Musicians From Mississippi

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Mississippi has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include Britney Spears, Brandy Norwood, Sam Cooke, B.B. King, Jimmy Buffett and others.
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Sam Cooke
(Singer-songwriter)
Sam Cooke
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Birthdate: January 22, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: December 11, 1964
The King of Soul Sam Cooke is best remembered for his hits A Change is Gonna Come, You Send Me, and Wonderful World. He began singing gospel as a child and later joined The Soul Stirrers. He was shot and killed by a motel manager in Los Angeles. 
 2 
Robert Johnson
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Birthdate: May 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 16, 1938

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson is remembered as a Delta blues legend. Lack of proper documentation of his early life led to various legends surrounding him, such as one that claimed he had made a deal with the Devil to excel in music. He also inspired an award-winning biography. 

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B.B. King
(Singer-songwriter)
B.B. King
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Birthdate: September 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 14, 2015
Known as “The King of the Blues,” legendary musician B. B. King introduced a signature style of soloing using string bending and vibrato. His song The Thrill is Gone won him a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. He was featured on Rolling Stone’s “100 greatest guitarists of all time” list.
 4 
Muddy Waters
(Musician)
Muddy Waters
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Birthdate: April 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 30, 1983
Grammy-winning blues singer McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, is considered the father of modern Chicago blues. He is remembered for his tracks Hoochie Coochie Man and Rollin' Stone, with the latter inspiring the name of the band The Rolling Stones. He shaped the rock and roll genre.
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Britney Spears
(Singer-Songwriter)
Britney Spears
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Birthdate: December 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Internationally recognised American singer, songwriter and actress, Britney Spears entered the entertainment industry at an early age and later became highly successful as a solo artist with her albums, Baby One More Time, and Oops!…I Did It Again. The Princess of Pop has since released a number of albums and dabbled with acting. Her personal life has also garnered frequent media attention.

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Bo Diddley
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer)
Bo Diddley
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Birthdate: December 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 2, 2008
 7 
Brandy Norwood
(Singer-Songwriter and Actress Know for Her Single ‘The Boy Is Mine’ and Her Role in the Sitcom 'Moesha')
Brandy Norwood
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Birthdate: February 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius

The singer of chartbuster songs like The Boy Is Mine, I Wanna be Down and Sittin' Up in My Room, Brandy Norwood is known for her raspy and husky voice. Most of her songs are about love, relationships and heartache. She was involved in a car accident in 2006, leading to multiple lawsuits, which were eventually settled out of court.

 8 
John Lee Hooker
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer)
John Lee Hooker
4
Birthdate: August 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 21, 2001
 9 
LeAnn Rimes
(Country Music Singer Who Topped the Charts at age 13 for Her Single ‘Blue’)
LeAnn Rimes
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Birthdate: August 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
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
 10 
Diplo
(Co-Creator and Lead Member of the Electronic Dancehall Music Project ‘Major Lazer’)
Diplo
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Birthdate: November 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Rapper, producer, and DJ Diplo is part of the duo Jack U, with Skrillex, and of the supergroup LSD, with Labrinth and Sia. He is also a co-creator of the electronic dance-music trio Major Lazer, with DJs Ape Drums and Walshy Fire. He owns a record company and a non-profit.
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Jimmy Buffett
(Musician)
Jimmy Buffett
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Birthdate: December 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn

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.

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Faith Hill
(One of the Most Successful Country Music Artists of All Time)
Faith Hill
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Birthdate: September 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.
 13 
Albert King
(Singer-songwriter, Basketball player, Musician, Guitarist)
Albert King
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Birthdate: April 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 21, 1992
 14 
Charley Pride
(Country Singer and One of Three African-American Members of the 'Grand Ole Opr')
Charley Pride
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Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
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.
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Conway Twitty
(Country Singer-Songwriter Known for His Hit Songs 'Hello Darlin' and ‘You've Never Been This Far Before’)
Conway Twitty
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Birthdate: September 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 5, 1993
Country singer Harold Lloyd Jenkins, better known as Conway Twitty, gained fame with his duets with Loretta Lynn. The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee released chartbusting singles such as Hello Darlin. He constructed an entertainment hub in Hendersonville, Tennessee, called Twitty City. He was also a skilled baseball player.
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Willie Dixon
(Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Record producer)
Willie Dixon
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Birthdate: July 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 29, 1992
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Tammy Wynette
(Singer-songwriter)
Tammy Wynette
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Birthdate: May 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 6, 1998
Country singer Tammy Wynette, named the First Lady of Country Music, is best remembered for the track Stand by Your Man. She remains one of the best-selling female country artists of all time. She was also married to country singer George Jones, which made them a musical power couple.
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Marty Stuart
(Known for His Combination of Rockabilly, Country Rock, and Bluegrass Music Influences in His Songs)
Marty Stuart
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Birthdate: September 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra

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.

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Bobbie Gentry
(Singer-Songwriter)
Bobbie Gentry
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Birthdate: July 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
 20 
Elmore James
(Guitarist)
Elmore James
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Birthdate: January 27, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 24, 1963
 21 
Howlin' Wolf
(Singer)
Howlin' Wolf
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Birthdate: June 10, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 10, 1976
 22 
Ike Turner
(Soul-Music Star and Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer)
Ike Turner
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Birthdate: November 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 12, 2007
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Chris LeDoux
(Singer-songwriter)
Chris LeDoux
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Birthdate: October 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: March 9, 2005
 24 
Jimmie Rodgers
(Singer-songwriter and musician)
Jimmie Rodgers
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Birthdate: September 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 26, 1933
 25 
Otis Rush
(Left-handed blues guitarist who released the singles "I Can't Quit You Baby," "Double Trouble," and "Groaning the Blues.")
Otis Rush
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Birthdate: April 29, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: September 29, 2018
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Big K.R.I.T.
(Rapper)
Big K.R.I.T.
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Birthdate: August 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Jimmy Hart
(American Professional Wrestling Manager)
Jimmy Hart
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Birthdate: January 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Known to his fans as The Mouth of the South, Jimmy Hart is a popular wrestling manage who works for WWE. As a teenager, he had joined the 60s’ band The Gentrys, which released the Billboard-charting track Keep on Dancing. He has also been the man behind many wrestlers’ entrance themes.

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Hubert Sumlin
(Musician)
Hubert Sumlin
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Birthdate: November 16, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 4, 2011
 29 
Olu Dara
(cornetist)
Olu Dara
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Birthdate: January 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 30 
Lester Young
(Musician)
Lester Young
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Birthdate: August 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 15, 1959
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Tommy Aldridge
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Birthdate: August 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
 32 
Alexander O'Neal
(Singer-Songwriter)
Alexander O'Neal
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Birthdate: November 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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R.L. Burnside
(American singer)
R.L. Burnside
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Birthdate: November 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 1, 2005
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Mississippi John Hurt
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Birthdate: March 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: November 2, 1966
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 35 
Van Dyke Parks
(Musician)
Van Dyke Parks
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Birthdate: January 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Jimmy Reed
(Former blues musician and songwriter)
Jimmy Reed
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Birthdate: September 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 29, 1976
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Glen Ballard
(Record producer, Songwriter)
Glen Ballard
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Birthdate: May 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
 38 
William Grant Still
(Composer who became the first black man to conduct a major orchestra)
William Grant Still
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Birthdate: May 11, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 3, 1978
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Ernie Terrell
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Birthdate: April 4, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: December 16, 2014
 40 
Pops Staples
(Musician)
Pops Staples
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Birthdate: December 28, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 19, 2000
 41 
Tommy Johnson
(American musician)
Tommy Johnson
2
Birthdate: 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: November 1, 1956
 42 
Delaney Bramlett
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Birthdate: July 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 27, 2008
 43 
Jimmy Rogers
(Singer)
Jimmy Rogers
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Birthdate: June 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 19, 1997
 44 
David Kimbrough
(Musician)
David Kimbrough
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Birthdate: July 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 17, 1998
 45 
Pinetop Perkins
(Jazz Pianist)
Pinetop Perkins
2
Birthdate: July 7, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 21, 2011
 46 
Hank Jones
(Musician)
Hank Jones
2
Birthdate: July 31, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: May 16, 2010
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Keith Carlock
(Drummer Who was Voted as Best Pop, Fusion, & All-Around Drummer in Modern Drummer's 2009 Readers Poll)
Keith Carlock
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Birthdate: November 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Hound Dog Taylor
(Guitarist, Singer)
Hound Dog Taylor
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Birthdate: April 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: December 17, 1975
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Matt Barlow
(Heavy metal singer who is lead singer for Ashes of Ares and former lead singer of Iced Earth and Pyramaze)
Matt Barlow
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Birthdate: March 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Milan Williams
(Keyboardist)
Milan Williams
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Birthdate: March 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: July 9, 2006