Famous American Country Singers

If you too believe that there is no greater pleasure than drowning yourself in classic tunes and lilting lyrics and absolutely swear by old-timey country music throbbing with fiddle, guitar, and banjo, then you will totally lap up the lives, feats, and deeds of some of America's most renowned and lauded country singers here. Now whether you dig for the '20s rowdy and bawdy kind of melody or are just all big for the entertaining, down-home '30s or just love grooving to the more contemporary country music, we have the best singers across the years covered for you here. These were the legendary country-singing folks who resonated the rural, working class experiences with lilting charm. These singers evoked reminiscences of country with their instrumentation, themes, and robust down-south twang. Johnny Cash, Bob Wills, Buck Owens, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and Patsy Cline are some of the most celebrated American country singers to have strummed a chord with their audience. Trail the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts in the biographies of famous American country singers here.

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 1 Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 12, 2003

Johnny Cash, the American singer, songwriter and actor, was known for sorrow, moral suffering and redemption themes in his music. His genre was country, rock and roll, blues, folk and gospel sounds and he is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Cash had issues with drinking and drug abuse. Later he was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease.

 2 Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 1977
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, winner of 3 Grammys, and pioneer of the Pelvis move, Elvis Presley was a musical phenomenon of the 20th century. Known for his humbleness, love for God and devotion to his country, Presley had numerous gold, platinum and multi-platinum records to his credit, including 18 number 1 hits and 38 top ten hits.

 3 Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Multifaceted personality, Dolly Parton is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, author and businesswoman and is known mainly for her work in country music. She has received various accolades and awards in her very successful singing career spanning several decades and has composed over 3,000 songs. She has also worked in several movies and is a prolific songwriter.

 4 Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Carrie Underwood is an American singer-songwriter and one of the best female country music singers of all time. Dubbed Country Music's reigning Queen, Underwood has influenced several other singers, such as Kelsea Ballerini, Lucy Hale, Lauren Alaina, Mollie King, and Danielle Bradbery. In 2014, she was named on Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.

 5 Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American pop and country music singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift is a multiple Grammy award winning artist who has inspired a number of hopeful musicians. A talented artist since a young age, she achieved success with her first single and debut album in 2006. Since then, the Fearless star has not looked back and also made her acting debut in 2009.

 6 Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 20, 2020

Kenny Rogers was an American singer-songwriter. He is among the best-selling musicians of all-time list, having sold over 100 million records. His songs and albums remain influential among country music lovers. A multi-talented personality, Rogers was also successful as an actor and entrepreneur; he was the co-founder of the Kenny Rogers Roasters chain of restaurants.

 7 Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
The Queen of Country Reba McEntire initially performed with the family band the Singing McEntires. She was discovered by Red Steagall and has since delivered 24 number one singles and 16 number one albums. She has won 12 American Music Awards for Favorite Country Female Artist, the highest to date.
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 8 Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

One of the world's best-selling music artists ever, Linda Ronstadt has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She performed in diverse genres, including Latin, light opera, rock, and country. She is also one of the most decorated female music artists of all time, having won prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

 9 Christopher Stapleton

Christopher Stapleton
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Five-time Grammy-winning country artist Chris Stapleton is best known for hits such as Parachute. He has also co-written tracks such as Kenny Chesney's Never Wanted Nothing More. Before going solo, he was part of the bands The SteelDrivers and The Jompson Brothers. His music blends country with bluegrass and soul.

 10 Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 11 Billy Ray Cyrus

Billy Ray Cyrus
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Famous As: American singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Billy Ray Cyrus’s song Achy Breaky Heart was the first triple-platinum single in Australia. Its music video made the line dance a trend. Billy has eight top-10 Billboard Hot Country charters. His debut album, Some Gave All, spent the longest time by any debut artist on Billboard 200.

 12 Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Two-time Grammy-winning country singer Miranda Lambert is known for her hit album Platinum and the track Automatic. She was placed third in the singing contest Nashville Star. She has won more Academy of Country Music Awards than any artist. Her organization MuttNation Foundation works for rehabilitation of rescue animals.

 13 Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Country singer Kacey Musgraves has won six Grammys, including one for her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. She had started as part of the children’s country duo Texas Two Bits and explored a solo career later. She has also appeared on the singing reality show Nashville Star.

 14 Luke Combs

Luke Combs
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Luke Combs is an American singer-songwriter. The two studio albums, which he has released so far, have produced nine number-one songs on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. In his relatively short country music career so far, Luke Combs has had a major impact by winning prestigious awards, such as Country Music Association Awards and Academy of Country Music Awards.

 15 Jennette McCurdy

Jennette McCurdy
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Famous As: Actress & Singer
Birthdate: June 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

An American actress, singer, songwriter, filmmaker, writer, and YouTuber, Jennette McCurdy is truly an inspiration to several young girls and women; despite suffering from conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder, anorexia, and bulimia, McCurdy has managed to establish herself as a successful entertainer. As a writer, she has contributed immensely to publications like The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Seventeen.

 16 Kane Brown

Kane Brown
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 21, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

An American singer and songwriter, Kane Brown first came into prominence as a social media celebrity, thereby inspiring several social media users all over the world. In 2017, he became the first artist whose music peaked at number one positions on all five principal Billboard country charts simultaneously.

 17 Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline
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Famous As: Country Singer
Birthdate: September 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: March 5, 1963

Patsy Cline was an American singer widely regarded as one of 20th century's most influential, celebrated, and respected vocalists. Her singing style helped influence several artists and musical genres. She also helped define the Nashville Sound style associated with country music. She has been a major influence on artists, such as Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Linda Ronstadt, and Dottie West.

 18 Jewel

Jewel
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 19 Maren Morris

Maren Morris
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: April 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Maren Morris is an American record producer, singer, and songwriter. Many of her songs and albums have performed well on Billboard charts; her album Hero peaked at the fifth position on Billboard 200. As a songwriter, Maren Morris has contributed to the success of several songs recorded by artists like Kelly Clarkson, Tim McGraw, Jessie James Decker, and Aubrey Peeples.

 20 Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow
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Famous As: Musician, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Sheryl Crow is an American musician, actress, and singer-songwriter. Over the years, Crow has contributed to several film soundtracks, including the iconic theme song for the popular James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies. After being diagnosed with intraductal carcinoma, a form of breast cancer, Sheryl Crow opened the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center by joining hands with her surgeon Kristi Funk.

 21 Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 12, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Kelsea Ballerini is an American singer and songwriter. Ballerini became the first female artist since Carrie Underwood in 2006 to have her debut single top the Country Airplay chart. Kelsea Ballerini is the recipient of several prestigious awards, such as CMT Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, and Teen Choice Awards.

 22 Faith Hill

Faith Hill
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Famous As: Country Singer
Birthdate: September 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Country music legend Faith Hill is best known for her hits This Kiss and Breathe. Her track There You'll Be was part of the Pearl Harbor soundtrack. She has won five Grammys and 15 ACM Awards and has appeared in movies such as Dixieland and The Stepford Wives.

 23 Sasha Pieterse

Sasha Pieterse
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: February 17, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Sasha Pieterse is an actress, songwriter, and singer. She is best known for playing Alison DiLaurentis in the popular mystery thriller TV series, Pretty Little Liars. Also known for her dancing skills, Pieterse took part in the season 25 of Dancing with the Stars where she finished tenth.  In 2019, Pieterse helped build houses by working with Habitat for Humanity.

 24 Mickie James

Mickie James
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler, Model
Birthdate: August 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Wrestler Mickie James, who is associated with WWE’s Raw brand, was initially known in the wrestling circuit as Alexis Laree. She has worked for NWA: TNA and was part of the stable The Gathering. The five-time WWE Women's Champion has also released several hit country tracks, such as Shooting Blanks.

 25 Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

A nine-time Grammy Award nominee, Blake Shelton is a popular American country music singer. Described as one of the biggest stars of country music over the past decade, Blake Shelton was made an Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee in 2014. Prominent singer-songwriters, such as Sheryl Crow, have named Blake as their inspiration. Blake Shelton is also a well-known philanthropist.

 26 Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 27 Cherilyn Sarkisian

Cherilyn Sarkisian
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
The “Goddess of Pop” Cher began her career with the folk-rock duo Sonny & Cher. She also appeared on Broadway and delivered an Oscar-winning performance in the film Moonstruck. Her track Believe was the biggest-selling single by a female artist in the U.K. and popularized the auto-tune, or "Cher effect.”

 28 Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore
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Birthdate: April 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Mandy Moore is a popular singer, songwriter, and actress who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Apart from her entertainment career, Moore is a known philanthropist who endorses the philosophy of effective altruism. In 2017, she was an active participant at the Los Angeles Women's March.

 29 Crystal Gayle

Crystal Gayle
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 9, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Country-pop crossover singer Crystal Gayle is best known for her Billboard-topping track Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue and her Hot 100-charting single Talking in Your Sleep. She also gained fame for her signature floor-length hair and was named to Country Music Television’s 40 Greatest Women of Country Music.

 30 Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: October 4, 1970

Best known for her powerful mezzo-soprano voice, Janis Joplin was one of the most successful rock stars of her era. Before dying at the age of 27, she achieved so much that Rolling Stone magazine included her in its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list in 2004 and 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2008.

 31 Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Country singer Thomas Rhett, son of singer Rhett Akins, has delivered countless chartbusting tracks such as Crash and Burn, Unforgettable, and It Goes Like This. The Grammy-nominated singer has also won honors such as the BMI Award, the Billboard Music Award, and the Academy of Country Music Award.

 32 Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Popularly known as the Demon of Screamin, Steven Tyler is the lead singer of the famous rock band Aerosmith. Known for his high-energy performances, Tyler is named in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Singers. Also a well-known philanthropist, Tyler launched a non-profit organization called Janie's Fund and has helped raise more than $2.4 million for the organization.

 33 Gabby Barrett

Gabby Barrett
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 5, 2000
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 34 Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: June 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Lionel Richie is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and composer whose work with the band Commodores and his solo career established him as a successful balladeer of the 1980s. Having sold more than 90 million records, Lionel Richie is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. Also a philanthropist, Richie helped raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 35 Troyal Garth Brooks

Troyal Garth Brooks
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Famous As: American singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

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.

 36 Brad Douglas Paisley

Brad Douglas Paisley
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Famous As: American singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Brad Douglas Paisley is an American singer-songwriter. One of the most decorated male country music singers of the current generation, Paisley has won multiple American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and Academy of Country Music Awards. Brad Paisley is also known for his skills as a guitarist and one particular model of guitar is named after him.

 37 Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: February 3, 1959

Musician and singer-songwriter Buddy Holly was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. Born to a musical family, he learned to sing and play the guitar as a child. He began his career as a teenager and found much success within a short period. Sadly, he died in an aircraft crash when he was just 22 years old.

 38 Laura Benanti

Laura Benanti
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 39 Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: April 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 6, 1988
Six-time Grammy-winner Texan rocker Roy Orbison gained fame with songs such as Oh, Pretty Woman and Drove All Night. His shyness and stage fright made him dye his hair black and wear sunglasses. The "Caruso of Rock" was part of the Traveling Wilburys, along with legends such as Bob Dylan.

 40 Jennifer Nettles

Jennifer Nettles
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: September 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 41 Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 14, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Loretta Lynn is an American singer known for her groundbreaking contribution to country music. In a career spanning six decades, she has released multiple gold albums and has won Grammy Award thrice. Apart from being the most decorated female country singer, Loretta is also the only female Academy of Country Music (ACM) Artist of the Decade (the 1970s).

 42 Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Jimmy Buffett is an American musician, singer-songwriter, actor, author, and businessman. Buffett, who owns the Margaritaville Cafe chain of restaurants, is one of the richest musicians in the world. Also known for his charity work, Jimmy Buffett is credited with founding a non-profit group called Save the Manatee Club, which works towards the conservation of manatees.

 43 Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson
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Famous As: Gospel Musician
Birthdate: October 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Singer and songwriter Alan Jackson is famous for popularizing the “neotraditional country” genre of music that has elements of traditional honky-tonk and mainstream country-pop sounds. Having sold over 75 million records worldwide, he is one of the best-selling music artists of all-time. In 2017, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 44 Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 29, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Four-time Grammy-winner Jerry Lee Lewis, nicknamed “The Killer,” is best known for his track Great Balls of Fire. A controversy surrounding his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra destroyed his career. Named to Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, he was also part of the Million Dollar Quartet.

 45 Randy Travis

Randy Travis
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Famous As: Country & Gospel Singer
Birthdate: May 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Randy Travis is a country music singer and songwriter. He is widely regarded as an important figure in country music history and his debut studio album Storms of Life played a major role in the neotraditional country movement. Randy Travis has sold more than 25 million records and has several prestigious awards under his belt.

 46 Shawnee Smith

Shawnee Smith
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Actress and singer, Shawnee Smith, is best known for her role of Amanda Young in the Saw horror franchise. She began acting as a child and joined the Screen Actors Guild when she was just nine. Making her feature film debut as a young teenager, she went on to establish herself as a popular character actress in the ensuing years. 

 47 Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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.

 48 Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings
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Famous As: Singers
Birthdate: June 15, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 13, 2002
Waylon Jennings was one of the pioneers of outlaw country music. He began performing on KVOW radio, at age 12, and then performed with several bands, such as The Texas Longhorns, The Waylors, and The Highwaymen. He also contributed to Wanted! The Outlaws, the first platinum country album. 

 49 LeAnn Rimes

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Famous As: Country Singer
Birthdate: August 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Two-time Grammy-winning country singer LeAnn Rimes gained fame for her cover of the Bill Mack track Blue at 13. Apart from her multi-platinum debut album, Rimes is also known for the track How Do I Live, which was declared the most successful song of the 1990s by Billboard

 50 Toby Keith

Toby Keith
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: July 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American