Musicians From Texas

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Texas has produced a number of Musicians who have made it big. These include Hilary Duff, Nick Jonas, Kris Kristofferson, Kenny Rogers, Roy Orbison and others.
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Buddy Holly
(Singer-Songwriter & Pioneer in Mid 1950's Rock and Roll)
Buddy Holly
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Birthdate: September 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

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Roy Orbison
(Known as 'The Caruso of Rock' & Famous for Songs 'Only the Lonely' and 'Running Scared')
Roy Orbison
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Birthdate: April 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
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.
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Stevie Ray Vaughan
(Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer)
Stevie Ray Vaughan
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Birthdate: October 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: August 27, 1990

Stevie Ray Vaughan was an American musician. Stevie achieved so much in his mainstream career, that spanned only seven years, that he is widely regarded as one of the greatest guitarists ever and one of the most influential and iconic musicians in the blues music history. He is credited with reviving blues-rock and his work continues to influence several artists.

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Don Henley
(Founding Member, Drummer and Co-Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band 'The Eagles')
Don Henley
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Birthdate: July 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer

Don Henley is an American record producer, singer, songwriter, and musician. A founding member of Eagles, Henley contributed immensely to the success of the band. Don Henley has also been successful as a solo artist, selling more than 10 million albums and winning two Grammy Awards. In 2008, Rolling Stone magazine named him among the greatest singers of all time.

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Kris Kristofferson
(Singer, Songwriter and Actor)
Kris Kristofferson
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Birthdate: June 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer

Kris Kristofferson is a popular singer-songwriter and actor. Over the years, Kris has played a major role in the success of many famous singers, having contributed to their musical albums as a songwriter. For his achievements in the field of music, Kris Kristofferson was made a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee in 2004.

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Billy Gibbons
(Guitarist, Singer)
Billy Gibbons
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Birthdate: December 16, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Dimebag Darrell
(Guitarist, Composer, Musician)
Dimebag Darrell
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Birthdate: August 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 8, 2004
 8 
Stephen Stills
(Singer-songwriter)
Stephen Stills
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Birthdate: January 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 9 
Kenny Rogers
(Best-Selling Country Music Artists of All Time)
Kenny Rogers
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Birthdate: August 21, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
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.

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Johnny Winter
(Guitarist who was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time")
Johnny Winter
5
Birthdate: February 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: July 16, 2014
 11 
Sly Stone
(Musician)
Sly Stone
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Birthdate: March 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Waylon Jennings
(Country Singer Known for First no.1 Single 'Dreaming My Dreams')
Waylon Jennings
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Birthdate: June 15, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
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. 
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Taylor Hawkins
(Musician)
Taylor Hawkins
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Birthdate: February 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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George Strait
(One of the Most Influential and Popular Recording Artists of All Time)
George Strait
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Birthdate: May 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus

Country music singer, songwriter, and actor George Strait is regarded as one of the most influential recording artists of all time. Lovingly nicknamed the "King of Country", he has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and is certified as the 12th-best selling artist in American history. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. 

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Jessica Simpson
(American Singer-Songwriter, Actress, Fashion Designer)
Jessica Simpson
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Birthdate: July 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer

Jessica Simpson is an American singer, fashion designer, and actress. Her journey from being a teen idol to a sex symbol has been quite inspirational so far. Also a well-known philanthropist, Jessica Simpson has worked with several nonprofit organizations, such as Make-A-Wish Foundation. She has also performed at many benefit concerts.

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Chris Pérez
(Lead Guitarist for the Tejano Band “Selena y Los Dinos”)
Chris Pérez
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Birthdate: August 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Guitarist Chris Pérez was married to Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla and performed as part of her band, Selena y Los Dinos. Following Selena’s murder by her own manager, Chris sank into depression. He later won a Grammy with the Chris Pérez Band and also wrote a book about Selena. 
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Erykah Badu
(Singer-Songwriter Know for Her Singles like "On & On," "Honey," and "The Healer.")
Erykah Badu
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Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces

Widely regarded as the queen of neo-soul, Erykah Badu is an American singer-songwriter whose debut studio album Baduizm helped popularize neo-soul in the late-1990s. Thanks to her popularity, Erykah Badu serves as a subject for street art in several places, including Greater London, England. Also an actress, Badu has appeared in popular films, such as The Cider House Rules.

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Barry White
(Singer-songwriter)
Barry White
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Birthdate: September 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 4, 2003

Barry White was an American musician, composer, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Renowned for his bass-baritone voice, White was one of the most popular vocalists of his generation. Having sold more than 100 million records worldwide, Barry White is counted among the best-selling musicians of all time.

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Larry Graham
(Musician)
Larry Graham
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Birthdate: August 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
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George Jones
(Country Singer Best Known for His Song ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today')
George Jones
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Birthdate: September 12, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
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.

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Michael Nesmith
(Musician, Singer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Film actor, Stage actor, Television actor, Guitarist, Songwriter)
Michael Nesmith
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Birthdate: December 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Billy Preston
(Musician & Songwriter)
Billy Preston
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Birthdate: September 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 6, 2006

Billy Preston was an American musician and top session keyboardist who worked with popular artists like Ray Charles, Reverend James Cleveland, Sam Cooke, and the Beatles. A two-time Grammy Award winner, Preston struggled throughout his life with his sexual orientation. He chose not to come out as gay until before his death, due to his religious beliefs.

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Dusty Hill
(Singer)
Dusty Hill
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Birthdate: May 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Lyle Lovett
(Singer-songwriter)
Lyle Lovett
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Birthdate: November 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Kacey Musgraves
(Country Singer and Musician)
Kacey Musgraves
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Birthdate: August 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
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.
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Kirstin Maldonado
(Best Known as the Mezzo-Soprano of the A Cappella Group 'Pentatonix')
Kirstin Maldonado
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Birthdate: May 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Three-time Grammy-winning artist Kirstin Maldonado, part of the a cappella group Pentatonix, is known for hits such as Break a Little and All Night, and has sold more than 6 million albums. She has also performed in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots and appeared in an episode of Bones.
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Townes Van Zandt
(Country Singer & Songwriter Best Known for His Songs: 'Pancho and Lefty' and 'For the Sake of the Song')
Townes Van Zandt
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Birthdate: March 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: January 1, 1997

Country singer Townes Van Zandt is remembered for his melancholy and lyrical tracks. His hits such as Pancho and Lefty and To Live Is to Fly have influenced many artists of subsequent generations. He struggled with depression and spent a considerable part of his life in cheap shacks and motels.

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Tanya Tucker
(Singer-Songwriter)
Tanya Tucker
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Birthdate: October 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
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Todrick Hall
(Singer)
Todrick Hall
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Birthdate: April 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Rapper/choreographer Todrick Hall gained fame after appearing in the ninth season of American Idol. His YouTube videos, featuring his songs and parodies, too, became viral. He has also been a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race and is openly gay. He has also appeared as Billy Flynn in the play Chicago.
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Vinnie Paul
(Former Musician best known for being the drummer and co-founder of the heavy metal band Pantera)
Vinnie Paul
5
Birthdate: March 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: June 22, 2018
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The D.O.C.
(Musician, Rapper, Singer)
The D.O.C.
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Birthdate: June 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
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DJ Premier
(Club DJ, Disc jockey, Record producer, Composer)
DJ Premier
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Birthdate: March 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
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Hayley Orrantia
(Best Known for Playing "Erica Goldberg" in the ABC Comedy Series "The Goldbergs.")
Hayley Orrantia
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Birthdate: February 21, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces

Actress, singer, and songwriter Hayley Orrantia became internationally famous following her role in the comedy series The Goldbergs. Interested in acting and singing from childhood, she began professionally training at the age of 12. She began acting when she was 17 and started her singing career simultaneously. She is an ambassador for the Texas Music Project.

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Ciara
(Singer)
Ciara
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Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Ciara is an American singer-songwriter whose debut single, Goodies, earned her the title Princess of Crunk&B. Her songs, Goodies and Yeah!, are credited with introducing the substyle of contemporary R&B and crunk music called crunk&B to music lovers. Also a dancer and model, Ciara has had a major impact on the American entertainment industry for the past 10 years.

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Otis Williams
(Baritone Singers)
Otis Williams
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Birthdate: October 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Riff Raff
(Rapper)
Riff Raff
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Birthdate: January 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Mitchel Musso
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Birthdate: July 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Leon Bridges
(Singer-songwriter)
Leon Bridges
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Birthdate: July 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Buck Owens
(Musician)
Buck Owens
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Birthdate: August 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 25, 2006
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Don Williams
(Singer-Songwriter)
Don Williams
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Birthdate: May 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 8, 2017
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Barbara Mandrell
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Birthdate: December 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Scott Joplin
(American Composer and Pianist Known as the ‘King of Ragtime’)
Scott Joplin
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Birthdate: November 24, 1868
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: April 1, 1917
Composer and pianist Scott Joplin, or the King of Ragtime, had written more than 100 original ragtime pieces. His most iconic piece was the Maple Leaf Rag. He had also written two operas, including Treemonisha. He was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize. The film The Sting featured his compositions.
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Gene Autry
(Actor and singer known as The Singing Cowboy for his appearances in ninety-three movies and ninety-one TV productions)
Gene Autry
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Birthdate: September 29, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: October 2, 1998
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Gary Clark, Jr.
(Musician)
Gary Clark, Jr.
4
Birthdate: February 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Mark Ballas
(Singer, Dancer, Choreographer, Stage actor, Guitarist)
Mark Ballas
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Birthdate: May 24, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Roger Miller
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Roger Miller
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Birthdate: January 2, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 25, 1992
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Doyle Bramhall II
(Guitarist and Songwriter Best Known for His Work With Eric Clapton and Roger Waters)
Doyle Bramhall II
5
Birthdate: December 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Edie Brickell
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Birthdate: March 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Mark Salling
(Actor, Musician)
Mark Salling
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Birthdate: August 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 30, 2018

Beginning his career as a child actor, American actor, Mark Salling, gained fame with his portrayal of musically-inclined football star Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman’ in television series Glee. The actor, who was also a singer and musician, was arrested for possessing images of child pornography. He pleaded guilty but before his court sentencing, he was found dead from asphyxia by hanging.

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Kevin Abstract
(Rapper Famous For His Debut Album 'MTV1987')
Kevin Abstract
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Birthdate: July 16, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer