Category:Singers from Mississippi
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1. Bryan Austin – Bryan Cuevas is an American country music artist, known professionally as Bryan Austin. Signed to Liberty Records sister label Patriot Records in 1994, he released an album, the first of these singles, Radio Active, charted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Bryan Cuevas was born September 12,1967 in Pass Christian, Cuevas was raised near Biloxi, Mississippi. In the late 1980s, he founded a band called Texas Flat, whose membership occasionally included Brett Favre, Cuevas later changed his surname to Austin. In 1994, He was the first artist signed to Patriot Records and he released his debut single, Radio Active, that year. This song peaked at No.62 on the U. S. Billboard country singles charts, and was included on his debut album. Another single, Is It Just Me, was released and made into a music video. Austin left Patriot in 1995 after the label was merged into Capitol Records and he performed on Steve Wariners 1997 instrumental album No More Mr. Nice Guy on the track The Brickyard Boogie. This track, which featured Bryan White, Jeffrey Steele and former Pearl River member Derek George, was nominated for Best Country Instrumental at the Grammy Awards of 1997. In 1999, Austin founded another band called Phoenix, whose members included Darin Anthony and Noah Gordon, the latter of whom was also signed as solo artist on Patriot in the 1990sBryan Austin – Bryan Austin
2. Moe Bandy – Marion Franklin Moe Bandy, Jr. is a country music singer. He was most popular during the 1970s, when he had hit songs. Marion Bandy was born in Meridian, Mississippi, hometown of the country singer Jimmie Rodgers and he later stated, My grandfather worked on the railroads with Jimmie Rodgers. He was the boss of the yard in Meridian and Jimmie Rodgers worked for him. He said that he played his guitar all the time between work and he was nicknamed Moe by his father when he was a child. The Bandy family moved to San Antonio, Texas when Moe was six and his mother played piano and sang. Bandy was taught to play the guitar by his father who had a band called the Mission City Playboys. His fathers wish that Moe also play the fiddle never materialized and he made some appearances with the Mission City Playboys but generally during his high school years he showed little interest in music and a great deal of interest in rodeos. He tried bronco-busting and bull riding and by the time he was 16, in 1962, tired of the bruises and fractured bones, he began to pursue a career in country music. He assembled a band that he called Moe And The Mavericks and found work playing small beer joints, honky-tonks, when he was young he tried to sound like Hank Williams and George Jones - I even had my hair cut short like his. In 1964, he had his first single, Lonely Girl, on the San Antonio based Satin label and he did manage to get his band a residency on a local television program called Country Corner and in this capacity, he provided backing for several touring stars. In 1973, he went solo when record producer Ray Baker, Moe Bandy obtained a loan and recorded a song called I Just Started Hatin Cheatin Songs Today. Initially released on Footprint Records with a pressing of 500 copies. In March 1974, it entered the US country chart, eventually peaking at number 17, other minor hits followed, including It Was Always So Easy To Find An Unhappy Woman and Dont Anyone Make Love At Home Anymore. In 1975, a written by his friend Lefty Frizzell and Whitey Shaffer gave him a number 7 country hit. Bandy The Rodeo Clown was to not only one of his own favorites. Bandy sang in a style that extracted the utmost from his songs of lost love, sadness. Although by no means a Hank Williams sound-alike, his method of putting across his honky-tonk songs showed the influence of WilliamsMoe Bandy – Bandy in 1977.
3. Lance Bass – James Lance Bass is an American pop singer, dancer, actor, film and television producer, and author. He grew up in Mississippi and rose to fame as the singer for the American pop boy band NSYNC. NSYNCs success led Bass to work in film and television and he starred in the 2001 film On the Line, which his company, Bacon & Eggs, also produced. Bass later formed a production company, Lance Bass Productions, as well as a now-defunct music management company, Free Lance Entertainment. After completion of NSYNCs PopOdyssey Tour, Bass moved to Star City, Russia, Bass was certified by both NASA and the Russian Space Program after several months of cosmonaut training, and planned to join the TMA-1 mission to the International Space Station. 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 cover story for People magazine. He was awarded the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award in October 2006, and released an autobiography, Out of Sync, in October 2007, which debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list. James Lance Bass was born in Laurel, Mississippi, to James Irvin Bass, Jr. a medical technologist, and Diane, a middle school mathematics, English, and career discovery teacher. Along with his sister, Stacy, Bass grew up in adjacent Ellisville, Mississippi. Bass has described his family as devoutly Christian and conservative and has said that his childhood was extremely happy. As a young boy, Bass developed an interest in space, of this experience Bass said, I was certain from then on that my future was to be involved with space. Shortly after, Bass attended space camp in Titusville, Florida and he was also a member of a seven-man vocal group named Seven Card Stud, which competed at state fairs and performed at several social and political events for Senator Trent Lott. At Clinton High School, Bass was elected president of his junior class and has said that he performed well in math. However, Bass later stated that his focus during high school was singing. Basss music career has consisted primarily of his singing with NSYNC, timberlakes vocal coach recommended Bass as a replacement. Bass was accepted into the group after auditioning in front of the bandmembers and Lou Pearlman, and soon left school to move to Orlando, Florida. Bass has said that he did not know how to dance before he joined NSYNC, however, the other members of the group refused to accept the contract without Bass, and the groups manager, Johnny Wright, convinced Bolz that Basss dancing would quickly improve. Bolz conceded, and the group moved to Munich, Germany to record their first album with BMGLance Bass – Lance Bass, Beverly Hills, California on March 16, 2014
4. Jimmy Burns – Jimmy Burns is an 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 and his elder brother, Eddie Guitar Burns, was a Detroit blues musician. Jimmy Burns was born in Dublin, Mississippi and raised on the Hilliard Cotton Plantation where he learned to play one-string and 12-string guitar and he was the youngest of eleven children. He sang in a choir when he still lived in the Delta. His favorite blues musician was Lightnin Hopkins, burnss father was a sharecropper who performed as a singer in medicine shows. At the age of 12, Jimmy Burns moved with his family to Chicago, recording mostly solo in the 1960s, Burns issued singles for the USA, Minit, Tip Top and Erica labels. He toured the Midwest with his group, the Fantastic Epics, and with another outfit called Jimmy Burns. Burns 1972 single, I Really Love You was named in the top 500 singles of Northern soul in 2000, Burns took a long break from the music industry after the early 1970s to raise his family and run a barbecue stand. He performed infrequently until the part of the 1990s, when he started a long residency at Chicagos Smokedaddy Club. It was there that Delmark Records boss Bob Koester first heard Burns perform, the more recently formed Jimmy Burns Band includes Anthony Palmer, E. G. Jimmy Burns played guitar on his brother Eddies 2002 album Snake Eyes, burnss wife, Dorothy, died on February 12,2010Jimmy Burns – Jimmy Burns
5. Jerry Butler – Jerry Butler, Jr. is an American soul singer and songwriter. He is also noted as being the lead singer of the famed R&B vocal group the Impressions, as well as a 1991 Rock. Butler is also an American politician and he serves as a Commissioner for Cook County, Illinois, having first been elected in 1985. As a member of this 17-member county board, he chairs the Health and Hospitals Committee, Butler was born in Sunflower, Mississippi in 1939. The mid-1950s had a impact on Butlers life. He grew up poor, having lived in Chicagos Cabrini–Green housing complex, music and the church provided solace from the poverty of the slums he lived in, and difficulties of a predominantly segregated society. He performed in a choir with Curtis Mayfield. As a teenager, Butler sang in a quartet called Northern Jubilee Gospel Singers. Mayfield, a player, became the lone instrumentalist for the six-member Roosters group. Inspired by Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, Butlers younger brother, Billy Butler, also had a career in the music industry, including playing guitar with Jerrys band, until his death in 2015. Butler co-wrote the song For Your Precious Love and wanted to record a disc, looking for recording studios, the Impressions, auditioned for Chess Records and Vee-Jay Records. The group eventually signed with Vee-Jay, where they released For Your Precious Love in 1958 and it became The Impressions first hit and gold record. Butler was dubbed the Iceman by WDAS Philadelphia disc jockey, Georgie Woods and he co-wrote, with Otis Redding, the song Ive Been Loving You Too Long in 1965. His 1969 Moody Woman release became a Northern Soul favourite and featured at number 369 in the Northern Soul Top 500, Butler released two successful albums, The Ice Man Cometh and Ice on Ice. The Ice Man Cometh garnered Butler three Grammy nominations and he collaborated on many of his successful recordings with the Philadelphia-based songwriting team, Gamble and Huff. With Motown, in 1976 and 1977, Butler produced and co-produced two albums, Suite for the Single Girl and It All Comes Out in My Song, subsequently, Butler and Wilson produced an album with Dee Dee Sharp-Gamble with Philadelphia International. In 1981 with Breaking and Entering / Easy Money, from Sharp-Gambles album Dee Dee, Butler continues to perform while serving as a Cook County Board Commissioner since the 1980s. As Cook County Commissioner, Butler voted to uphold a historic 2008 Cook County sales tax increase, as a result, the Chicago Tribune encouraged people to vote against him in the 2010 electionsJerry Butler – Butler in 1970
6. 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 in Waxhaw, Mississippi to a musical family, who moved in 1953 to Muncie, Indiana. After singing with gospel group, the Voices of Hope, he returned to Mississippi to sing with the Christian Travelers. In 1965 Clay signed with One-derful, Records in Chicago, to make secular recordings. After releasing a series of gospel-tinged soul records, his first hit came in 1967 with Thats How It Is, the record became Clays biggest pop hit, reaching #97 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, follow-ups on Cotillion, including Hard Working Woman produced by Syl Johnson, produced by Willie Mitchell in Memphis, were less successful. Clay moved to Mitchells Hi Records in 1971, and made many of his best known soul blues records for the label. His biggest hit came in late 1972 with Trying To Live My Life Without You, a hit on the Billboard Hot 100, #70 on Cash Box, and #24 R&B. Tryin To Live My Life Without You was later covered by Bob Seger, after several more Hi singles and the album I Cant Take It, Clay moved to Kayvette Records, where he had his last national hit single in 1977, All Because Of Your Love. He later recorded for the Elka and Rounder labels, as well as his own Echo Records for whom he recorded the version of The Only Way Is Up in 1980. In the 1990s he also recorded two albums for Bullseye Blues, Ill Treat You Right and the Willie Mitchell-produced This Time Around. In 2007, he recorded the gospel album Walk a Mile in My Shoes and he was a nominee for a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. As a resident of Chicagos West Side, he was involved in community-based economic and cultural initiatives. On August 11,2012 he was one of several acts that performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Summer Concerts in New York City and he was backed by the band Platinum. Clay was joined on stage for the finale by William Bell, Clay was one of the 2013 inductees to the Blues Hall of Fame. In 2015 Otis published with Billy Price the album This Time For Real, during 2015 Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls won the Blues Blast Award for Soul Album of the Year for their album Soul Brothers. Soul Brothers was also nominated for Blues Music Awards Soul Album of the Year and it was selected as the #6 Blues Album of the Year in the Downbeat Magazine Critics’ Poll, being the only soul album on the list of top 20 albums. On January 8,2016, Clay died in Chicago, Illinois, Clays funeral was held on January 16,2016 at the Liberty Baptist Church in ChicagoOtis Clay – Otis Clay (1997)
7. Sam Cooke – Samuel Cook, known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals. AllMusic biographer Bruce Eder wrote that Cooke was the inventor of music, and possessed an incredible natural singing voice. Cooke had 30 U. S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, plus three more posthumously. Major hits like You Send Me, A Change Is Gonna Come, Cupid, Chain Gang, Wonderful World, Another Saturday Night, Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took a part in the Civil Rights Movement. On December 11,1964, at the age of 33, Cooke was shot and killed by Bertha Franklin, after an inquest, the courts ruled Cookes death to be a justifiable homicide. Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been called into question by Cookes family, Cooke was born Samuel Cook in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in 1931. In 1957 he added an e at the end of his name and he was the fifth of eight children of the Rev. Charles Cook, a minister in the Church of Christ, and his wife, Annie Mae. One of his brothers, L. C. later became a member of the doo-wop band Johnny Keyes. The family moved to Chicago in 1933, Cooke attended Doolittle Elementary and 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 with his siblings in a called the Singing Children when he was six years old. He first became known as singer with the Highway QCs when he was a teenager. During this time, Cooke befriended fellow gospel singer and neighbor Lou Rawls, who sang in a rival gospel group. In 1950, Cooke replaced gospel tenor R. H. Harris as lead singer of the group the Soul Stirrers, founded by Harris. Their first recording under Cookes leadership was the song Jesus Gave Me Water in 1951 and they also recorded the gospel songs Peace in the Valley, How Far Am I from Canaan. Jesus Paid the Debt and One More River, among many others and his first pop/soul single was Lovable, a remake of the gospel song WonderfulSam Cooke – Sam Cooke
8. 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 chart, Can I Change My Mind, Turn Back The Hands Of Time, Tyrone Fettson was born in Greenville, Mississippi to Willie Branch and Ora Lee Jones. Some sources give his date of birth as May 4,1938 and he moved with his father to Saginaw, Michigan, before moving to Chicago in 1959. Working as a valet/chauffeur for blues singer Freddie King, he started singing in clubs where he was discovered by record executive/musician Harold Burrage. His early records for record labels in the city, billed as Tyrone the Wonder Boy. His first release, A Woman Needs To Be Loved was flipped when the b-side started to get radio attention, the song, Can I Change My Mind featured a change of vocal style for Davis with a softer, more pleading approach and tone. The record shot up the listings and spent three weeks on the top of the Billboard R&B chart while climbing to #5 in the Hot 100 and it sold over one million and received gold disc recognition. His biggest hit came in early 1970 when Turn Back The Hands Of Time also reached #1 in the R&B chart and went up to #3 in the Hot 100 pop chart. Written by Jack Daniels and Bonnie Thompson, this disc also sold one million copies. Davis released about 25 singles during his seven years with Dakar and he finally returned to the top spot with Turning Point in 1975. Major hits with Columbia included Give It Up, This I Swear, dubbed the king of romantic Chicago soul by MTV, Davis perceived vulnerability and class endeared him to female soul fans through the 1970s. 1982 brought a change of label to the established independent, Highrise and another major hit, Are You Serious, again produced by Leo Graham. In 1991, Davis switched to Atlanta label, Ichiban Records, in 1994, Davis went to Bellmark/Life Records for one album. He also performed on a PBS special on 1970s soul music in 2004, a stroke in September 2004 ended his career and, following complications, he died in a Chicago hospital on February 9,2005 at the age of 66. He left a widow, Ann, to whom he had married for over 40 years. His younger sister, Jean Davis, was a member of the group, the complete Tyrone Davis discography at Soul ExpressTyrone Davis – Davis in 1970.
9. 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 Side sound of Chicago blues, Dawkins was born in Tchula, Mississippi. He moved to Chicago in 1955, where he worked in a box factory, started to play in blues clubs. In 1969, thanks to the efforts of his friend Magic Sam, his first album and it won the Grand Prix du Disque from the Hot Club de France. In 1971, Delmark released his album, All for Business, with the singer Andrew Odom. Dawkins toured in the late 1970s, backed up by James Solberg on guitar and Jon Preizler, other musicians that toured with Dawkins in the late 1970s were Jimi Schutte, Sylvester Boines, Rich Kirch and Billy Flynn. Dawkins toured in Europe with this group of musicians and he also toured in Japan and recorded more albums in the United States and Europe. He contributed a column to the blues magazine Living Blues, Dawkins died of undisclosed causes on April 10,2013, aged 76Jimmy Dawkins – Jimmy Dawkins in March 1981
10. Ruby Elzy – Ruby Elzy, was a pioneer American operatic soprano. Elzy was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi and educated at Rust College, the Ohio State University and her sister Amanda Elzy was a prominent educationist after whom Amanda Elzy High School in Greenwood, Mississippi is named. Their mother Emma Elzy was a teacher and prominent member of the Methodist church, Elzy entertained at the White House, December 15,1937, for First Lady Eleanor Roosevelts luncheon for the wives of U. S. Supreme Court Justices. She appeared on Broadway in the musical John Henry, in films, on radio and she appeared with Paul Robeson in the film of The Emperor Jones, and also with Bing Crosby and Mary Martin in Birth of the Blues, though neither of these were starring roles. She sang at Harlem’s Apollo Theater and in the Hollywood Bowl, Elzy created the role of Serena in George Gershwins folk opera Porgy and Bess and performed in it more than eight hundred times. However, Elzy can be heard singing it on a CD release of the 1937 Gershwin Memorial Concert, Elzy rose above poverty and prejudice to become one of the most acclaimed singers of her generation, but her career lasted barely a decade. She died at the age of thirty-five in 1943, just as she was reaching the peak of her powers as a singer and about to achieve her greatest dream, to star in the title role of Giuseppe Verdis Aida. In 2006, Elzys biographer, David E. Weaver, produced a first-ever CD compilation of Elzy, featuring the singer in twenty rare recorded, 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 2004Ruby Elzy – Ruby Elzy in 1935. Photo by Carl Van Vechten.
11. 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 remarkably sweet tones, Greenfield was born a slave in Natchez, Mississippi, but was adopted or inherited by another woman named Elizabeth Greenfield, a Philadelphia Quaker, as an infant. The childs mother was of Indian descent and her father was black and her mistress moved to Philadelphia and emancipated her slaves, sending many of them to Liberia. The childs mother and her two parents were among those who went to Liberia, but she remained in Philadelphia and she studied music as a child although it was forbidden by the Quakers with whom she associated. At this point she began to sing at private parties and her concert 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 four thousand, white patrons only. After the concert, Greenfield apologized to her own people for their exclusion from the performance and gave a concert to benefit the Home of Aged Colored Persons, in April 1853, she went to London under the patronage of the Duchess of Sutherland and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Greenfield was taught by Queen Victorias Chapel Royal organist, George Smart and she gave a command performance for the queen at Buckingham Palace on May 10,1854, she was the first black performer to perform before royalty. Sweet Home. and Stephen Fosters Old Folks at Home, returning to the United States, she toured and conducted a Philadelphia music studio. Among her voice pupils was Thomas Bowers, who known as The Colored Mario. In the 1860s she created an opera troupe with Bowers which she directed, Greenfield died in Philadelphia of paralysis on March 31,1876. She was a member of the Philadelphia Shiloh Baptist Church, love and Theft, Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class. New York, Oxford University Press,1993, the Music of Black Americans, A History. W. W. Norton & Company, 3rd edition, ISBN 0-393-97141-43 Hine, Darlene Clark. Black Women in America, an historical Encyclopedia, the Black Swan at Home and Abroad, A Biographical Sketch of Miss Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, The American Vocalist. @ Gutenberg. org Elizabeth Greenfield at Find a GraveElizabeth Greenfield – Elizabeth Greenfield
12. Michael Grimm (musician) – Michael Joseph Grimm is an American singer/songwriter and winner of the fifth season of Americas Got Talent. Grimm was born in Colorado on the Fort Carson base, moved to Slidell, Louisiana and he currently resides in Henderson, Nevada. He was raised by his grandparents in Mississippi, Grimm, a Mississippi Southern Soul singer who won the $1 million AGT first prize in its 5th season, is using some of his winnings to build his grandparents a new house. During the AGT finals, he revealed that his girlfriend, Lucie, was the inspiration for his performance of When a Man Loves a Woman, shes 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, while interviewing him, DeGeneres called Lucie down from the audience, and Grimm got on one knee to propose. Her answer was a swift Yes, Grimm auditioned in Los Angeles for the fifth season of Americas Got Talent aired on June 1,2010. His audition received praise from all three judges, advancing him to Vegas Week, during Vegas week, his performance of Try a Little Tenderness was criticized by Piers Morgan for being way over 90 seconds and could have gotten him disqualified. He still advanced to the quarterfinals and his quarterfinal performance, Tired of Being Alone, was once again praised, and 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 during semifinals while recovering from a dehydration related illness. Despite the illness, he managed to deliver a performance that was again praised by the judges. After performing Lets Stay Together in the Top 10 without his guitar, in the finale on September 14,2010, he performed When a Man Loves a Woman pointing to his girlfriend, Lucie, in the audience. The following day, it was revealed that Grimm won the show, grimms winnings included one million dollars and the opportunity to headline the AGT Tour Show, including one show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on October 8,2010. In September 2010, Grimm appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the AGT Tour Show stopped in 25 cities, beginning October 1 and ending November 7,2010, where Grimm performed with other top ten contestants of the fifth season of AGT. On June 1,2011, Grimm married his fiancée, Lucie Zolcerova, in a private ceremony in Maui. The ceremony was held on the beach at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort in front of about 30 family members, bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers was in attendance. Grimm performed at Las Vegas, Nevada casinos for eleven years prior to his AGT success, on September 29,2010, Michael signed a record deal with Epic Records. The album was released on May 17,2011, Grimm performed at the 2010 Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. On December 3,2010, Grimm and Smokey Robinson raised over $1 million during the 37th Annual Candlelight ConcertMichael Grimm (musician) – Michael Grimm performing in Los Angeles
13. 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 music and a talent for the guitar. I was sent to a school for bad boys called Oakley Training School in 1949, there I developed my voice by singing with a group that the superintendents wife had got together. After reform school, he ended up in the penitentiary and was released at 19. Then I heard a singer whose name was Sam Cooke and his voice did something to me. For the next ten years or so he drifted in and out of trouble around the country, living in Chicago, Buffalo, Philadelphia, in the middle of the mid-1960s folk music boom Hawkins set out for California to try for a professional singing career. He recorded several tunes without commercial success, worked at odd jobs, Hawkins claimed the rasp in his voice came from the damage done by years of singing in the sand and spray of the boardwalk. A series of producers and promoters would discover Hawkins over the years, only to be thwarted by circumstance. The first of these was musicologist and blues producer Bruce Bromberg who approached Hawkins about a contract in the early 1970s. Hawkins tentatively agreed and recorded some songs for Bromberg but again got into trouble and spent much of the next decade in jail. Bromberg lost contact until 1982, when he re-located Hawkins and got him to agree to release the recorded songs as an album, Watch Your Step. This debut album was a failure but received rave reviews. Following the release of the album, Hawkins dropped out of again for a time, re-uniting with Bromberg in 1985 for a second album. This album featured more original tunes from Hawkins and was ignored in the U. S. however it won acclaim. Andy Kershaw encouraged Hawkins to come to the United Kingdom, and he moved to Bridlington in 1986 and enjoyed his first taste of musical success, touring Europe. He was deported back to the United States, under unpalatable circumstances in 1990, during this period Hawkins stayed largely out of trouble and refined his musical style, a mixture of folk, country, deep southern spirituals, and soul music. Hawkins music was informed by but did not resemble blues music, in 1987, documentary film-maker Nick Shaw approached Hawkins to produce a profile of his life and times. Shaw followed Hawkins closely for the two yearsTed Hawkins – Ted Hawkins in a promotional photograph for his album The Next Hundred Years
14. Michael Henderson – He was one of the first notable bass guitarists of the fusion era as well as being one of the most influential jazz and soul musicians of the past 40 years. In addition to Davis, he has played and recorded with Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Henderson was bass guitarists based in Detroit, along with Bob Babbitt and his primary influence, James Jamerson. After almost seven years with Davis, Henderson focused on songwriting and singing in a career that produced many hit songs. Although known primarily for ballads, he was a funk player whose riffs. His solo recordings have sold well over one 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 and he is also known for his ballad vocalizing on several Norman Connors hit recordings, including You Are My Starship and Valentine Love, performed with Jean Carn. Many of his bass riffs have been imitated by players seeking the fat and 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. Cool J, and his songs have been sampled and/or covered by Jay-Z, Eminem and he currently lives in the US and plays shows intermittently, performing his solo material as well as that of other Motown and soul musicians. He has also played concerts with other former members of the Davis electric bandsMichael Henderson – Henderson singing at Sunset Junction Festival, Los Angeles, CA.,
15. 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 Anything Goes and it was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard country singles chart and the title track to his debut album of the same name, which also produced his first Top 5 hit, Boots On. In 2012, he moved to Broken Bow Records imprint Stoney Creek and he reached Number One with How Country Feels, the title track to his third album, and with Runnin Outta Moonlight in 2013. Houser was born in Lake, Mississippi and his father, a professional musician as well, performed at various local venues. Houser taught himself the guitar, and fronted his own band by age ten, by 2002, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to begin a songwriting career. One of his first hits as a songwriter was Honky Tonk Badonkadonk and it was recorded by Trace Adkins for his 2005 album Songs About Me, and was a Top 5 single. After that success, Houser shifted his focus to performing, and he was briefly signed to MCA Nashville but did not release anything. Randy Houser married Australian born Tatiana Starzynski, on May 4th 2016, Starzynski is the sister-in-law of singer-songwriter Dallas Davidson who introduced the pair. Houser previously married Jessica Lee Yantz in 2011 and she gave birth to a son in 2012. In 2014, Country Weekly confirmed that Houser had filed for divorce, Houser signed to Universal South Records in 2008. His first single, Anything Goes, was released in May of that year and it was co-written by Brice Long and John Wiggins. Houser performed the song on Late Show with David Letterman in August after Letterman heard it on a radio station. The song entered the Top 40 of the Billboard country chart that same month and his debut album, also titled Anything Goes, was released in November, at which point the title track was in the Top 20. Boots On was released as the second single in February 2009. Houser also co-wrote Back That Thing Up, the single for Valory Music Group artist Justin Moore. It peaked at #38 on Hot Country Songs in December 2008, Houser received two nominations for the 2009 CMA Awards, including New Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for Boots On. Houser, along with Jamey Johnson and Jessie James co-wrote My Cowboy and it was released in late October 2009, and was also released as a music video. Also in October 2009, Houser released his third single, the song titled Whistlin Dixie was the lead-off single to his second studio album, They Call Me CadillacRandy Houser – Houser at Walmart Soundcheck in 2013
16. Jaimoe – Jai Johanny Johanson, frequently known by the stage name Jaimoe, is an American drummer and percussionist. He is best known as one of the members of The Allman Brothers Band. Johanson came up in the R&B world and began drumming at an early age, Johanson backed soul singers, including a membership in Otis Reddings touring band in 1966, and afterward touring with the acclaimed soul duo, Sam & Dave. The group, quickly named after the brothers Allman, began recording demos that April in Macon, Georgia and their first two albums, their eponymous debut and Idlewild South brought positive critical reviews but only limited commercial success. At Fillmore East became a RIAA certified gold album in late October 1971, the band quickly suffered tragedy, however. Duane Allman was killed in an accident an few days later. After touring in late 1971 and early- to mid-1972 as a five piece band, the group added keyboardist Chuck Leavell to their line-up, and began recording their fifth album. After recording only a handful of tracks, however, Berry Oakley was also killed in a motorcycle accident mere blocks from where Duane Allman had been struck. Lamar Williams, a bass guitarist who was a friend of Johansen, the album that resulted, 1973s Brothers and Sisters, added more of a country feel to their trademark sound and gave the group their only hit single, Ramblin Man. In 1975, the Allman Brothers Band released the tepid Win, Lose or Draw, a growing distance between Gregg Allman, who had risen to a defacto bandleader and the rest of the band exacerbated tensions. The next year, the disbanded in a storm of drug abuse and acrimony involving Gregg Allmans testimony at the drug trial of former roadie. Betts and Allman focused on their own careers, while Johanson joined forces with Leavell, Johanson played with Sea Level on their first two albums, before rejoining the reformed Allman Brothers Band in 1979. Johanson and bassist Lamar Williams were asked to join longtime friend Wayne Sharp and his band, The SharpShooter Band, in January 1983, Lamar died, and the band went on hold. Though guitarist Warren Haynes, bassist Allen Woody and pianist Johnny Neel would all leave, as would Haynes replacement, Jack Pearson, however, he watched Dickey Betts acrimonious departure in 2000, who was ultimately to be replaced by a returning Warren Haynes. Despite their difficulties, he continued with the band,2000 to 2014 saw renewed success for the band. Jaimoe, Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman were joined by percussionist Marc Quiñones in 1991, bassist Oteil Burbridge, guitar and vocalist, Warren Haynes, and slide guitarist Derek Trucks. Every March, the band had taken up a residency at New Yorks Beacon Theatre for several weeks of shows and this practice came to a final halt, after forty years of performances since the Cirque du Soleil was given a permanent contract year-round at the Beacon Theatre. Jaimoe presently leads a jazz-rock collective known as Jaimoes Jasssz Band, the collective plays clubs in New York and his adopted home of Bloomfield, ConnecticutJaimoe – Jaimoe with The Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theatre March 26, 2009
17. Little Freddie King – Little Freddie King is an American Delta blues guitarist. His style is based on that of Freddie King, but his approach to country blues is original, King, a cousin of Lightnin Hopkins, was born in McComb, Mississippi, and learned to play the guitar from his father. In 1954, at the age of 14, he moved to New Orleans and he performed in juke joints with his friends Babe Stovall, Slim Harpo, and Champion Jack Dupree, playing both acoustic and electric guitar. He recorded the first electric album in New Orleans with Harmonica Williams in 1969. In 1976, King undertook a European tour with Bo Diddley and his next recording opportunity came in 1996, twenty-seven years after his first, with the release of Swamp Boogie. Kings Sing Sang Sung was recorded live at the Dream Palace in Faubourg Marigny, King is a charter member of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and has played at the festival for 42 years. He is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and 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 and his 2012 album, Chasing tha Blues, won Best Blues Album at the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards. Kings most recent album, Messin’ Around tha Living Room, was released in 2015 and he appears in the 2015 documentary film I Am the Blues. Videos and photograph at NME. com Little Freddie King at the Internet Movie Database Works by or about Little Freddie King in libraries NAMM Oral History Interview March 19,2015Little Freddie King – Freddie King at French Quarter Festival in 2012
18. Chris LeDoux – Chris LeDoux was an American country music singer-songwriter, bronze sculptor, and rodeo champion. During his career LeDoux recorded 36 albums which have more than six million units in the United States as of January 2007. He was awarded one gold certification from the RIAA, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. LeDoux was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and he was of French descent on his fathers side. His father was in the US Air Force and 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 fathers 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, and before long was winning junior rodeo competitions. LeDoux continued to compete in events and played football through his high school years. When his family moved to Cheyenne, he attended Cheyenne Central High School, after twice winning the Wyoming State Rodeo Championship bareback riding 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, LeDoux married Peggy Rhoads on January 4,1972, and they had five children, Clay, Ned, Will, Cindy and Beau. In 1970, LeDoux became a rodeo cowboy, competing on the national rodeo circuit. To help pay his expenses while traveling the country, he began composing songs describing his lifestyle, within two years, he had written enough songs to make up an album, and soon established a recording company, American Cowboy Songs, with his father. After recording his songs in a basement, LeDoux began selling his albums out of the back of his truck at rodeo events. His years of hard work bore fruit in 1976, when LeDoux won the bareback riding championship at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Winning the championship gave LeDoux more credibility with music audiences, as he now had proof that the songs he wrote were authentic. LeDoux continued competing for the four years. He retired in 1980 to nurse injuries and to more time with his growing family. With his rodeo career at an end, LeDoux and his family settled on a ranch in Kaycee, LeDoux continued to write and record his songs, and began playing concerts. His concerts were popular, and often featured a mechanical bullChris LeDoux – Chris LeDoux in May 1999
19. Swae Lee – Khalif Malikibnsham Brown, better known by his stage name Swae Lee is a recording artist, songwriter and record producer from Tupelo, Mississippi. He is one half of the Southern hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd with his brother Slim Jxmmi, khalif Malikibnsham Brown was born on June 7,1993 in Inglewood, California. He grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, where he began making music with his brother, Slim Jxmmi and he signed to Mike Will Made-Its label, EarDrummers Entertainment in 2013 with Slim Jxmmi as the duo Rae Sremmurd. They have released two studio albums, SremmLife and SremmLife 2. On August 12,2016, Swae Lee announced that he was working on his solo album. Swaecation The Grammy Awards are annual awards presented by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry, the MTVU Woodie Awards are semi-annual awards presented by MTVU which it states recognizes the music voted best by college students. The Soul Train Music Awards are annual awards to honor the best in Black music and entertainmentSwae Lee – Rae Sremmurd in 2015
20. Trent Lott – Chester Trent Lott Sr. is an American politician. A former United States Senator from Mississippi, Lott served in leadership positions in both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. He entered Congress as one of the first of a wave of Republicans winning seats in Southern states that had been solidly Democratic and he became Senate Majority Leader, then fell from power after praising Strom Thurmonds 1948 segregationist Dixiecrat presidential bid. From 1968 to 1972, Lott was an assistant to Representative William M. Colmer of Mississippi. Upon Colmers retirement, Lott won Colmers former seat in the House of Representatives, in 1988, Lott ran successfully for the U. S. Senate to replace another retiree, John C. After Republicans took the majority in the Senate, Lott became Senate Majority Whip in 1995 and then Senate Majority Leader in 1996, on December 20,2002, after significant controversy following comments regarding Strom Thurmonds presidential candidacy, Lott resigned as Senate Minority Leader. He resigned from the Senate in 2007 and fellow Republican Roger Wicker won the 2008 special election to replace him, Lott became a lobbyist, co-founding the Breaux–Lott Leadership Group. The firm was acquired by law and lobbying firm Patton Boggs. Lott serves as a Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, Lott is also a co-chair of BPCs Energy Project. Lott was born in Grenada, Mississippi, and lived his early years in nearby Duck Hill, Lotts mother, the former Iona Watson, was a schoolteacher. When Lott was in the grade, the family moved to Pascagoula. Lott attended college at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, where he obtained a degree in public administration in 1963. He served as a representative for Ole Miss and was president of his fraternity. Lott was also an Ole Miss cheerleader, on the team with future U. S. Lott married Patricia Thompson on December 27,1964, the couple has two children, Chester Trent Chet Lott, Jr. and Tyler Lott. Lott sided with the segregationists who defeated the amendment, the Dartmouth chapter subsequently seceded from the fraternity, and Sigma Nu remained whites-only until later in the decade. He served as assistant to House Rules Committee chairman William M. Colmer, also of Pascagoula. In 1972, Colmer, one of the most conservative Democrats in the House and he endorsed Lott as his successor in Mississippis 5th District, located in the states southwestern tip, even though Lott ran as a RepublicanTrent Lott – Trent Lott
21. O. B. McClinton – McClinton was a Black country music singer and songwriter. The second-youngest child born to Rev. G. A. McClinton, listening to Hank Williams as a child around the age of 9 or 10 sparked his interest in performing country music. Before beginning his music career, he tried to break into R&B. Known to refer to himself as the Chocolate Cowboy, McClinton successfully marketed his album called The Only One on television long before the practice was commonplace. Featuring his first country chart single Dont Let The Green Grass Fool You and he died on September 23,1987 after a year-long battle with abdominal cancer. † Oboe ± Oboe with The Keys ‡ O. BO. B. McClinton – Country Singer
22. Leontyne Price – Mary Violet Leontyne Price is an American soprano. Born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi, she rose to acclaim in the 1950s and 1960s. Time magazine called her voice Rich, supple and shining, it was in its capable of effortlessly soaring from a smoky mezzo to the pure soprano gold of a perfectly spun high C. A lirico spinto soprano, she was considered well suited to the roles of Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini. After her retirement from the stage in 1985, she continued to appear in recitals. 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 father James worked in a mill and her mother Katie was a midwife who sang in the church choir. They had waited 13 years for a child, and Leontyne became the focus of intense pride, 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 payment on an upright piano. At 14, she was taken on a trip to hear Marian Anderson sing in Jackson. Meanwhile, she visited the home of Alexander and Elizabeth Chisholm. Mrs. Chisholm encouraged the early piano playing. During World War II, Price worked as a maid in the Chisholms household where she was allowed to play the piano. Mrs. Chisholm noticed her singing voice and accompanied her in several early recitals. Aiming for a career, Price enrolled in the music education program at the all-black Wilberforce College in Wilberforce. Her success in the club led to solo assignments. She sang in the choir with another singer, Betty Allen. With the help of the Chisholms and the famous bass Paul Robeson and she won a scholarship and was admitted to the studio of Florence Page Kimball, who would remain her principal teacher and advisor throughout the 1960sLeontyne Price – Leontyne Price, 1994
23. Ray J – William Ray Norwood Jr. known by his stage name Ray J, is an American singer, songwriter, television personality and actor. Born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California, he is the brother of recording artist and actress Brandy Norwood, in January 2017 he competed in the nineteenth season of the UK reality television programme Celebrity Big Brother. William Ray Norwood Jr. was born in McComb, Mississippi to Willie Norwood and his older sister Brandy is an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist. Early in his life, he moved with his family from McComb, Mississippi to Los Angeles, California, and in 1989 started appearing in television commercials for different companies. In 1989, at the age of eight, Norwood began auditioning for and appearing in commercials, he played the foster son in The Sinbad Show. This period in Norwoods life would shape his acting career and he signed to Elektra Records in 1995 and he began to record his 15-track debut album Everything You Want the same year. Let It Go appeared on the Set It Off soundtrack and it peaked number 25 in the U. S. and number 11 in New Zealand. The second single peaked at number 54 on the U. S. R&B chart, in 1997, he was dropped from the label. In 1998, he appeared on the Doctor Dolittle soundtrack with the single Thats Why I Lie and he produced for toy company Mattel, putting together the music for several commercials and a few of the demos for his second record. The song was the single of the R&B/Hip Hop tribute Urban Renewal. Norwood also worked with The Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins and Lil Kim, the album was recorded over 18 months, and was released on June 26,2001 with Atlantic Records. The lead single Wait A Minute peaked at #30 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, formal Invite followed at #54 on the R&B chart. The albums lead single One Wish was a top 20 success in the US, UK, Ireland, Raydiation eventually sold over 400,000 copies domestically. In 2005, Norwood joined the cast of UPNs One On One, on both shows, Rays character was related to Brandys. In February 2007, a home video he made with former girlfriend Kim Kardashian in 2003 was made public. Kardashian sued Vivid Entertainment for ownership of the tape, in late April 2007, Kardashian dropped the suit and settled with Vivid Entertainment for $5 million. Knockout Entertainment announced an album deal with Koch Records and Shaquille ONeals Deja 34 entertainment company. The first album for this deal is Ray Js fourth album All I Feel and it was released on April 1,2008Ray J – Ray J in December 2011
24. LeAnn Rimes – Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian, known professionally as LeAnn Rimes, is an American singer. Known for her vocals, Rimes rose to stardom at age 13 following the release of the Bill Mack song Blue. The albums eponymous single, Blue, became a Top 10 hit. Rimes has won awards, including two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA,12 Billboard Music Awards, and 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 childrens books, margaret LeAnn Rimes was born in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the child of Wilbur Rimes and Belinda Butler. The family moved to Garland, Texas when she was six and she was enrolled in vocal and dance classes, and was performing at local talent shows at the age of 5. Rimes began her career in theatre, performing in a Dallas, Texas production of A Christmas Carol. After appearing on the television competition show Star Search, where she clearly charmed host Ed McMahon in addition to being a one-week champion. Rimes appeared a number of times on Johnnie Highs Country Music Revue in Arlington, Texas, by age nine, Rimes was an experienced singer. She toured nationally with her father and also performed a cappella renditions of The Star Spangled Banner at the opening of the Dallas Cowboys football games. Wilbur Rimes began recording his daughter under the independent label Nor Va Jak when she turned eleven and she released three albums between 1991 and 1996. Rimes was discovered by Dallas disc jockey and record promoter Bill Mack, Mack was impressed by Rimess vocal ability, and over the following three years, he made various attempts to bring Rimes to a mainstream level. In July 1994, Rimes recorded the song on her independent album, after signing with Curb Records, Rimes re-recorded a new version of Blue for her debut studio album, and as a single. However, Rimes told a BBC radio program in October 2016 that the company accidentally released the version she had recorded as an 11-year-old. She said it was this version peaked at number ten on the Billboard Country Chart. During this time the media was reporting that Rimes was the successor to Patsy Clines legacy, the album Blue sold 123,000 copies in its first week, the highest figure in SoundScan history at that timeLeAnn Rimes – LeAnn Rimes performing a free concert for the airmen at Ramstein Air Base, Germany on September 23, 2004.
25. 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 and she moved to San Francisco in the 1870s and studied with Signora G. Bianchi. She then studied in Chicago with Antonio Farini, 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 Philadelphias Academy of Music in 1878 and at New Yorks Steinway Hall in 1879, from 1882 to 1885 she performed across Europe with her husband, giving a concert in St Jamess Hall, London, for Queen Victoria in 1883. Williams probably took her name from the character Sélika in Giacomo Meyerbeers opera LAfricaine. Due to her rendition of E. W. Mulders Polka 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 Worlds Columbian Exposition before settling in Cleveland, marie joined fellow Black singers Flora Batson and Sissieretta Jones for a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York on October 12,1896. After her husband died in 1911, Williams gave private lessons and she died on May 19,1937Marie Selika Williams – Madame Selika as photographed by Maud Cuney-Hare.
26. Jarekus Singleton – Jarekus Singleton is an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Refuse To Lose was his first nationally and internationally distributed album and it was released on the Chicago-based independent blues record label Alligator Records on May 6,2014. Englands Blues & Rhythm called Singleton a great, new blues talent…young, original, soulful and intense…superb, the Washington Post said, Jarekus Singleton is an exciting new young blues guitarist with melody, hooks, swagger and a strong, original voice. His lyrics are modern, personal, acutely poetic and deeply mature, USA Today said of Singleton, Stinging blues guitar and potent, original songs herald the emergence of a major new talent. Singleton played bass guitar at age nine at his grandfathers church and he was tutored in music by his uncle. Other family members also played and sang gospel music, Singleton switched to guitar and began to concentrate on his playing and his singing. He first heard blues music at 15, and has named B. B. King, Freddie King, Albert King and he also listened to rap artists including Jay-Z and Twista and country artists including Brad Paisley. Also during this period, Singleton developed his skills, later becoming a top-seeded college player for University of Southern Mississippi. An ankle injury derailed his career and he began concentrating on music full-time. He performed original lyrics as a rapper, but soon began to combine his blues music with his original lyrics, the Jarekus Singleton Blues Band formed in 2009, with the band members drawn from the musicians he played with in church. In 2011, Singleton self-released the album Heartfelt, and sold it at live performances, kings Bluesville channel on SiriusXM Radio played three songs from Heartfelt in regular rotation. He won Guitar Center’s “King Of The Blues” contest for the state of Mississippi, in 2012, he received the Jackson Music Award for Blues Artist of the Year, as well as the award for 2013 Local Entertainer of the Year. In 2013, The Jackson Free Press named him as Best Local Blues Artist and he competed in the International Blues Challenge, an annual contest produced by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2011,2012,2013 and 2014. At the 2013 IBC, he was scouted by the president of Alligator Records, Singleton signed with Alligator in late 2013. In October 2013 and January 2014, Singleton and his band recorded for Alligator at PM Music in Memphis, Singleton performed at the Mississippi Stage at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2012 and 2013. He appeared at South Carolinas Lowcountry Blues Festival and Festival of Discovery in 2011 as well as other festivals in the South. In January 2014, Singleton signed with Charlotte, North Carolinas booking agency and he played the Springing The Blues Festival in Jacksonville Beach, Florida in April 2014. 2011, Heartfelt 2013, Refuse To Lose Selected as the 2013 Best Local Blues Artist by Jackson Free Press,2013 Jackson Music Award for Local Entertainer of the YearJarekus Singleton – At the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee
27. Warren Smith (singer) – Warren Smith was an American rockabilly and country music singer and guitarist. Smith was born in Humphreys County, Mississippi, to Iola and Willie Warren Smith and he was raised by his maternal grandparents 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 San Antonio, by the time of his discharge from the service, he had decided to make a career of music. He moved to West Memphis, Arkansas, and auditioned, successfully, to play the Cotton Club, Phillips liked what he heard, and decided that Rock & Roll Ruby, a song credited to Johnny Cash, would be Smiths first record. Smith recorded it on February 5,1956, Phillips, who was hedging his bets over whether rock and roll would maintain its popularity, released that record with a country crooner, aptly named Id Rather Be Safe Than Sorry, on the flip side. By May 26, Rock & Roll Ruby had hit No.1 on the pop charts. Smiths first record for Sun went on to outsell the first Sun releases by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, 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. This song, which originated in early 18th-century Britain and survived in various forms in the mountains of the American south, may be the oldest song ever recorded by a rock, although a resounding artistic success, it did not sell as well as Smiths debut. In 1957, Smith recorded So Long, Im Gone, a written by Roy Orbison. But Sun had no cash to promote it at the time as Sam Phillips put every dollar Sun had behind Jerry Lee Lewis Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On. Although Smith continued to make records for Sun, including a cover version of Slim Harpos Got Love If Your Want It. Toward the end of 1958, Smith, seeing his future in music, cut a final record for Sun. In spite of a review in Billboard calling it ultra commercial, like other artists such as Sonny Burgess, Hayden Thompson, Billy Lee Riley and Ray Harris, chart success largely eluded him. Smith then decided to leave Sun Records, in 1959, Smith and his wife and son moved from Mississippi to California, settling in Sherman Oaks, not far from Johnny and Vivian Cash. Cash offered Smith a spot on his show, but Smith turned it down, seeing himself as a headliner, not a supporting player. In early 1960, Smith signed with Liberty Records, and immediately scored a hit with I Dont Believe Ill Fall in Love Today, which went to No.5 on Billboards Country & Western chart. This record, and Smiths subsequent records, were produced by Joe Allison, Smith scored again with his next record for Liberty, Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces, written by Harlan HowardWarren Smith (singer) – Smith at the Big D Jamboree
28. Jamie Lynn Spears – Jamie Lynn Spears is an American actress, singer and songwriter. The younger sister of recording artist Britney Spears, she is known for her role as Zoey Brooks on the Nickelodeon teen sitcom Zoey 101, on which she starred from 2005 to 2008. Spears became the subject of significant media attention and controversy in 2007, in 2013, Spears launched a career in country music. She released her single, How Could I Want More, along with her debut EP. Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi, to James and Lynne Spears and she has two siblings, Bryan and Britney Spears. She attended Parklane Academy, where she was a cheerleader and point guard of the basketball team and 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 debut in the Paramount Pictures drama film Crossroads which starred her sister. Spears made a cameo, playing the version of Britneys character. Following Crossroads, Nickelodeon cast Spears as a performer in the eighth season of the sketch comedy series All That. The season followed a hiatus of the series. Spears portrayed various roles through the two seasons she appeared in as well as herself, Spearss 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 tenth and final season to pursue other roles on the network. In August 2004, Spears signed a development deal with Nickelodeon in which she would star as the protagonist in her own scripted television series that would air on the network, the series went on to be titled Zoey 101. Spears portrayed the role of Zoey Brooks and centered on Zoey and her friends who attend a boarding school. Spears recorded the theme song, titled Follow Me, which was written by her sister Britney Spears. Filmed at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, the series premiered on January 9,2005, Spears won a Young Artist Award and a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards for her performance. Nickelodeon announced the season would be the series last season. The series finale, PCA Confidential, aired on May 2,2008 and that same year Spears voiced the role of Goldilocks in the direct-to-DVD animation film Unstable Fables, Goldilocks &3 Bears ShowJamie Lynn Spears – Spears at the premiere of Nancy Drew, June 2007
29. Ric Steel – Ric Steel is a Nashville, Tennessee-based vocalist, instrumentalist, and 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 Amahl and the Night Visitors. When Ric was 15 years old, he wrote 10 songs, cut his first record, at 19 years old, Ric began his foray into Nashville by playing bass with Johnny Cash and writing for The Oak Ridge Boys publishing company Silverline. Ric attended Belmont College where he studied Medicine, worked at Baptist hospital as a surgical assistant, as a featured singer, Ric has toured all of the states in the USA as well as almost all foreign countries. Today 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, Alabama, and Tim McGraw. Ric sang the lead in The Phantom of the Opera 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 for multiple clients, including Ford Motor Company, the State of Florida, PGA, Chevrolet, and NASCAR. In the late 80s Ric was awarded the title Jacksonvilles Music Ambassador and he was featured as a vocalist, writer, and producer for the I Believe In Jacksonville album. This was done in conjunction with WQIK radio of the same city and he was also awarded a Gold Record during the commemoration of these events. Steel has had two Billboard charted singles, including The Radio Song at #57 and Whose Baby Are You at #59, Ric was awarded a golden record. As a composer, Ric is Grammy nominated, performing for a live TV audience, Steel was a semi-finalist on NBC reality television show The Voice in 2010. Ric was a semi-finalist on NBC reality television show Americas Got Talent in 2009, other accolades include being a Wrangler TV Showdown winner, John Lennon Song Festival finalist, and European Gold Medal winning vocalist. Currently Steel is an entertainer for the industry, having performed all over the world on cruise ships. As an entrepreneur, Steel has been a gold medalist four times as an inventor on the internet TV show Edison Nation, and he holds several patents. Steelcreated an idea for a reality show, a docu-series The Cruiser, Ric also runs one of the best Great Dane breeding facilities in the USA having had Danes since he was a childRic Steel – Ric Steel
30. Paul Thorn – Paul Wayne Thorn is an Southern rock, country, Americana, and Blues singer-songwriter whose style is a mix of blues, Country, and rock music. Thorn was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin but raised in Tupelo, before his professional music career began he was a professional boxer. In 1997, while performing at a night at a local pizza shop. He asked Thorn if he had his permission to share his name with other companies in Nashville. A couple weeks later, Thorn called vOz Vanelli and mentioned that several companies were coming to Tupelo to hear him perform. Thorn asked if he could come and play at Vanelli’s which vOz agreed to, after hearing Thorn perform, Wyatt Easterling brought Thorn to Nashville and within thirty days, Thorn opened for Sting. Thorn was subsequently signed to a contract with A&M Records and recorded his first album, Hammer & Nail. He left A&M soon after and followed Hammer & Nail with thirteen albums, all self-released and self-produced with his writing and production partner. Thorns 2010 album Pimps and Preachers debuted at No.83 on the Billboard 200 chart and 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. What the Hell Is Going On was Thorns first album to feature the songwriting of other artists and the second record of his to debut on the Billboard Top 100 during its first week of release. Thorn has toured as an act for Huey Lewis & the News, Sting, John Prine, Marianne Faithfull, Mark Knopfler, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Toby Keith and Jeff Beck. In 2014, Thorn released Too Blessed to Be Stressed, which he described as a collection of positive anthem songs, I wrote these songs hoping they might put people in a positive mindset and encourage them to count their own blessings, like I count mine, Thorn observes. Theres no higher goal I could set for myself than to other people find some happiness. Official website BoxRec – Paul Thorns boxing recordPaul Thorn – Thorn at The Grand in Wilmington, Delaware, 2008
31. Hayley Williams – Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer and songwriter. She serves as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the rock band Paramore, Hayley Williams was born to Joey and Cristi Williams, in Meridian, Mississippi. She has two half sisters. As a result of her parents divorcing in 2002, Williams moved to Franklin and she met former band members Josh and Zac Farro in her new school. While still at school she tried out for a funk cover band, The Factory. Williams was discovered in 2003 by managers Dave Steunebrink and Richard Williams, at the time she was writing pop songs with songwriters in Nashville. Williams was introduced to Atlantic Records A&R Tom Storms through Richard Williams attorneys Jim Zumwalt and Kent Marcus, and then signed to the label by Jason Flom. The labels original plan for their new artist was to make her a pop artist but Williams objected to this, saying that she wanted to be part of a band. Atlantic decided to go along with her wishes, and she then formed Paramore with Josh Farro, Zac Farro and they instead released their music through a cooler niche label, Fueled by Ramen. The bands debut album, 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, and the self-titled Paramore, in June 2009, the band welcomed Taylor York as an official member, although he had already been playing as a touring member with the band since 2007. In December 2010, two of the members of Paramore left the band. The news was posted by Williams on Paramores web site, with Josh later posting a blog post confirming their departure. In 2007, she and the rest of Paramore made an appearance in the video for Kiss Me by New Found Glory. She also appears as a character in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour after completing Misery Business in the vocalist campaign. Williams wrote and recorded the song Teenagers, which was featured in the soundtrack for the feature film Jennifers Body, after the release of Teenagers, Williams stated that she had no plans to establish herself as a solo artist. In 2010, she appeared on the tracks Airplanes and Airplanes, Part II from alternative rapper B. o. Bs debut album, B. o. B Presents, The Adventures of Bobby Ray. When it was released as a single, Airplanes peaked within the top ten in nineteen countries, including the one position in the United KingdomHayley Williams – Williams performing as part of Paramore at the Rock im Park in Nuremberg, Germany, in 2013.
32. Jesse Winchester – James Ridout Jesse Winchester Jr. was an American-Canadian musician and songwriter. He was born and raised in the southern United States, opposed to the Vietnam War, he moved to Canada in 1967 to avoid military service and began his career as a solo artist. His highest-charting recordings were of his own songs, Yankee Lady in 1970 and he became a Canadian citizen in 1973, gained amnesty in the U. S. in 1977 and resettled there in 2002. Winchester was best known as a songwriter and his works were recorded by many notable artists, including Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Anne Murray, Reba McEntire, the Everly Brothers, Lyle Lovett, and Emmylou Harris. A number of these recordings achieved positions on various charts, Winchester was born at Barksdale Army Air Field, near Bossier City, Louisiana, and raised in northern Mississippi. Winchester was one of three born to James Ridout Winchester Sr. and Frances Ellyn Manire Winchester. Through his fathers side, he is part of the Lee family of Virginia and he graduated from Williams College, in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1966. Upon receiving his draft notice the following year, Winchester moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, I was so offended by someones coming up to me and presuming to tell me who I should kill and what my life was worth, he told Rolling Stone magazine in 1977. Winchester began playing guitar in bands while still in high school and he played in Germany during college study abroad and after graduation. Upon arriving in Quebec in 1967, he joined a local band, under the auspices of the Bands Robbie Robertson, another Canadian, Winchester began his recording career in 1970 with a self-titled album released on the Ampex label. Winchester released several albums during the 1970s, because of his status as a draft resister, he was unable to tour in the United States, and he became recognized primarily as a songwriter. His best-known songs include Yankee Lady, The Brand New Tennessee Waltz, Mississippi, Youre on My Mind, A Showmans Life and these and others have been recorded by numerous artists. In 1974, Winchester often performed at the Hotel Le Chatelet in Morin Heights, Quebec, david Butch McDade and Jeff Stick Davis moved to Quebec to become part of Jesse Winchester and the Rhythm Aces. Winchester was the first to record the songs Third Rate Romance and The End Is Not in Sight, Smith traveled to Montreal to assist in the recording of the album Learn to Love It at Studio Six. Smith, Davis and McDade later were members of the Amazing Rhythm Aces. Upon his election in 1976, President Jimmy Carter declared he would grant amnesty to draft evaders, Winchester had by then become a Canadian citizen, but Barry Bozeman, his manager at the time, convinced Carter on Winchesters behalf to broaden the amnesty. Winchesters first appearance in the U. S. was a performance in Burlington, Vermont. Im Gonna Miss You, Girl, written by Winchester, was recorded by American country music artist Michael Martin Murphey, the song peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and at number 4 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chartJesse Winchester – Winchester in 2011