Famous 20th Century Country Musicians

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 1 Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: April 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Billstown, Arkansas, United States
Died: August 8, 2017

Glen Campbell was an American TV host, actor, singer-songwriter, and guitarist. Regarded as one of the most successful musicians ever, Campbell sold more than 45 million records, which included a double-platinum album, four platinum albums, and 12 gold albums, in a career spanning 50 years. In 2014, he became the subject of a documentary titled Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me.

 2 Troyal Garth Brooks

Troyal Garth Brooks
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Troyal Garth Brooks is an American singer-songwriter. Having sold over 170 million records worldwide, Brooks is one of the best-selling musicians in the world. He is also the best-selling solo albums musician in the US. Also known for his charitable activities, Garth Brooks established the Teammates for Kids Foundation in 1999, which provides financial support to charities for kids.

 3 Keith Richards

Keith Richards
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dartford, Kent, England, United Kingdom

Keith Richards is a musician and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular rock bands ever, The Rolling Stones. Also a guitarist, he was ranked fourth on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 best guitarists list in 2011. Richards' look and characterization inspired the character of Captain Teague who appears in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

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 4 Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oildale, California, United States
Died: April 6, 2016
Country singer Merle Haggard initially gained fame performing with The Strangers. He had several brushes with the law in his younger days, before he launched his music career. His songs reflected the angst of the working class. He won several accolades, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

 5 Hank Williams Jr.

Hank Williams Jr.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States

Hank Williams Jr. is a musician and singer-songwriter. Although he initially gained fame for imitating his father Hank Williams' style, he later established his own style, winning several awards like Grammy Awards. In 2017, he was included in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time list. In 2020, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  

 6 Vince Gill

Vince Gill
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: April 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma, United States

Vince Gill is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. He currently holds the record for the most number of Grammy Awards won by a male country music artist with 22 awards under his belt. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Vince Gill also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

 7 Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond
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Famous As: Singer, Actor, Television actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ogden

Marie Osmond is an American singer, talk show host, author, actress, and philanthropist. A multi-talented individual, Osmond has been equally successful as a singer and actress. She is also credited with co-founding a non-profit organization called Children's Miracle Network which aims at improving the lives of children by raising money for children's hospitals across North America.

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 8 Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Champaign, Illinois, United States

 9 Charley Pride

Charley Pride
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sledge, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 12, 2020
Charley Pride was an American professional baseball player, guitarist, and singer. During the 1970s, Pride became the best-selling singer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. In his illustrious career, Pride won many awards including three American Music Awards and four Grammy Awards. In 2000, Pride was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 10 Jimmy Dean

Jimmy Dean
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plainview, Texas, United States
Died: June 13, 2010
Jimmy Dean was an American television host, country music singer, businessman, and actor. He is credited with creating and popularizing a food company named Jimmy Dean Foods. He was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, although he was still alive when he was nominated for the honor in 2010.

 11 Michael Nesmith

Michael Nesmith
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Famous As: Musician, Singer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Film actor, Stage actor, Television actor, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston

 12 George Jones

George Jones
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Famous As: Musician, singer, and songwriter
Birthdate: September 12, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saratoga, Texas, United States
Died: April 26, 2013

George Jones was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Renowned for his distinctive voice and phrasing, George Jones was widely regarded as the greatest living country singer during the last 20 years of his life. Jones is also remembered for staying painstakingly loyal to country music throughout his life. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.

 13 Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: March 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: September 1, 2008

Jerry Reed was an American guitarist, country music singer, songwriter, composer, and actor. He won three Grammy Awards and two Country Music Association awards during his illustrious career. In 2017, he was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Jerry Reed was also inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

 14 Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

 15 Toby Keith

Toby Keith
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clinton, Oklahoma, United States

Toby Keith is a record producer, country music singer, songwriter, and actor. He is credited with founding a record label named Show Dog Nashville which was renamed Show Dog-Universal Music in 2009 after merging with Universal South Records. Also a philanthropist, Keith supports many non-profit organizations like Ally's House. In 2021, he was honored with the National Medal of Arts.

 16 John Prine

John Prine
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maywood, Illinois, United States
Died: April 7, 2020

 17 Tanya Tucker

Tanya Tucker
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seminole, Texas, United States

 18 Josh Kelley

Josh Kelley
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Actor, Songwriter, Composer, Singer
Birthdate: January 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Augusta

 19 David Allan Coe

David Allan Coe
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Singer
Birthdate: September 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Akron

David Allan Coe is a singer-songwriter who played a major role in the prosperity of the '1970s' outlaw country scene. Coe, who initially gained prominence for busking, had spent his early life in prisons and reform schools. He then came up with hit songs like Take This Job and Shove It, which inspired the 1981 film of the same name.

 20 Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Musician, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: November 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida, United States
Died: September 19, 1973

 21 GG Allin

GG Allin
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Famous As: Musician, Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lancaster
Died: June 28, 1993
Punk rock artist and drummer GG Allin is best remembered for his controversial live performances, which involved acts like self-mutilation, and his themes of violence. He was also arrested for assaulting his audience members. He vowed to commit suicide on stage, multiple times, but eventually died of a drug overdose. 

 22 Keith Whitley

Keith Whitley
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ashland, Kentucky, United States
Died: May 9, 1989

Keith Whitley was an American singer whose career was cut short by his sudden death at the age of 34. Before his death, due to alcohol intoxication, Whitley recorded two albums, which spawned 12 chart-busting singles. His third and final studio album was released posthumously.

 23 Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Albemarle, North Carolina, United States

 24 Steve Earle

Steve Earle
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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hampton, Virginia United States

Rock, country, and folk singer-songwriter, Steve Earle, developed an early interest in music and started his career when he was a teenager. Rebellious as a young man, he went through his share of struggles before he was able to establish himself successfully as a singer. Also a political activist, he is a vocal opponent of capital punishment. 

 25 Eric Church

Eric Church
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

 26 Roy Clark

Roy Clark
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Meherrin, Virginia, United States
Died: November 15, 2018

 27 Randy Meisner

Randy Meisner
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Famous As: Retired American musician, singer, songwriter and founding member of the Eagles
Birthdate: March 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scottsbluff, Nebraska, United States

 28 Marty Stuart

Marty Stuart
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Mississippi, United States

Marty Stuart is an American bluegrass and country music singer, musician, and songwriter. Renowned for his combination of country rock, rockabilly, and bluegrass music style, Stuart has won five Grammy Awards so far. Marty Stuart is currently among the board members of the Country Music Foundation. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2020.

 29 Timothy B. Schmit

Timothy B. Schmit
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

 30 Mindy McCready

Mindy McCready
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Famous As: Platinum-selling country music singer who is known for albums like 1996's Ten Thousand Angels
Birthdate: November 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida, United States
Died: February 17, 2013

 31 Clint Black

Clint Black
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States

Clint Black is an American record producer, multi-instrumentalist, musician, country music singer, songwriter, and actor. He is credited with founding a record label named Equity Music Group in 2003. Over the years, he has won many awards, including five Academy of Country Music awards and two Country Music Association awards.

 32 Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Dierks Bentley is a country music singer and songwriter who has won many prestigious awards, such as the Country Music Association Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards. Over the years, he has also headlined many tours, including the Riser Tour, Sounds of Summer Tour, and Somewhere on a Beach Tour. 

 33 Naomi Judd

Naomi Judd
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Famous As: Nurse, Motivational speaker, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: January 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ashland

 34 Martina McBride

Martina McBride
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sharon, Kansas, United States

 35 Natalie Maines

Natalie Maines
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: October 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States

 36 Buck Owens

Buck Owens
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sherman, Texas, United States
Died: March 25, 2006

 37 Gene Autry

Gene Autry
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Famous As: Actor and singer known as The Singing Cowboy for his appearances in ninety-three movies and ninety-one TV productions
Birthdate: September 29, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tioga, Texas, United States
Died: October 2, 1998

 38 Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

 39 Don Williams

Don Williams
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Floydada, Texas, United States
Died: September 8, 2017

 40 Jimmie Allen

Jimmie Allen
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milton, Delaware, United States

 41 Johnny Van Zant

Johnny Van Zant
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.

 42 Ashley McBryde

Ashley McBryde
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waldron, Arkansas, United States

Ashley McBryde is an American singer-songwriter who was adjudged New Artist of the Year at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards. The same year, she was also named New Female Vocalist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

 43 Jessi Colter

Jessi Colter
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Famous As: Country Singer
Birthdate: May 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

 44 Jim Reeves

Jim Reeves
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galloway, Texas, United States
Died: July 31, 1964

 45 Chet Atkins

Chet Atkins
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Famous As: Guitarist, Jazz musician, Record producer, Jazz guitarist, Classical guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Luttrell
Died: June 30, 2001

 46 Sara Evans

Sara Evans
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boonville, Missouri, United States

 47 Rhett Akins

Rhett Akins
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Famous As: Country singer and musician who released the 1996 #1 single "Don't Get Me Started."
Birthdate: October 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Valdosta, Georgia, United States

 48 Hillary Scott

Hillary Scott
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Famous As: singer-songwriter, songwriter, singer
Birthdate: April 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nashville

Hillary Scott is a singer and songwriter. She is credited with co-founding the popular American country music group Lady A for which she currently serves as the co-lead singer. Over the years, Scott has played a major role in the success of the group, which has won many awards like the Academy of Country Music Awards and American Country Awards. 

 49 Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States

 50 Bernie Leadon

Bernie Leadon
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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Banjoist, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Surfer, Mandolinist, Guitarist
Birthdate: July 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minneapolis