Musicians From South Carolina

South Carolina has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include James Brown, Eartha Kitt, Darius Rucker, Shawnee Smith, Dizzy Gillespie and others.

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 1 James Brown

James Brown.
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Famous As: Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer, bandleader
Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: December 25, 2006

Referred to by honorific nicknames, such as Godfather of Soul, James Brown was a prominent figure of 20th century music. A progenitor of funk music, Brown influenced the development of many music genres. An inductee of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame, Brown is ranked seventh in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

 2 Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

 3 Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker.
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Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: May 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Darius Rucker gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. He then launched a solo career, releasing Billboard-charting hits such as Wagon Wheel and True Believers. He became the first Black American singer to win the Country Music Association New Artist Award.

 4 Teddy Pendergrass

Teddy Pendergrass.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 26, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: January 13, 2010

 5 James Jamerson

James Jamerson.
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Famous As: Bass player
Birthdate: January 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 2, 1983

 6 Shawnee Smith

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

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. 

 7 Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie.
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Famous As: Bandleader
Birthdate: October 21, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 6, 1993

Jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and singer Dizzy Gillespie developed the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge, modifying it with innovative harmony and rhythm. He popularized the bebop style of music and was famous for his signature horn-rimmed spectacles. His contribution to modern jazz earned him the title of the Ambassador of Jazz.

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 8 Ruston Kelly

Ruston Kelly.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 31, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo

 9 John Phillips

John Phillips
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 18, 2001

 10 Josh Turner

Josh Turner
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 11 Peabo Bryson

Peabo Bryson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries

 12 Toro y Moi

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 13 Jesse Hughes

Jesse Hughes
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Famous As: guitarist, singer, musician
Birthdate: September 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra

 14 Nickolas Ashford

Nickolas Ashford
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: May 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 22, 2011

 15 Shane Carruth

Shane Carruth
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Famous As: Film producer
Birthdate: January 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 16 Angie Stone

Angie Stone
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Motivated by her gospel singer father, Angie Stone began singing as a child. She later formed the rap/hip-hop act The Sequence and then became the lead singer of Vertical Hold. Her first solo album, Black Diamond, was a Billboard charter. She has also appeared in movies and campaigned against diabetes.

 17 Lee Brice

Lee Brice
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini

 18 Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 19 Coco Jones

Coco Jones.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn

 20 Hank Garland

Hank Garland
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: November 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 27, 2004

 21 Arthur Freed

Arthur Freed
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Famous As: Film producer, Composer, Screenwriter, Actor, Lyricist, Songwriter
Birthdate: September 9, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 12, 1973

 22 John Berry

John Berry
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: September 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo

 23 Karl Sanders

Karl Sanders
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Famous As: Singer, Bassist, Drummer, Guitarist
Birthdate: June 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini

 24 Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 3, 2014

 25 Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: November 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 26 Gene McFadden

Gene McFadden
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 27, 2006

 27 Lucky Thompson

Lucky Thompson
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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: June 16, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: July 30, 2005

 28 Susan Reed

Susan Reed
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 25, 2010

 29 Jimmy Hamilton

Jimmy Hamilton
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Famous As: Clarinetist, Saxophonist
Birthdate: May 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 20, 1994