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 had a relationship with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He also periodically performed at the New York City Opera during his career and was a frequent presence at the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Company during the late 1950s and 1960s. Although he spent most of his career in New York City, Alexander occasionally traveled to perform as a guest artist with many of the leading opera houses. He was also a concert singer throughout his career. Aside from a handful of roles, however, his repertoire at the Metropolitan did not include heavier parts. Rather, he was there for an expansive lyric repertoire that encompassed the works of Mozart, Puccini, Verdi. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Rodolfo in La bohème, and the roles in Don Carlos. Alexander was born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi and 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, in 1951 Alexander moved to New York City to begin studying voice further under Robert Weede and with the intent of pursuing a performance career. That same year he auditioned for and was accepted as a member of the Charles Wagner Opera Company and he traveled widely with the company during the Fall of 1951, notably portraying Alfredo in Giuseppe Verdis La traviata opposite a young Beverly Sills as Violetta. In the spring of 1952 he made his first appearance with at an opera house as the title hero in Charles Gounods Faust with Cincinnati Opera. The following fall he once again traveled with the Charles Wagner Opera Company, over the next five years he appeared in several houses throughout the United States including the Baltimore Opera Company and the Houston Grand Opera. In 1957 Alexander made his debut with the Philadelphia Grand Opera Company as Lieutenant Pinkerton in Puccinis Madama Butterfly opposite Dorothy Kirsten as Cio-Cio San and that same year he made his first appearance with the New York City Opera singing the role of Alfredo. The following year he returned to the New York City Opera to portray the role of Henry Morosus for the United States premiere of Richard Strausss Die schweigsame Frau. He continued to perform periodically at the New York City Opera up through the 1970s, notably excelling as Walther in Wagners Die Meistersinger, in 1958 he created the role of Lucentio is the first staged performance of Vittorio Gianninis The Taming of the Shrew. In 1961 Alexander joined the roster of the Metropolitan Opera where he sang regularly for the next 26 years and his last performance at the Met was on October 5,1987 portraying Bacchus opposite Jessye Normans Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos. Although Alexander worked mostly out of New York City he did travel to perform in other opera housesJohn Alexander (tenor) – Alexander in 1960.
2. Mose Allison – Mose John Allison Jr. was an American jazz and blues pianist, singer, and songwriter. He became notable for playing a mix of blues and modern jazz. After moving to New York in 1956, he worked primarily in jazz settings, playing with musicians like Stan Getz, Al Cohn. He is described as having one of the finest songwriters in 20th-century blues. His songs were strongly dependent on evoking moods, with his individualistic, quirky and his writing influence on R&B had well-known fans recording his songs, among them Pete Townshend, who recorded his Young Man Blues for the Whos Live At Leeds album in 1970. John Mayall was one of dozens who recorded his classic, Parchman Farm, others who recorded his songs included Leon Russell and Bonnie Raitt. The 1980s saw an increase in his popularity 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 with him on an album, Tell Me Something. The Pixies wrote the song Allison as a tribute, Allisons music had an important influence on other performers, such as Tom Waits, Jimi Hendrix, the Yardbirds, the Rolling Stones, and Pete Townshend. He was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006, Allison was born outside Tippo, Mississippi, on his grandfathers farm, known as the Island, because Tippo Bayou encircles it. He took piano lessons at 5, picked cotton, played piano in school and trumpet in high school. Allison attended the University of Mississippi for a while and then enlisted in the U. S. Army for two years. Shortly after mustering out, he enrolled at Louisiana State University, in 1956, Allison moved to New York City and launched his jazz career, performing with artists such as Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, and Phil Woods. His debut album, Back Country Suite, was issued by Prestige in 1957 and he formed his own trio in 1958, with Addison Farmer on bass and Nick Stabulas on drums. It was not until 1963 that his record label allowed him to release an album entirely of vocals. Entitled Mose Allison Sings, it was a compilation of songs from his previous Prestige albums that paid tribute to artists of the Mojo Triangle, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Rogers, however, an original composition on the album brought him the most attention, Parchman Farm. For more than two decades, Parchman Farm was his most requested song and he dropped it from his playlist in the 1980s because some critics felt it was politically incorrect. Allison explained in an interview, I dont do the cotton sack songs much anymore and you go to the Mississippi Delta and there are no cotton sacksMose Allison – Mose Allison
3. Brad Arnold – 3 Doors Down is an American rock band from Escatawpa, Mississippi, that formed in 1996. The band originally consisted of Brad Arnold, Todd Harrell, and they were soon joined by rhythm guitarist Chris Henderson. The band rose to fame with their first single, Kryptonite. The band then signed with Republic Records and released their album, The Better Life. The album was the 11th-best-selling album of the year and was certified 6x platinum in the United States and they were later joined by drummer Richard Liles, who played during the tour for their first album. The band toured extensively for two years, Daniel Adair played drums on tour from 2002 to 2005. This configuration played nearly 1,000 shows across the following the release of Away from the Sun. In 2005, Greg Upchurch joined to play drums to replace Adair,3 Doors Down released their third album, Seventeen Days in 2005. The album debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum one month of release. Their fourth, self-titled album,3 Doors Down, also debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart, the bands fifth studio album, Time of My Life debuted at No.3 on the charts. Original guitarist Matt Roberts departed in 2012, owing to health issues and he was replaced by Chet Roberts, who was formerly Hendersons guitar tech. Harrell was fired from the band in 2013 after being charged with vehicular homicide, worldwide,3 Doors Down has sold more than 20 million albums. The band originally consisted of Brad Arnold, Todd Harrell and Matt Roberts, the band began to tour outside Escatawpa, and it was during a trip to Foley, Alabama that they came up with their official name. When the three men were walking through the town, they saw a building where some letters had fallen off its sign, since at the time they consisted of three people, they added the 3 to create 3 Doors Down. The cover of their 2011 album Time of My Life hints at the number of band members and current band members. A couple of years performing together, Todd Harrell asked rhythm guitarist Chris Henderson to join the band. They recorded a demo CD of their songs at Lincoln Recording in Pascagoula. When the band gave the CD to local radio station WCPR-FM they started playing the EP version of Kryptonite, the stations program director sent the song to manager Phin Daly who in turn showed it to Bill McGathy, his employer at In De Goot EntertainmentBrad Arnold – 3 Doors Down live in Laredo, Texas
4. 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
5. 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.
6. 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
7. Eden Brent – Eden Brent (born 16 November 1965 in Greenville, Mississippi is an award-winning American musician on the independent Yellow Dog Records label. A blues pianist and vocalist, she combines boogie-woogie with elements of blues, jazz, soul, gospel and her vocal style has been compared to Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie and Aretha Franklin. She took lessons from Abie Boogaloo Ames, a blues and boogie woogie piano player. In 2006, she won the Blues Foundations International Blues Challenge, along with other awards, Brent garnered two 2009 Blues Music Awards - one for Acoustic Artist of the Year, the other for Acoustic Album of the Year. At The 14th Annual Independent Music Awards in 2015, Eden Brent won the award in the Holiday Song category for Valentine, Eden Brent was born in 1965 and raised in Greenville, Mississippi. Brent studied jazz and music at the University of North Texas, when she was 16, Eden Brent met the late blues pioneer, Boogaloo Ames, and 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, I’d go hear him and request certain songs because I wanted to hear them and sort of watch over his shoulder a bit and watch the way he was playing. Sometimes I’d request the same thing over and over and then go home, 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 under his wing for 16 years and she was featured alongside Ames in the 1999 PBS documentary, Boogaloo & Eden, Sustaining the Sound, and in the 2002 South African production Forty Days in the Delta. B. King Homecoming, and aboard the Legendary Rhythm & Blues CruiseEden Brent – Eden Brent performing at the Rawa Blues Festival in Poland, 2009
8. 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 1930s and 1940s he successfully navigated a transition in style to a more urban blues sound popular with working-class African-American audiences. In the 1950s a return to his traditional folk-blues roots made him one of the figures of the emerging American folk music revival. His long and varied career marks him as one of the key figures in the development of music in the 20th century. Broonzy copyrighted more than 300 songs during his lifetime, including adaptations of traditional folk songs and 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 to have been born in Scott, Mississippi, but a body of emerging research compiled by the blues historian Robert Reisman suggests that he was born in Jefferson County, Arkansas. Broonzy claimed he was born in 1893, and many sources report that year, 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, at the age of 10 he made himself a fiddle from a cigar box and learned how to play spirituals and folk songs from his uncle, Jerry Belcher. He and a friend, Louis Carter, who played a guitar, began performing at social. These early performances included playing at two-stages, picnics where whites and blacks danced at the same event, on the understanding that he was born in 1898 rather than earlier or later, sources suggest that in 1915, 17-year-old Broonzy was married and working as a sharecropper. 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. Before he could respond to the offer, his wife took the money and spent it, in 1916 his crop and stock were wiped out by drought. Broonzy went to work locally until he was drafted into the Army in 1917 and he served for two years in Europe during the First World War. He immediately left Pine Bluff and moved to the Little Rock area, a year later, in 1920, he moved north to Chicago in search of opportunity. After arriving in Chicago, Broonzy switched from fiddle to guitar and he learned to play the guitar from the veteran minstrel and medicine show performer Papa Charlie Jackson, who began recording for Paramount Records in 1924. Through the 1920s Broonzy worked at a string of odd jobs, including Pullman porter, cook, foundry worker and custodian, to supplement his income and he played regularly at rent parties and social gatherings, steadily improving his guitar playing. During this time he wrote one of his tunes, a solo guitar piece called Saturday Night RubBig Bill Broonzy – Studio portrait of Broonzy
9. Jimmy Buffett – James William Jimmy Buffett is an American musician, songwriter, author, actor, and businessman. He is best known for his music, which portrays an island escapism lifestyle. Together with his Coral Reefer Band, Buffett has recorded hit songs including Margaritaville and he has a devoted base of fans known as Parrotheads. Aside from his career in music, Buffett is also a writer and is involved in two restaurant chains named after two of his best-known songs, Cheeseburger in Paradise and Margaritaville. He owns the Margaritaville Cafe restaurant chain and co-developed the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chain, Buffett was born on December 25,1946, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and spent part of his childhood in Mobile, Alabama. He is the son of Mary Lorraine and James Delaney Buffett, in grade school years, he attended St. Ignatius School, where he played the trombone in the school band. Buffetts grandfather was a sailor, therefore he was exposed to sailing as a child which had an effect on his life. He later lived in Fairhope, Alabama and 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, Buffett spent years working as the First Mate on the yacht of industrialist Foster Talge on the Petticoat III in Key West while perfecting the Caribbean Rock n Roll genre. Buffett and his wife, Jane have two daughters, Savannah Jane and Sarah Delaney, and an adopted son, Cameron Marley. They separated in the early 1980s but reconciled in 1991, Buffett also owns a home in St Barts, a Caribbean island where he lived on and off in the early 1980s while he was part-owner of the Autour de Rocher hotel and restaurant. He spends part of the summer traveling about the East Coast on his sailboat, an avid pilot, Buffett owns a Dassault Falcon 900 that he often uses while on concert tour and traveling worldwide. He has also owned a Boeing Stearman, Lake Amphibian and Grumman Albatross and his father died May 1,2003 at the age of 83. His mother died a few months after her husband, on September 25,2003, in 2015, Jimmy Buffett spoke at the University of Miamis graduation ceremony and received an honorary doctorate in music. Wearing flip flops and aviator sunglasses he told graduates, Its time to see the world, time to kiss a girl, and time to cross that wide meridian. Buffett began his career in Nashville, Tennessee, during the late 1960s as a country artist and recorded his first album. During this time, Buffett could be found busking for tourists in New OrleansJimmy Buffett – Jimmy Buffett performing, January 2008
10. 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
11. 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
12. Eddie C. Campbell – Eddie C. Campbell is an American blues guitarist and singer active in the Chicago blues scene. Campbell moved to Chicago at the age of ten, and by age 12 was learning from the blues musicians Muddy Waters, Magic Sam, and Otis Rush. In his early years as a musician, he played as a sideman with Howlin Wolf, Little Walter, Little Johnny Taylor. In 1976, Willie Dixon hired him to play in the Chicago Blues All-Stars, campbells debut album, King of the Jungle, featuring Carey Bell on harmonica and Lafayette Leake on piano, was released the next year. In 1984, Campbell left Chicago for Europe, living first in the Netherlands and later in Duisburg, Germany, campbells latest album is Spider Eating Preacher. It was nominated for a Blues Music Award in 2013 in the category Traditional Blues Album, in February 2013, Campbell suffered a stroke and a heart attack while on tour in Germany, leaving him paralyzed on the right side of his body. His wife, 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 Lets Pick It. The Baddest Cat on the Block Mind Trouble Thats 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 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)
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 Cooks overseas recordings his surname is Cooke to distinguish it from his work in the United States. The male members of The Cook Family Singers have always used just their middle initials as a trademark, in 1990 Cook was diagnosed with a dissociative disorder and psychogenic amnesia reportedly brought on by an abusive father. In 1999 Cooks story was used as a story with The 700 Club. Cook was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, after two years, his family moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Cook began his musical career at age five, singing with his familys group, The Cook Family Singers. After his parents divorce, the group continued without Donnell, but in 1980 and he continued singing both gospel and secular music. Early in life, Cook was abused by his father, who had a drinking problem. While intoxicated, Cooks father reportedly became violent towards his family, after many years of this abuse Cook developed many psychological problems that ended up following him through to his life as an adult. He developed a severe dissociative disorder and psychogenic amnesia and he recalled having periods of missing time but never really understood the cause. In 1990, doctors diagnosed the disorders after Cook experienced what they thought was a severe stroke and was rushed to the Coral Springs Medical Hospital in Fort. He checked himself out of the hospital and disappeared from his Florida home and was five months later in a Charlotte, North Carolina. Cook had been around Charlotte for five months and no one realized there was anything wrong until he started developing stroke symptoms again, doctors diagnosed his problems, which were not organic, and referred him to see the proper specialists. He claims to have had no recollection of leaving Florida, nor what he had done during his five months in Charlotte, when asked, he stated that, It was like someone switching off a light and then switching it back on. Cooks story has been told through different media, the 700 Club did a full-length documentary about his life, which aired worldwide. Cook wrote a religious book, Inspirational Words about the issues he overcame. On November 11,2009, Cook was diagnosed with a tumor in his neck. Doctors assessed that the tumor was pressing against his vocal cords making it impossible for him to perform. He was treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Cooks first solo Christian album, Come Follow Me, was released in 1985David 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, 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
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 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.
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 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
18. Bo Diddley – His use of African rhythms and a signature beat, a simple five-accent hambone rhythm, is a cornerstone of hip hop, rock, and pop. He is also recognized for his innovations, including his distinctive rectangular guitar. Born in McComb, Mississippi, as Ellas Otha Bates, he was adopted and raised by his mothers cousin, Gussie McDaniel, 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 McDaniels backing band, the two often trading joking insults with each other during live shows, during the summers of 1943 and 1944, he played at the Maxwell Street market in a band with Earl Hooker. By 1951 he was playing on the street with backing from Roosevelt Jackson on washtub bass and Jody Williams, Williams later played lead guitar on Who Do You Love. In 1951 he landed a spot at the 708 Club, on Chicagos South Side, with a repertoire influenced by Louis Jordan, John Lee Hooker. In late 1954, he teamed up with harmonica player Billy Boy Arnold, drummer Clifton James and bass player Roosevelt Jackson and recorded demos of Im a Man and Bo Diddley. They re-recorded the songs at Chess Studios, with an ensemble comprising Otis Spann, Lester Davenport, Frank Kirkland. The record was released in March 1955, and the A-side, Bo Diddley, 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 and he also said that the name first belonged to a singer his adoptive mother knew. Harmonicist Billy Boy Arnold said that it was a local name, which Leonard Chess adopted as McDaniels stage name. McDaniel also stated that it was his nickname as a Golden Gloves boxer, a diddley bow is a homemade single-string instrument played mainly by farm workers in the South. It probably has influences from the West African coast, in the American slang term bo diddly, bo is an intensifier and diddly is a truncation of diddly squat, which means absolutely nothing. On November 20,1955, Bo Diddley appeared on the television program The Ed Sullivan Show. When someone on the shows staff overheard him casually singing Sixteen Tons in the dressing room, seeing Bo Diddley on the cue card, he thought he was to perform both his self-titled hit single and Sixteen Tons. Sullivan was furious and banned Bo Diddley from his show, reputedly saying that he wouldnt last six months, Chess Records included Bo Diddleys Sixteen Tons on the 1960 album Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger. Bo Diddleys hit singles continued in the 1950s and 1960s, Pretty Thing, Say Man and he also released numerous albums, including Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger and Have Guitar, Will TravelBo Diddley – Bo Diddley
19. Meredith Edwards (singer) – Meredith Edwards is an American singer. She recorded an album, Reach, for Mercury Records Nashville in 2001 and this album accounted for two singles on the Billboard country singles charts. At the age of five, she was a member of the choir the Mississippi Show Stoppers. 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 and its singles, A Rose Is a Rose and The Bird Song, both charted on Hot Country Singles & Tracks at No.37 and No.47 respectively. Edwards has not recorded since ReachMeredith Edwards (singer)
20. 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.
21. Steve Forbert – Samuel Stephen Steve Forbert is an American pop music singer-songwriter. His song Romeos Tune reached No.11 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1980, the song also spent two weeks at No.8 in Canada, and is ranked as the 47th biggest Canadian hit of 1980. In Australia it reached No.13, Forbert signed a recording contract with Nemperor in 1978, and they released his debut album, Alive on Arrival that year. Allmusic noted that it earned acclaim for its taut, poetic lyrics. Even though the sleeve of his second album Jackrabbit Slim stated that Romeos Tune is dedicated to the memory of Florence Ballard and she wasnt really taken care of by the music business, which is not a new story. The signature piano part on Romeos Tune was played by former Elvis Presley pianist Bobby Ogdin, Jackrabbit Slim was recorded completely live at Quadrophonic Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, and produced by John Simon, who had worked with The Band. On any comparison to Bob Dylan, Forbert said, You cant pay any attention to that and it was just a cliché back then, and its nothing I take seriously. Im off the hook — I dont have to be smarter than everybody else, Jackrabbit Slim peaked at No.54 in the UK Albums Chart. Forbert also had an appearance in Cyndi Laupers Girls Just Want To Have Fun video. In 1984, Forbert had a disagreement with his record company, the record was shelved, and contractual issues prevented Forbert from recording for a number of years afterwards. His The American in Me follow-up in 1992 was praised as equally strong, Forbert has made music steadily ever since, writing songs and singing them, on CDs and on the road. His songs have been recorded by artists, including Rosanne Cash, Keith Urban, Marty Stuart. After many successful years, Forbert sought out new inspiration and found it when he relocated to Nashville in 1985, Forberts tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Any Old Time, was nominated for a 2004 Grammy in the best traditional folk category. In 2006, he was inducted into the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame, the same year, Forberts music was featured in the film, Margot at the Wedding starring Nicole Kidman. Forbert has written new music in support of the Occupy Wall St. movement as well as re-releasing some of his recordings on CD. One of his latest artistic adventures is photography, using an old LG phone, an exhibit of his cell phone photographs opened at the Tinney Contemporary Art Gallery in Nashville in September,2011. He has released a series of recordings, including his most recent release, musical backing on the record included Ben Sollee on cello and bass, with Ben Harper guesting on guitar on several tracks. Reviews have been strong, with American Songwriter stating it’s all lovely, melancholy, lyrically moving, Steve Forbert released a music video, Sandy, to raise awareness about the storm and its aftermathSteve Forbert – Steve Forbert performing on July 12, 2008
22. Mickey Gilley – Mickey Leroy Gilley is an American country music singer and musician. Among his biggest hits are Room Full of Roses, Dont the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time, and he is a cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl McVoy, Jim Gilley and Jimmy Swaggart. Gilley is a son of Arthur Fillmore Gilley and Irene Gilley in Natchez, for many years, Gilley lived in the shadow of his well-known cousin, Jerry Lee Lewis, a successful rock and roll singer and musician in the 1950s and early 60s. Gilley grew up just across the Mississippi River from where Lewis grew up, Gilley, Lewis, and their cousin Jimmy Swaggart played together as children, and Lewis taught them his piano style. They sang both boogie-woogie and Gospel music, but Gilley did not become a singer until Lewis hit the top of the charts in the 1950s. Gilley then cut a few singles and played sessions in New Orleans with producer Huey Meaux and his a record Call Me Shorty on the Dot label sold well in 1958. In the 1960s, he played at clubs and bars, gaining a following at the Nesadel Club in Pasadena. Paula Records released Gilleys first album, Down the Line, in 1967 and 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 and it later became known as the worlds biggest honky tonk. Gilleys Club and its mechanical bull was portrayed in the 1980 film Urban Cowboy and he shared Gilleys Club with Sherwood Cryer, who asked Gilley to re-open his former bar with him. The club portion of Gilleys burned in 1990, and the arena portion was razed in 2005 to make way for a school. The song was released by Astro Records that year, and then Playboy Records got a hold of the single, from then on, Gilley was signed to Playboy Records working with his long-time friend Eddie Kilroy. Room Full of Roses became the song that put Gilley on national radar, hitting the top of the Country charts that year. Room Full of Roses today remains as one of his signature songs and he had a string of top tens and No. Some of these hits were cover versions of songs, including the Bill Anderson song City Lights, George Jones Window Up Above and he remained a popular Country act for the rest of the 1970s. Other hits in the 1970s include Chains of Love, Honky Tonk Memories, Shes Pulling Me Back Again and these songs were a mix of honky tonk and countrypolitan that brought Gilley to the top of the charts in the 1970s. However, a new breed of singers were entering Country Music and these singers were Country-crossover artists that brought Country success with them onto the pop charts. These singers include Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Olivia Newton-John, Barbara Mandrell, in order to compete with these new breed of Country singers, Gilley had to sound like them and have that kind of country-pop success that these singers were havingMickey 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 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
24. 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