier in the show, Sharon Osbourne commented that her husband Ozzy Osbourne was rooting for Grimm. Grimm performed "You Can Leave Your Hat On" while recovering from a dehydration related illness.Michael Grimm (musician) – Michael Grimm performing in Los Angeles
25. Ted Hawkins – Ted Hawkins was an American singer-songwriter. He was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, United States. Along the way, he picked up a love of a talent for the guitar. "I was sent to a school for bad boys called Oakley Training School in 1949", he wrote in a brief piece of autobiography. "There I developed my voice by singing with a group that the superintendent's wife had got together". After school, he ended up in the state penitentiary and was released at 19. "Then I heard a singer whose name was Sam Cooke. His voice did something to me." For the next ten years or so he drifted in and out around the country living in Chicago, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Newark. In the middle of the mid-1960s folk boom Hawkins set out for California to try for a professional singing career. Hawkins claimed the rasp in his voice came from the damage done by years of singing in the spray of the boardwalk. A series of record promoters would "discover" Hawkins over the years, only to be thwarted by circumstance and Hawkins' unconventional approach to life. The first of these was musicologist and producer Bruce Bromberg who approached Hawkins about a recording contract in the early 1970s. This album was a commercial failure but received rave reviews. This album was again ignored in the U.S.; however it won acclaim and sales in Europe.Ted Hawkins – Ted Hawkins in a promotional photograph for his album The Next Hundred Years
26. Michael Henderson – In addition to Davis, he has recorded with Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, the Dramatics, Doctor John, among many others. He is considered to be one of the greatest bass guitarists based in his primary influence, James Jamerson. Although known primarily for ballads, he was an influential player whose riffs and songs have been widely covered. His solo recordings have sold well over million albums. A track titled "Wide Receiver" on an album of the same name is highly favored by breakdancers. The album, along with others, was reissued in 2015. He is also known for his ballad vocalizing including "You Are My Starship" and "Valentine Love", performed with Jean Carn. Many of his bass riffs have been imitated by players seeking the deep grooves of the Motown sound. His bass riffs, from such hits as "Valentine Love" and "You Are My Starship", have been sampled by the likes of Snoop Dogg and L.L. He currently plays shows intermittently, performing his solo material as well as that of other Motown and soul musicians. He has also played reunion concerts with former members of the Davis electric bands.Michael Henderson – Henderson singing at Sunset Junction Festival, Los Angeles, CA.,
27. Aretha Henry – Aretha Lafayette Henry is an American singer-songwriter born in Jackson, Mississippi. Henry released Beautiful, on June 26, 2010. The album was followed, by a compilation album titled The Best of Aretha Henry-Jones. It includes In My Own World along with fan favorites from her debut album. On August 2012, she released her sophomore album Enchanted. Using various resources including SoundCloud, she has built a strong online presence. Aretha Henry is most known for her singles Magic and Captive which have become very popular without the push of a major label. In October 2012, Captive peaked on the Top 40 Urban/Hip-hop/Latin Chart. She re-released Beautiful, on April 15, 2013. In May 2013, the album appeared on Amazon's List of Hot New Releases. Stars from the Beautiful album has appeared on both Top 50 Indie Urban/Hip-hop/Latin charts numerous times since its re-release. On April 2014, she released the first single from her third studio album Superhuman titled Masterpiece. Superhuman, was released on September 18, 2014. On November 2014, Party from the Superhuman album debuted at # 48 on the Top 50 Crossover Chart. Aretha Henry announced the start of Oz Avenue Entertainment in June 2015.Aretha Henry – Aretha Henry
28. Randy Houser – Shawn Randolph "Randy" Houser is an American country music singer and songwriter. Signed to Universal South Records in 2008, he charted the single "Goes". In 2012, he moved to Broken Bow Records imprint Stoney Creek. He reached Number One with "How Country Feels", the title track with "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" in 2013. It was born in Lake, Mississippi. A professional musician as well, performed at various local venues. By 2002, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to begin a songwriting career. One of his first hits as a songwriter was "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk", which he co-wrote with Dallas Davidson. Houser was a Top 5 single. After that success, it started playing at local gigs in Nashville. He did not release anything. Randy Houser married Australian born Tatiana Starzynski, after a year long engagement. Starzynski is the sister-in-law of singer-songwriter Dallas Davidson who introduced the pair. It previously married Jessica Lee Yantz in 2011. She gave birth in 2012.Randy Houser – Houser at Walmart Soundcheck in 2013
29. Thelma Houston – Thelma Houston is an American singer and actress. She was born in Leland, Mississippi. Houston is the daughter of a cotton mother. Her three sisters grew up primarily in Long Beach, California. After having two children, Houston joined the Art Reynolds Singers gospel group and was subsequently signed as a recording artist with Dunhill Records. Houston is not related to Whitney Houston. In 1969, she released her album, entitled Sunshower, produced, arranged and composed by Jimmy Webb except for one track. In 1971 Houston signed with Motown Records but her early recordings with them were largely unsuccessful. However Houston's vocal prowess on that track secured a nomination for a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. In April 1974 she joined the cast of The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, playing various characters during the show's skits. For the next several years her work was limited to demo recordings and performing at small venues. She received her first role in the 1975 made-for-television film Death Scream. In 1976 Houston sang backing vocals on his album My Name Is Jermaine. She released Any Way You Like It in 1976. The single released was her version of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' 1975 song "Don't Leave Me This Way".Thelma Houston – Thelma Houston
30. Cary Hudson – Cary Hudson is an American lead singer, guitarist and main songwriter of the alternative country/Southern rock band Blue Mountain. Cary was born in the town of Sumrall, Mississippi, located approximately 15 miles from Hattiesburg. Prior to Blue Mountain, Blue Mountain formed out of The Hilltops. Blue Mountain featured numerous drummers, bassist/wife of Hudson, Laurie Stirratt. The Phoenix was released in 2002. Cool Breeze released in 2004, finds Hudson once again using his guitar to show his talent. This album, however, has a more rustic feel to it. Those who are familiar with the area that Hudson grew up will know many of the places that he mentions in the songs. Cool Breeze is a very diverse album, with there being no way that you can pin any one sound to it. The appropriately titled Bittersweet Blues, allows Hudson to strip away the electric guitar and record an exclusively acoustic album. Every song displays Hudson's amazing song writing talent and pure bluesy voice. From the opening "Snow in Mississippi", the album is a mature, addictive, rush of pure Mississippi music that captures your soul. Hudson is, throughout his entire career on this album. The XM Radio hit, "Berlin Blues", is the track No. 9 on the record. In 2007, he put his solo career on hold.Cary Hudson – Cary Hudson & Blue Mountain playing at The Bottleneck in Lawrence, Kansas, April 18, 2008.
31. Jimi Jamison – Jimmy Wayne "Jimi" Jamison was an American musician, singer, songwriter. Jamison had previously been the frontman of the platinum-selling rock Survivor between 1984 -- 89, 2000 -- 06 and from 2011 until his death. He is also known for performing "I'm Always Here", the theme song for the TV series Baywatch. In his teens, Jamison taught himself to play the piano while honing his vocal abilities. By middle school, Jamison was playing in a band called The Debuts, who recorded what became a local song on the Scudder label. Jamison also was part of the D-Beaver, who released one album. By late 1970, he was fronting Target. In 1982, he teamed up in their new band, eventually named Cobra. The group issued the Tom Allom-produced First Strike, in 1983. It was also during this time that Jamison began providing background vocals for bands such as ZZ Top. He appeared to provide an instant spark for Survivor. His second album with the band, When Seconds Count was released in October 1986 and included the hit "Is This Love". On the Billboard Album Chart the album only reached number 49 but reached certified Gold status. One notable Jamison had to make when performing with Survivor was, not performing hits by other artists. "Sometimes we'll start to do an encore and somebody will say,'Let's do a Led Zeppelin song!'" he told Nine-O-One Network Magazine in 1987.Jimi Jamison – Jamison performing live with Frankie Sullivan at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2013
32. Gene Kelton – Gene Kelton was an American guitarist, harmonica player and singer-songwriter, based in Houston, Texas. He played Americana, Southern rock and rockabilly music. Born Sidney Eugene Kelton, in Booneville, Mississippi, United States, his mother sang music on the radio. She divorced his ne'er-do-well father when he was six. Afterward they lived with a cotton plantation sharecropper. On weekends he listened in a dirt-floored juke joint. Following a serious accident, he played with several cover bands until "giving up" music after his first marriage. While publishing Texas Blues magazine in the early 1990s, he lost everything but the rights in his second divorce. Finally, a demo tape played on KPFT helped Kelton raise enough money to release his first album. Another musician saying, "Gene you play a really mean guitar," led to the title of the group's second album. In 1992 he named The Die Hards, under which name they have been playing ever since. At the time of his death Kelton was playing with drummer Ted McCumber and guitarist Ed Starkey. In December 1999, he released his first CD, Most Requested. The album was quickly picked up by several Houston Radio stations, occupying the No. 1 request on some of these stations. In 2003, he released CD Mean Guitar.Gene Kelton – Gene Kelton
33. Little Freddie King – Little Freddie King is an American Delta blues guitarist. His approach to country blues is original. A cousin of Lightnin' Hopkins, learned to play the guitar from his father. At the age of 14, he moved to New Orleans. He performed with his friends Babe Stovall, Slim Harpo, Champion Jack Dupree, playing both acoustic and electric guitar. He recorded the first electric blues album with Harmonica Williams in 1969. In 1976, King undertook a European tour with John Lee Hooker. His next opportunity came in 1996, twenty-seven years after his first, with the release of Swamp Boogie. King's Sing Sang Sung was recorded live at the Palace in Faubourg Marigny. King has played at the festival for 42 years. He is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He was selected three times as Blues Performer of the Year in New Orleans. He was honored with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker in McComb, Mississippi. Chasing tha Blues, won Best Blues Album at the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards. Messin' Around tha Living Room, was released in 2015.Little Freddie King – Freddie King at French Quarter Festival in 2012
34. Skylar Laine – Skylar Laine is an American singer from Brandon, Mississippi. She placed fifth on the eleventh season of American Idol. Laine graduated from a year early. Her musical influences are Miranda Lambert, George Jones. Laine also worked in Mississippi. She has also moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Laine auditioned in Houston, Texas. In the semi-finals she performed "Stay with Me" by Faces. She advanced to the top 13. She is the second finalist from the other being Jasmine Murray from American Idol season 8. After the competition, she plans to move to Nashville, Tennessee. ^ Note 1 When Ryan Seacrest announced the results for this particular night, Laine was declared safe first. ^Note 2 Due to the judges using their one save on Jessica Sanchez, the Top 7 remained intact for another week. She took part in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2012, which ran till September 21, 2012.Skylar Laine – Skylar Laine performing at the Riverfront Park in North Charleston
35. Major Lance – Major Lance was an American R&B singer. Although he stopped making records in 1982, Major Lance continued to perform until his death in 1994. There has been some dispute over Major Lance's year; some sources claim he was born in 1941 or in 1942. However, 1939 appears to be the correct year of birth. In the 1940 U.S. Census, there is a "Mager" Lance listed as the one-year-old son of Lucendy Lance, a widow. Lance's gravestone also states he was born in 1939. ` Major' was his given forename, not a nickname or name. This was the same school Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler attended. Mayfield called a great basketball player, probably how we met. Lance was pretty good at picking them, too." He was also a player. Lance and Otis both did boxing, also singing as members of the Five Gospel Harmonaires. Both of them also worked together at a store. Otis Leavill formed a group named the Floats in the mid-1950s but broke up before recording any material. Presenter Jim Lounsbury gave him a one-off record deal with Mercury Records.Major Lance – Lance in 1965
36. Chris LeDoux – Chris LeDoux was an American country music singer-songwriter, bronze sculptor, rodeo champion. During his career LeDoux recorded 36 albums which have sold more than million units in the United States as of January 2007. He was nominated for a Grammy Award and the Academy of Country Music Music Pioneer Award. LeDoux was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. He was of French descent on his father's side. His father was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base at the time of his birth. The family moved often when he was a child, due to his father's Air Force career. He learned to ride horses while visiting his grandparents on their Michigan farm. At age 13, LeDoux participated in his first rodeo, riding in Denison, Texas, long was winning junior rodeo competitions. LeDoux played football through his high school years, with rodeos keeping most of his attention. When his family moved to Cheyenne, he attended Cheyenne Central High School. After twice winning the Wyoming State Rodeo Championship bareback title during high school, LeDoux earned a rodeo scholarship to Casper College in Casper. During his junior year at Eastern New Mexico University, LeDoux won the Intercollegiate National bareback riding Championship. They had five children: Clay, Ned, Will, Cindy and Beau. In 1970, LeDoux became a professional cowboy, competing on the national rodeo circuit.Chris LeDoux – Chris LeDoux in May 1999
37. Trent Lott – Chester Trent Lott, Sr. is an American politician. A former United States Senator from Mississippi, Lott served in both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. Lott entered Congress as one of the first of a wave of Republicans winning seats in Southern states, solidly Democratic. Lott became Senate Majority Leader, then fell after praising Strom Thurmond's 1948 segregationist Dixiecrat presidential bid. From 1968 to 1972, he was an administrative assistant to Representative William M. Colmer of Mississippi, also the chairman of the House Rules Committee. Upon Colmer's retirement, he won Colmer's former seat in the House of Representatives. In 1988, Lott ran successfully for the U.S. Senate to replace another retiree, John C. Stennis. After significant controversy following comments regarding Strom Thurmond's presidential candidacy, he resigned as Senate Minority Leader. Fellow Republican Roger Wicker won the 2008 special election to replace him. He became a lobbyist, co-founding the Breaux -- Lott Leadership Group. The firm was later acquired by law and firm Patton Boggs. He serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where he focuses on issues related to energy, national security, congressional reforms. He is also a co-chair of BPC's Energy Project. The former Iona Watson, was a schoolteacher.Trent Lott – Trent Lott
38. Charlie Mars – Charlie Mars is a vocalist, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Mississippi. Mars has performed by Southwest. Mars was featured in Esquire Magazine's Songwriting Challenge which he says was his brainchild. Mars grew up in Oxford and Jackson, Mississippi. Mars' parents are David and Sylvia. Mars has two brothers, Chad. Mars was transformed at age 15 or 16 when he heard "Thriller" and "Slippery When Wet". The first Violent Femmes record also figured significantly as a musician. He bought everything that had a similar sound. Mars' family moved to Jackson, Mississippi when he was a senior in high school. He graduated from Jackson Preparatory School in 1992. He was lead guitarist in a band called Adley Madidafus in high school. Mars attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Mars started playing for Jack Ingram in 1992. Mars has a floating, mellow croon combined with soul-rock arrangements.Charlie Mars – Charlie Mars performing at The Saint in Asbury Park, New Jersey on August 25, 2012.
39. Mac McAnally – Lyman Corbitt "Mac" McAnally, Jr. is an American country music singer-songwriter, session musician and record producer. In his career, he has recorded eight singles. Two of his singles were hits on the Billboard Hot 100, six more on the Hot Country Songs charts. His ninth entry came in late 2008-early 2009 as a guest vocalist on Kenny Chesney's Number One cover of his 1990 single "Down the Road". McAnally was born July 1957 in Red Bay, Alabama. From there, he went on to become a musician in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. During a break, McAnally began to perform original material. By 1977 he was signed to Ariola Records. His self-titled album produced the single "It's a Crazy World" which reached No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100. A second album, No Problem Here, was issued a year later, followed in 1980 on RCA Records. These latter two albums produced no singles. However, he found success as a songwriter for Jimmy Buffett, in addition to co-writing Alabama's Number One hit "Old Flame". McAnally continued to record even while writing for Buffett. Mac eventually signed with two albums being issued in 1983 and 1988, respectively. Walt Aldridge co-wrote Ricky Van Shelton's 1987 single "Crime of Passion".Mac McAnally – Jimmy Buffett (right) introduces Mac McAnally during the Summerzcool Tour in June 2009.
40. O. B. McClinton – Obie Burnett "O. B." McClinton was a Black country music singer and songwriter. The second-youngest child born to a clergyman and farmer who owned his own 700-acre ranch near Memphis, Tennessee. Listening around the age of 9 or 10 sparked his interest in performing country music. Before beginning his country career, he tried to break into R&B. Known to refer as the "Chocolate Cowboy", McClinton successfully marketed his album called The Only One on television long before the practice was commonplace. He died after a year-long battle with abdominal cancer. † "Oboe" ± "Oboe with The Keys" ‡ "O.B. McClinton"O. B. McClinton – Country Singer
41. Brandy Norwood – Brandy Rayana Norwood, known professionally as Brandy, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. In 1993, Norwood signed with Atlantic Records. She released her self-titled debut album, certified quadruple Platinum in the US, selling six million copies worldwide. Norwood starred as the title character, which lasted six seasons and resulted in numerous other roles. Her second album, Say Never sold 16 million copies worldwide, featured two number one singles, earned Norwood her first Grammy Award. This launched her with films, endorsements, sold out concert tours, her own line of Barbie dolls. Throughout the 2000s, Norwood held a precarious position in the industry. In 2002, she starred in the reality Brandy: Special Delivery, documenting the birth of her daughter. Full Moon and Afrodisiac, were released to critical and commercial success. She served before being involved in a widely publicized car accident in 2006. After several lawsuits stemming from the accident, Norwood's fifth Human was released to commercial failure. In the 2010s, Norwood received a commercial resurgence. In 2012 she released her sixth album Two Eleven to critical praise. In April 2015, Norwood made her Broadway debut in the musical Chicago. Executive produced a new sitcom Zoe Ever After on the BET network in January 2016.Brandy Norwood – Brandy, photographed by Kat Morgan, in 2015
42. Elvis Presley – Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, as a twinless twin—his brother was stillborn. When he was 13 years old, he and his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. His music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who managed the singer for more than two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the leading figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records. In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service. In 1973, Presley was featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of prescription drug abuse severely damaged his health, he died in 1977 at the age of 42. Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. He won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before his own birth. As an only child, Presley became close to both parents and formed an especially close bond with his mother.Elvis Presley – Presley in a publicity photograph for the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock
43. Leontyne Price – Mary Violet Leontyne Price is an American soprano. After her retirement from the stage in 1985, she continued to appear until 1997. In October 2008, she was one of the recipients of the first Opera Honors given by the National Endowment for the Arts. Leontyne Price was born in Laurel, Mississippi. Her Katie was a midwife who sang in the church choir. Leontyne became the focus of intense love. Given a toy piano at the age of three, she began piano lessons with a local teacher. When she was in kindergarten, her parents traded in the family phonograph as the down payment on an upright piano. At 14, she was taken on a school trip to hear Marian Anderson sing in Jackson, an experience she later said was inspirational. Meanwhile, she often visited the home of an white family for whom Leontyne's aunt worked as a laundress. Mrs. Chisholm encouraged the girl's early piano playing. During World War II, Price worked as a part-time maid in the Chisholms' household where she was allowed to play the piano. Mrs. Chisholm accompanied her during her college years. Aiming for a career, Price enrolled at the all-black Wilberforce College in Wilberforce, Ohio. Her success in the glee club led to solo assignments, she was encouraged to complete her studies in voice.Leontyne Price – Leontyne Price, 1994
44. LeAnn Rimes – Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, known professionally as LeAnn Rimes, is an American singer. The album's eponymous leadoff single, "Blue", became a Top 10 hit and Rimes gained national acclaim for her similarity to Patsy Cline's vocal style. She has won many awards, including two Grammys, one American Music award. She has sold over 37 million records worldwide, with 20.3 million album sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard ranked her 17th artist of the 1990–2000 decade. Rimes has also written four books: two novels and two children's books. Margaret LeAnn Rimes was born in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the only child of Wilbur Rimes and Belinda Butler. The family moved to Garland, Texas when she was six. She was enrolled in vocal and dance classes, was performing at local talent shows at the age of 5. Rimes appeared a number of times on Johnnie High's Country Music Revue in Arlington, Texas, which gained the attention of national talent scouts. By age nine, Rimes was an experienced singer. Wilbur Rimes began recording his daughter under the independent label Nor Va Jak when she turned eleven. She released three albums between 1991 and 1996. She was discovered by Dallas promoter Bill Mack.LeAnn Rimes – LeAnn Rimes performing a free concert for the airmen at Ramstein Air Base, Germany on September 23, 2004.
45. Jimmy Ruffin – Jimmy Lee Ruffin was an American soul singer, elder brother of David Ruffin of the Temptations. He had several hit records between the 1980s, the most successful being the Top 10 hits "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold On". Jimmy Ruffin was born in 1936 to Eli, a sharecropper, Ophelia Ruffin. He was approaching his fifth birthday when David was born. As children, the brothers began singing with the Dixie Nightingales. After leaving the Army in 1964, he returned to Motown, where he was offered the opportunity to join the Temptations to replace Elbridge Bryant. However, after hearing his brother David, they hired him for the job instead so Jimmy decided to resume his career. Ruffin with little success. In 1966, he persuaded the writers that he should record it himself. His recording of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" became a major success. The song reached # 7 on # 6 on the R&B Chart. It also initially reached # 10 in the UK chart, rising to # 4 when it was reissued in the UK in 1974. "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" remains Ruffin's best-known song. It was the lead single from his album Jimmy Ruffin Sings Top Ten, released on the Motown's Soul subsidiary label in 1967. Ruff'n' Ready, was released in 1969.Jimmy Ruffin – Ruffin in 1964
46. Otis Rush – Otis Rush is a blues guitarist and singer. His distinctive style features a slow-burning sound and long bent notes. Rush, unlike many other left-handed guitarists, plays a left-handed instrument strung upside-down, with the low E string at the bottom. He has played often under the low E for positioning. It is widely believed that this contributes to his distinctive sound. He has a powerful tenor voice. The son of Julia Campbell Boyd and O. C. Rush, he was born near Philadelphia, Mississippi in 1935. From 1956 to 1958, he released eight singles, some featuring Ike Turner or Jody Williams on guitar. His first single, "I Can't Quit You Baby", in 1956 reached No. 6 on the Billboard R&B chart. During his tenure with Cobra, he recorded some such as "Double Trouble" and "All Your Love." Rush signed a recording contract with Chess in 1960. He recorded eight tracks for the label, four of which were released on that year. Six tracks, including the two singles, were later included in 1969, a compilation also featuring Chess recordings by Albert King. Only one single, "Homework" backed with "I Have to Laugh", was issued by the label.Otis Rush – Rush at the Notodden Blues Festival, Norway, 1997
47. Marie Selika Williams – Marie Selika Williams was an American coloratura soprano. She was the first Black artist to perform in the White House. Marie Smith was born in Natchez, Mississippi, around 1849. After she was born her family moved to Cincinnati where a wealthy family funded voice lessons for her. She moved to San Francisco in the 1870s and studied with Signora G. Bianchi. She then studied with Antonio Farini in Chicago who taught the Italian method. There she met a fellow student, operatic baritone Sampson Williams, whom she would later marry. Williams became the first Black artist to perform in the White House in 1878. On November 18, she sang for President Rutherford B. Hayes and First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes in the Green Room and was introduced by Frederick Douglass. She performed at Philadelphia's Academy of Music in 1878 and at New York's Steinway Hall in 1879. From 1882 to 1885 she performed across Europe with her husband, giving a concert in St James's Hall for Queen Victoria in 1883. Williams probably took her name in Giacomo Meyerbeer's L'Africaine. Due to her rendition of E. W. Mulder's "Polka Staccato", she was often called the "Queen of Staccato". From 1885 to 1891, Williams toured the United States with her husband, who took the stage name "Signor Velosko". They toured Europe a second time and performed at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition before settling in Cleveland, Ohio.Marie Selika Williams – Madame Selika as photographed by Maud Cuney-Hare.
48. Jarekus Singleton – Jarekus Singleton is an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Refuse To Lose was his first nationally and internationally distributed album. It was released on May 6, 2014. England's Blues & Rhythm called Singleton "a new blues talent... young, original, soulful and intense... superb, blistering guitar." The Washington Post said, "Jarekus Singleton is an exciting young blues guitarist with melody, hooks, swagger and a strong, original voice. His lyrics are modern, personal, deeply mature." USA Today said of Singleton, "potent, original songs herald the emergence of a major new talent." Singleton played bass guitar at his grandfather's church. He was tutored by his uncle. Other family members also sang gospel music. Singleton began to concentrate on his playing and his singing. He first has named B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan among his biggest inspirations. He also listened to country artists including Brad Paisley. Also during this period, Singleton developed his basketball skills, later becoming a top-seeded player for University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University. He began concentrating on music full-time.Jarekus Singleton – At the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee
49. Warren Smith (singer) – Warren Smith was an American rockabilly and country music singer and guitarist. Smith was born to Iola and Willie Warren Smith, who divorced when he was young. He was raised in Louise, Mississippi, where they had a small farm and dry goods store. Smith took up the guitar to while away his evenings while in the United States Air Force stationed in Texas. By the time of his discharge from the service, he had decided to make a career of music. He moved to West Memphis, auditioned, successfully, to play the Cotton Club, a local hot spot. Phillips liked what he decided that "Rock & Roll Ruby", a song credited to Johnny Cash, would be Smith's first record. Smith recorded it on February 1956. By May 26, "Rock & Roll Ruby" had hit No. 1 on the local pop charts. Smith's first record for Sun went on to outsell the first Sun releases by Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins. In August 1956, Smith went back to the Sun Records studio to record his second release, "Ubangi Stomp". This infectious rocker had an incorrect lyric including an African chief with the syntax of a movie Indian. For the B side, Smith recorded the classic ballad "Black Jack David". Although a artistic success, it did not sell as well as Smith's debut. In spite of a review in Billboard calling it "commercial", this record also failed to sell.Warren Smith (singer) – Smith at the Big D Jamboree
50. Willie Mae Ford Smith – Willie Mae Ford, also known as Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith, was an American gospel singer. Born in Mississippi on June 23, 1904, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee as a child. She moved at the age of 12. Raised in the Baptist church, she began singing in a family group known as "The Ford Sisters". Willie Mae in particular, achieved wider fame after an appearance at the 1922 National Baptist Convention. She married James Peter Smith in 1927 and, shortly after that, began traveling in musical revivals. Smith became the principal singing teacher as head of its Soloists' Bureau in 1936. Among her students were Brother Joe May, who gave her the affectionate name "Mother". She imbued her singing and sermonettes with an evangelical fervor. She was noted for her finesse, subtlety, but could also, like her protégé Brother Joe May, belt out hymns. She developed a fine sensitivity from others who did not appreciate her firm sincerity or thought she could be cheated. She had two biological children, an adopted daughter, also her accompanist, Bertha. Smith died of congestive heart failure on February 2, 1994, in St. Louis, aged 89. In 1990 Smith was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Boyer, Horace Clarence,How Sweet the Sound: The Golden Age of Gospel Elliott and Clark, 1995, ISBN 0-252-06877-7.Willie Mae Ford Smith – Willie Mae Ford Smith
51. Britney Spears – Britney Jean Spears is an American singer, dancer and actress. Spears's first and second studio albums...Baby One More Time and Oops!... I Did It Again, became international successes, with the former becoming the best-selling album by a teenage solo artist. Title tracks "...Baby One More Time" and "Oops!... I Did It Again" broke international sales records. In 2001, Spears released her self-titled third studio album, Britney, played the starring role in the film Crossroads. She assumed creative control of her fourth studio album, In the Zone, which yielded the worldwide success of the single "Toxic". In 2007, Spears's much-publicized personal issues sent her career into hiatus. Her fifth studio album, Blackout, was released later that year, spawned singles such as "Gimme More" and "Piece of Me". Her erratic behavior and hospitalizations continued through the following year, at which point she was placed under a still ongoing conservatorship. Spears's sixth studio album, Circus, included the international chart-topping single "Womanizer". Her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale, became her first to yield three top-ten singles in the United States. She released her eighth studio album Britney Jean in 2013. Later that year, Spears began the four-year residency show, Britney: Piece of Me, at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. In 2016, Spears released her ninth studio album, Glory.Britney Spears – Spears at the 102.7 KIIS FM Wango Tango concert in Carson, California, May 2013
52. Jamie Lynn Spears – Jamie Lynn Spears is an American actress, singer and songwriter. In 2013, Spears launched a career in country music. She released her debut single, "How Could I Want More", along with her debut EP, The Journey. Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi to James and Lynne Spears. She has two siblings, Bryan and Britney Spears. Spears attended Parklane Academy, where she was a guard of the team. She finished her education via online correspondence and received her GED in February 2008 through Tangipahoa Parish School System Adult Education Center. In February 2002, Spears made her acting debut in the Paramount Pictures drama film Crossroads which starred her sister, who portrayed the central character Lucy Wagner. Spears made a cameo, playing the younger version of Britney's character. Following Crossroads, Nickelodeon cast Spears as a regular performer in the eighth season of the sketch comedy series All That. The season followed a two-year hiatus of the series. Spears portrayed various roles through the two seasons she appeared in as well as herself. Spears's performance received positive reviews from critics with many complimenting her comedic timing and being a highlight of the show. Spears did not return for the series' tenth and final season to pursue other roles on the network. The series went on to be titled Zoey 101.Jamie Lynn Spears – Spears at the premiere of Nancy Drew, June 2007
53. Ric Steel – Ric Steel is a Nashville, Tennessee-based vocalist, instrumentalist, cruise ship entertainer. Born to traveling musicians, Ric hails from Jackson, Mississippi. At age 10, he began singing professionally as the lead in an operatic performance by Gian Carlo Menotti called "the Night Visitors." When Ric was 15 years old, he wrote 10 songs, toured Europe performing as a singer. At 19 years old, Ric began his foray by playing bass with Johnny Cash and writing for The Oak Ridge Boys publishing company Silverline. As a featured singer, Ric has toured all of the states in the USA well as almost all foreign countries. He makes his way around the world as a headline entertainer vocalist / guitarist for the Cruise Lines. Ric has played with Johnny Cash, Marie Osmond, Tim McGraw. Ric sang the lead for Marriott properties USA. As a lead performer, he has over 5000 shows to his credit. He recorded over 30 major projects. As a singer Ric has recorded including Ford Motor Company, the State of Florida, PGA, Chevrolet, NASCAR. In the late 80's Ric was awarded the title "Jacksonville's Music Ambassador". He was featured as a vocalist, producer for the "I Believe In Jacksonville" album. This was done with WQIK radio of the same city.Ric Steel – Ric Steel
54. Barrett Strong – Barrett Strong is an American singer and songwriter. Among his most famous work at Motown, Strong wrote the lyrics for many of the songs recorded by the Temptations. He was born in Mississippi. It was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. Strong claims that he co-wrote "Money" with Gordy and Janie Bradford; his name appears on the song's original registration with the United States Copyright Office. Gordy disputed these claims, stating that Strong's name was only included because of a clerical error. In the mid 1960s, Strong became a Motown lyricist, teaming with producer Norman Whitfield. Strong received a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1973 for "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone". After Motown moved its operations base to Los Angeles, California, Strong left the label and resumed his singing career. He signed in 1972. Strong left the label for Capitol Records, where he recorded two albums in the 1970s. He was inducted in 2004. Strong has composed in collaboration with rocker/songwriter Eliza Neals in 2008, in digital format only.Barrett Strong – Barrett Strong
55. Marty Stuart – John Marty Stuart is an American country music singer-songwriter, known for both his traditional style, eclectic merging of rockabilly, honky tonk, traditional country music. In the early 1990s, he had a successful string of country hits. Born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, Stuart is of French, Scottish, English, Choctaw, Colombian descent. From an early age, he taught himself how to play the mandolin. At the age of 12, Stuart started performing with the bluegrass group The Sullivan Family. He later met Lester Flatt bandmember Roland White. White invited Stuart to play with him and the Nashville Grass at the Labor Day gig in Delaware in 1972. After this, White asked him to join the band permanently and Stuart accepted. This made White responsible for the rest of Stuart's education. Fourteen-year-old Stuart appeared with the band on the final episode of the fifth season of Hee Haw. Marty stayed with Lester Flatt until Flatt broke up the band in 1978 due to his failing health. In 1979, Flatt died. Stuart pushed forward and worked with fiddler Vassar Clements. He also worked with guitarist Doc Watson. In 1980, he joined Johnny Cash's backing band.Marty Stuart – Marty Stuart, January 1993
56. Hayden ThompsonHayden Thompson – Hayden Thompson
57. Paul Thorn – Paul Wayne Thorn is an Southern rock, country, Americana, Blues singer-songwriter whose style is a mix of blues, Country, rock music. Thorn was raised in Tupelo, Mississippi after a family move when he was an infant. Before his professional music career began he was a professional boxer. He asked Thorn if he had his permission to share his name with other record companies in Nashville. A couple weeks later, Thorn mentioned that several record companies were coming to Tupelo to hear him perform. Thorn asked if he could play at Vanelli's which vOz agreed to. After hearing Thorn perform, within thirty days, Thorn opened for Sting. Thorn was subsequently recorded his first album, Hammer & Nail, in 1997. He followed Hammer & Nail with thirteen more albums, all self-released and self-produced with his writing and production partner, Billy Maddox. Thorn's 2010 album Preachers debuted at No. 83 on the Billboard 200 chart, his highest chart position to date. His 2012 album What the Hell Is Going On was the 12th Most Played Album of 2012 on the Americana Music Association Year-End Chart. In 2014, Thorn released Too Blessed to Be Stressed, which he described as a collection of "positive anthem songs." "There's no higher goal I could set for myself than to help other people find some gratitude in their lives." Official website BoxRec – Paul Thorn's boxing recordPaul Thorn – Thorn at The Grand in Wilmington, Delaware, 2008
58. Bukka White – Booker T. Washington "Bukka" White was an African-American Delta blues guitarist and singer. "Bukka" is a phonetic spelling of White's first name, placed on the labels of his early recordings. White preferred the proper spelling of "Booker," as he was named after the well-known African-American educator and civil rights activist Booker T. Washington. He was born south of Houston, Mississippi. White was a first cousin of B.B. King's mother. White is remembered as a player of National resonator guitars. White also played less adeptly. White typically played guitar, in an open tuning. He started his career playing the fiddle at square dances. Some have doubted this recollection. Nonetheless, Patton was a strong influence on White. White first recorded in 1930. His recordings for Victor, like those of other bluesmen, included country blues and gospel music. Victor published his photograph in 1930. His gospel songs were done with a female singer accentuating the last phrase of each line.Bukka White – Bukka White
59. Hayley Williams – Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician. She is best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter of the rock band Paramore. Hayley Williams was born in Meridian, Mississippi. She has two younger sisters. As a result of her parents divorcing in 2002, Williams moved to Franklin, Tennessee. She met Zac Farro in her new school. While still at school she tried out for a local funk cover The Factory, where she met Jeremy Davis. Williams was discovered by managers Dave Steunebrink and Richard Williams, who signed the 14-year-old to a two-year production deal. At the time she was writing pop songs with songwriters in Nashville. She then formed Paramore with Josh Farro, Zac Farro, Jeremy Davis. They instead released their music by Ramen. All We Know Is Falling, was released in 2005 when Hayley was only 16 years old. Paramore has since released three more studio albums, Riot!, Brand New Eyes, the self-titled Paramore. In December 2010, two of the founding members of Paramore left the band. The news was posted by Williams with Josh later posting a controversial blog post confirming their departure.Hayley Williams – Williams performing as part of Paramore at the Rock im Park in Nuremberg, Germany, in 2013.
60. Mary Wilson (singer) – Mary Wilson is an American vocalist, best known as a founding member of the Supremes. Wilson remained with the group following the departures of other original members, Diana Ross in 1970. Following Wilson's own departure in 1977, the group disbanded. Wilson was inducted along into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. Mary Wilson was born in Greenville, Mississippi. Wilson was the eldest of three children including a brother, a sister, Katherine. Wilson reunited at the age of 9. To make ends meet, Wilson's mother worked as a domestic worker. Before reaching her teenage years, her family had settled at Detroit's upstart housing project, the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects. Mary Wilson first met Florence Ballard in Detroit. The duo became friends while singing in the school's talent show. In 1959, Ballard asked Wilson to audition for Milton Jenkins, forming a sister group to the Primes. Wilson was soon accepted in the group known with Diana Ross and Betty McGlown. Wilson graduated in January 1962. Despite her mother's insistence she go to college, Wilson instead focused on her career.Mary Wilson (singer) – Wilson at Moscow's Spaso House on February 2, 2011
61. Andrew Wood (singer) – Andrew Patrick Wood was an American musician best known as the lead singer for alternative rock bands Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. Wood was also known for his flamboyance. Wood formed Malfunkshun, with his brother Kevin and Regan Hagar. The band used alter ego personas onstage, with Wood using the name Landrew the Child. During his time in Malfunkshun, Wood started entering rehab in 1985. By 1988, Wood began jamming with Green River members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament. They soon formed Mother Love Bone the same year, adding guitarist Bruce Fairweather and drummer Greg Gilmore to the lineup. The band signed a deal with PolyGram, issuing a six-song EP, Shine, before going on to tour, supporting The Dogs D'Amour. Towards the end of the year, the band recorded Apple, scheduled for release in 1990. On March 1990, Wood was found in a comatose state by his girlfriend, Xana La Fuente, having overdosed on heroin. He died three days later. Wood was raised on Bainbridge Island, Washington. He was the youngest of three children; Kevin and Brian. Wood became a fan of acts such as Elton John, Queen, Kiss. At the age of 14, Wood formed Malfunkshun with his brother Kevin, recording their first demo tape in April 1980.Andrew Wood (singer) – Andrew Wood (front) with Mother Love Bone in 1989.
62. Charlie Worsham – Charlie Worsham is an American country music singer and songwriter. He is signed to Warner Bros. Records. Worsham grew up in Grenada, Mississippi. The Mississippi Senate recognized Worsham for his outstanding musical accomplishments, as well as being "a model student who makes straight A's". Worsham attended Grenada High School, then Berklee College of Music in Boston. Worsham joined the KingBilly, singing harmonies and playing mandolin until 2010. He is prominently featured on the band's only extended recording "Waiting On You". Worsham has opened for performers such as Miranda Lambert and Wade Bowen. In 2016 it was announced he would be opening some shows during the final tour of Kenny Rogers. He released his debut single, "Could It Be", for Warner Bros. Records in 2013. The song appears on his album Rubberband, released on August 20, 2013. The album features Vince Gill and Marty Stuart on one of the tracks, "Tools of the Trade". The album's single, "Want Me Too", was released in late 2013. On January 2014 he appeared in the episode Big in the Philippines of the FOX TV Series Bones as the murder victim.Charlie Worsham – Charlie Worsham
63. Zora Young – Zora Young is an American blues singer. She is distantly related to Howlin' Wolf. Young's family moved to Chicago when she was seven. She began singing music at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church. As an adult she began R&B. Over the course of her career, she has performed with Junior Wells, Jimmy Dawkins, Bobby Rush, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Professor Eddie Lusk, B. B. King. Among those she has collaborated with on record are Willie Dixon, Sunnyland Slim, Mississippi Heat, Paul DeLay, Maurice John Vaughan. In 1982, she toured Europe with Bonnie Lee and Big Time Sarah, recorded an album in Paris. She was later cast in the role of Bessie Smith in the stage show The Heart of the Blues. By 1991 she had recorded Travelin' Light, with the Canadian guitarist Colin Linden. Young has made appearances in Turkey and Taiwan. She was the featured performer at the Chicago Blues Festival six times. In 2014, she was nominated in the category'Traditional Blues Female'. Travelin' Light Learned My Lesson Tore Up from the Floor Up Sunnyland The French Connection Friday NightZora Young – Zora Young in 1982