Singers From Mississippi

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Mississippi has produced a number of Singers who have made it big. These include Elvis Presley, Britney Spears, Brandy Norwood, Jamie Lynn Spears, Sam Cooke and others.
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Elvis Presley
(One of the Most Significant Cultural Icons of the 20th Century and 'The King of Rock and Roll')
Elvis Presley
149
Birthdate: January 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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.
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Britney Spears
(Singer-Songwriter)
Britney Spears
192
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.

 3 
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. 
 4 
Rick Ross
(Rapper, Songwriter)
Rick Ross
74
Birthdate: January 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Named the "Hottest MC in the Game" in 2012 by MTV, Rick Ross soared to fame with his first single, Hustlin. He launched the label Maybach Music Group and once owned several Wingstop restaurant outlets. He is also known for his feuds and legal issues with other artists.
 5 
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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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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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 
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
 9 
Hayley Williams
(Pop Singer)
Hayley Williams
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Birthdate: December 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Hayley Williams is best known as a vocalist of the Grammy-winning pop punk and rock band Paramore. She also contributed to the soundtrack of Jennifer’s Body and released the Billboard-charting singles Airplanes and Airplanes, Part II. She owns a hair-dye company and has launched the online beauty/music series Kiss-Off.
 10 
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.
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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.
 12 
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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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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Ray J
(Singer)
Ray J
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Birthdate: January 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn

American rapper, singer-songwriter, and controversial figure Ray J made headlines for reasons other than what he is usually known for when he introduced a line of electronics to the US market after founding Raytroniks Inc. Among the products, the Scoot-E-Bike brand grew exponentially and had an impact on the American bike market. 

 15 
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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Lance Bass
(Singer)
Lance Bass
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Birthdate: May 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Lance Bass is best known as a member of the 1990s’ boy band NSYNC. He owns a production company and had once formed a music management firm. He came out as gay on People magazine, was awarded the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award, and has authored a bestselling memoir.  
 17 
Leontyne Price
(The First African-American Opera Singer to Achieve International Fame)
Leontyne Price
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Birthdate: February 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Multiple Grammy-winning legendary opera singer and musical diva Leontyne Price became the first singer of African-American origin who achieved international fame in opera. She soared to fame with her appearance in the TV production of Tosca and later performed at iconic venues, such as London’s Royal Opera House.

 18 
David Ruffin
(Singer)
David Ruffin
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Birthdate: January 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 1, 1991
 19 
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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Jamie Lynn Spears
(Actress & Singer)
Jamie Lynn Spears
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Birthdate: April 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries

American singer and actress Jamie Lynn Spears started her career as a child artist working in several television series. Later she veered into the world of music when in 2013 she released her debut single How Could I Want More. She has also acted in television series like Sweet Magnolias. She courted controversy in 2007 for being pregnant at the age of 16.

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Mary Wilson
(Singer, musician, autobiographer)
Mary Wilson
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Birthdate: March 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Bobbie Gentry
(Singer-Songwriter)
Bobbie Gentry
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Birthdate: July 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
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Howlin' Wolf
(Singer)
Howlin' Wolf
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Birthdate: June 10, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 10, 1976
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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
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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
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John Lee Hooker
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer)
John Lee Hooker
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Birthdate: August 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 21, 2001
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Jimmie Rodgers
(Singer-songwriter and musician)
Jimmie Rodgers
3
Birthdate: September 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 26, 1933
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Jimmy Hart
(American Professional Wrestling Manager)
Jimmy Hart
3
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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Big K.R.I.T.
(Rapper)
Big K.R.I.T.
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Birthdate: August 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
 30 
Albert King
(Singer-songwriter, Basketball player, Musician, Guitarist)
Albert King
5
Birthdate: April 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 21, 1992
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Cleotha Staples
5
Birthdate: April 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 21, 2013

The eldest child of The Staple Singers patriarch, Roebuck "Pops" Staples, Cleotha Staples was part of her family gospel group’s eight US top 40 hits. After facing racism, while they toured around performing, Cleotha and her group ventured into Black protest music. Respect Yourself was one of their Billboard-charting tracks.

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Olu Dara
(cornetist)
Olu Dara
3
Birthdate: January 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 33 
Alexander O'Neal
(Singer-Songwriter)
Alexander O'Neal
4
Birthdate: November 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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R.L. Burnside
(American singer)
R.L. Burnside
2
Birthdate: November 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 1, 2005
 35 
Van Dyke Parks
(Musician)
Van Dyke Parks
2
Birthdate: January 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 36 
Mississippi John Hurt
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Birthdate: March 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: November 2, 1966
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Daniel Curtis Lee
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Birthdate: May 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Sonny Boy Williamson II
2
Birthdate: December 5, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: May 25, 1965
 39 
Jimmy Reed
(Former blues musician and songwriter)
Jimmy Reed
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Birthdate: September 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 29, 1976
 40 
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
 41 
Delaney Bramlett
2
Birthdate: July 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 27, 2008
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Tommy Johnson
(American musician)
Tommy Johnson
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Birthdate: 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: November 1, 1956
 43 
Jimmy Rogers
(Singer)
Jimmy Rogers
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Birthdate: June 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 19, 1997
 44 
Tyrone Davis
(Singer)
Tyrone Davis
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Birthdate: May 4, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: February 9, 2005
 45 
Hubert Sumlin
(Musician)
Hubert Sumlin
2
Birthdate: November 16, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 4, 2011
 46 
Arthur Crudup
(musician, singer, guitarist, composer)
Arthur Crudup
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Birthdate: August 24, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 28, 1974
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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
 48 
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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Hank Cochran
(Singer-Songwriter)
Hank Cochran
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Birthdate: August 2, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: July 15, 2010
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James Carr
(Singer)
James Carr
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Birthdate: June 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 7, 2001