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Learn About Famous People From Mississippi

Can you name them all?

Learn About Famous People From Mississippi

Can you name them all?

Music

Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ’n' Roll. B.B. King, the King of the Blues. Opera diva Leontyne Price. Jimmie Rodgers, the Father of Country Music. These are just a few names you might know.

People

Afroman
Rap Artist
Hattiesburg

Tommy Aldridge
Drummer
Jackson

John Alexander
Tenor, Metropolitan Opera
Meridian

Mose Allison
Jazz Musician
Tippo

Steve Azar
Country Music Artist
Greenville

Milton Babbitt
Composer, Music Theorist
Jackson

Glen Ballard
Record Producer, Songwriter
Natchez

Moe Bandy
Country Music Artist
Meridian

David Banner
Rap Artist, Record Producer
Jackson

Prentiss Barnes
R&B Artist
Magnolia

Dee Barton
Trombonist, Drummer, Composer
Houston

Lance Bass
Singer, *NSYNC
Clinton

Big K.R.I.T.
Rap Artist, Record Producer
Meridian

Blackwood Brothers
Gospel Music Quartet
Ackerman

Lucile Bogan aka Bessie Jackson
Blues Singer
Amory

Delaney Bramlett
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Pontotoc

Jackie Brenston
R&B Artist, Saxophonist
Clarksdale

Eden Brent
Instrumentalist, Singer
Greenville

Jimmy Buffett
Musician, Songwriter
Pascagoula

Mosie Burks
Gospel Music Artist
Jackson

Cedric Burnside
Instrumentalist, Singer
Holly Springs

R.L. Burnside
Blues Artist, Songwriter, Guitarist, Blues Hall of Fame
Harmontown

Jerry “Iceman” Butler
Musician, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Sunflower

James “Little Milton” Campbell, Jr.
Blues Artist, Guitarist, Blues Hall of Fame
Inverness

Joe Campbell
R&B Artist
Greenville

Ace Cannon
Saxophonist
Grenada

Gus Cannon
Blues Singer, Banjoist, Blues Hall of Fame
Red Banks

The Canton Spirituals
Gospel Music Group
Canton

Keith Carlock
Drummer
Clinton

Joe Frank Carolla
Musician. Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
Leland

The Chambers Brothers
R&B Group
Lee County

Grady Champion
Blues Musician
Canton

Hank Cochran
Country Music Artist, Songwriter, Country Music Hall of Fame
Isola

The Cook Family Singers
Gospel Music Group
Pascagoula

Sam Cooke
Singer, Songwriter, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Clarksdale

Eddie Cotton, Jr.
Blues Artist
Clinton

T. Tommy Cutrer
DJ
Osyka

Paul Davis
Singer, Songwriter
Meridian

Bo Diddley
Musician, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Blues Hall of Fame
McComb

Diplo (aka Thomas Wesley Pentz)
DJ, Record Producer, Rap Artist
Tupelo

Willie Dixon
Blues Artist, Arranger, Record Producer
Vicksburg

David “Honeyboy” Edwards
Blues Guitarist, Singer, Blues Hall of Fame
Shaw

Ruby Pearl Elzy
Opera Singer
Pontotoc

Lehman Engel
Broadway Conductor
Jackson

Chris Ethridge
Country-Rock Bass Guitarist
Meridian

Betty Everett
Soul Singer, Pianist
Greenwood

Alvin Fielder
Jazz Drummer
Meridian

William Fielder
Jazz Artist, Trumpeter, Educator
Meridian

Five Blind Boys of Mississippi
Gospel Music Group
Piney Woods School

Steve Forbert
Singer, Songwriter
Meridian

Pete Fountain
Dixieland Jazz Clarinetist
Bay St. Louis

C.L. Franklin
Gospel Music Artist
Sunflower

Erma Franklin
Gospel, R&B Artist
Shelby

Bobbie Gentry
Singer, Songwriter
Greenwood

Mickey Gilley
Country Music Artist, Pianist
Natchez

Blind Roosevelt Graves
Blues Guitarist, Singer
Meridian

Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield
Singer
Natchez

Dardanelle Hadley
Jazz Artist, Pianist
Avalon

W.C. Handy
Composer, Musician, Blues Hall of Fame
Clarksdale

Trent Harmon
Singer
Amory

Jessie Mae Hemphill
Instrumentalist, Singer
Como

Virgie Lee Hemphill
Instrumentalist
Panola County

Michael Henderson
Bass Guitarist, Singer
Yazoo City

John “JoJo” Herman
Singer, Instrumentalist
Oxford

Faith Hill
Singer, Record Producer
Star

Milt “The Judge” Hinton
Jazz Double Bassist
Vicksburg

John Lee Hooker
Blues Artist, Songwriter, Guitarist, Blues Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Clarksdale

Eddie “Son” House
Blues Artist, Guitarist, Blues Hall of Fame
Riverton

Randy Houser
Country Music Artist, Songwriter
Lake

Thelma Houston
Singer
Leland

Guy Hovis
Singer
Tupelo

Mississippi John Hurt
Blues Singer, Guitarist, Blues Hall of Fame
Teoc

International Sweethearts of Rhythm
All Women’s Big Band
Piney Woods School

Carl Jackson
Musician, Songwriter, Record Producer
Louisville

George Henry Jackson
Songwriter, Singer
Indianola

Vasti Jackson
Singer, Guitarist
McComb

Jackson Southernaires
Gospel Music Group
Jackson

Charlie Jacobs
Singer, Instrumentalist
Cleveland

Elmore James
Blues Slide Guitarist, Singer, Blues Hall of Fame
Richland

Skip James
Blues Singer, Guitarist, Pianist, Songwriter, Blues Hall of Fame
Bentonia

Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson
Drummer
Ocean Springs

James “Super Chikan” Johnson
Blues Artist
Clarksdale

Robert Johnson
Blues Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Blues Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Hazlehurst

Tommy Johnson
Blues Singer, Guitarist, Blues Hall of Fame
Crystal Springs

Henry “Hank” Jones
Jazz Pianist
Vicksburg

Samuel Jones
Composer, Conductor, Educator
Inverness

Junior Kimbrough
Blues Guitarist, Singer
Hudsonville

Albert King
Blues Guitarist, Singer, Blues Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Indianola

B.B. King
Blues Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Blues Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Indianola

Fern Kinney
R&B Artist
Jackson

Denise LaSalle
Blues/R&B Artist, Songwriter, Record Producer, Blues Hall of Fame
Belzoni

Leake County Revelers
Country Music String Band
Sebastopol

Chris LeDoux
Country Singer-Songwriter
Biloxi

Bruce Levingston
Classical Pianist
Cleveland

Jerry Lee Lewis
Singer, Songwriter, Pianist, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Nesbit

Mundell Lowe
Guitarist, Composer
Laurel

Jimmie Lunceford
Jazz Artist, Bandleader
Fulton

Thomas “Bones” Malone
Jazz/Blues Trombonist
Hattiesburg

Mac McAnally
Musician, Songwriter
Belmont

O.B. McClinton
Country Music Artist, Songwriter
Senatobia

Mississippi Fred McDowell
Blues Singer, Guitarist, Blues Hall of Fame
Como

Nellie “Mack” McInnis
Bassist
Jackson

Willard + Lillian McMurry
Founded Trumpet Records, Blues Hall of Fame (Lillian)
Jackson

Elsie McWilliams
Songwriter
Meridian

Travis Meadows
Country Music Artist, Songwriter
Jackson

Mississippi Mass Choir
Gospel Choir
Jackson

Mississippi Sheiks
Blues Group, Blues Hall of Fame
Bolton

Willie Mitchell
Trumpeter, Bandleader, Record Producer, Arranger
Ashland

Dorothy Moore
Gospel, R&B Music Artist
Jackson

Blind Mississippi Morris
Harmonica Player
Clarksdale

Charlie Musselwhite
Harmonica Player, Blues Hall of Fame
Kosciusko

North Mississippi Allstars
Southern Rock/Blues Band
Hernando

Brandy Norwood
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Actor
McComb

Clyde Otis
Songwriter, Record Producer
Prentiss

Paul Overstreet
Country Artist, Songwriter
Vancleave

James Owens
Gospel Artist
Clarksdale

Junior Parker
Blues Artist, Harmonica Player, Blues Hall of Fame
Bobo

Van Dyke Parks
Composer
Hattiesburg

Charley Patton
Blues Guitarist, Singer, Blues Hall of Fame
Edwards

John Paul
Harpsichordist
Jackson

Hartley Peavey
Founder/CEO, Peavey Electronics
Meridian

Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins
Blues Pianist, Blues Hall of Fame
Belzoni

Ben Peters
Country Music Songwriter
Greenville

Robert “Bob” Pittman
MTV, iHeartMedia
Jackson

Elvis Presley
Singer, King of Rock 'n' Roll, Country Music Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Tupelo

Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Laurel

Charley Pride
Country Singer, Guitarist, Country Music Hall of Fame
Sledge

Rae Sremmurd
Hip-Hop Artists
Tupelo

Jimmy Reed
Blues Artist, Songwriter, Blues Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Dunleith

La’Porsha Renae
Singer, Songwriter
McComb

LeAnn Rimes
Country Artist
Pearl

Jimmie Rodgers
Father of Country Music, Blues Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Meridian

David Ruffin
Singer, The Temptations, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Meridian

Jimmy Ruffin
Soul Singer
Collinsville

Bobby Rush
Blues Artist, Composer, Blues Hall of Fame
Jackson

Johnny Russell
Country Singer, Songwriter
Moorhead

Patrick Sansone
Instrumentalist
Meridian

Sid Selvidge
Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter, DJ
Greenville

Soulja Boy
Rap Artist, Record Producer
Batesville

Britney Spears
Singer, Songwriter
McComb

H.C. Speir
Record Producer, Record Store Owner, Blues Hall of Fame
Jackson

Roebuck “Pops” Staples
Gospel/R&B Artist, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Winona

William Grant Still
Classical Composer
Woodville

Marty Stuart
Country Music Artist, Songwriter
Philadelphia

Barrett Strong
Singer, Songwriter
West Point

Hubert Sumlin
Blues Guitarist, Singer, Blues Hall of Fame
Greenwood

Jimmy Swan
Country Singer, DJ
Hattiesburg

The Band Perry
Country Music Group
Ridgeland

Rufus Thomas
R&B Artist, DJ
Cayce

Paul Thorn
Singer, Songwriter
Tupelo

3 Doors Down
Rock Band
Escatawpa

Walter Turnbull
Founder, Boys Choir of Harlem
Greenville

Ike Turner
Musician, Bandleader, Songwriter, Blues Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Clarksdale

Othar “Otha” Turner
Instrumentalist
Tate County

Conway Twitty
Country Music Artist, Country Music Hall of Fame
Friars Point

Dan Tyler
Songwriter
McComb

Tricia Walker
Singer, Songwriter, Director Emeritus of Delta Music Institute, Delta State University
Fayette

Dick Waterman
Blues Promoter, Avalon Productions, Blues Hall of Fame
Oxford

Muddy Waters
Blues Singer, Guitarist, Blues Hall of Fame, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Issaquena County

Jim Weatherly
Singer, Songwriter
Pontotoc

Harry White
Classical Saxophonist
Gulfport

Haley Williams
Singer, Songwriter, Keyboardist, Paramore
Meridian

The Williams Brothers
Gospel Music Group
Jackson

Sonny Boy Williamson, II
Singer, Songwriter, Harmonica Player, Blues Hall of Fame
Tallahatchie County

Eddie “Chank” Willis
Soul Musician
Grenada

Al Wilson
Soul Music Artist
Meridian

Cassandra Wilson
Jazz Vocalist, Songwriter, Record Producer
Jackson

Gerald Stanley Wilson
Jazz Trumpeter, Bandleader
Shelby

Mary Wilson
Singer­, The Supremes
Greenville

Johnny Winter
Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist
Leland

Craig Wiseman
Songwriter
Hattiesburg

Howlin’ Wolf
Blues Singer, Guitarist, Harmonica Player, Blues Hall of Fame
White Station

Nanette Workman
Singer, Songwriter
Jackson

Benjamin Wright
Arranger, Songwriter
Greenville

Early Wright
DJ
Clarksdale

Tammy Wynette
Country Music Artist, Songwriter, Country Music Hall of Fame
Tremont

Lester Young
Saxophonist
Woodville 

Places + Things

Ace Records
Record Label
Jackson

Aikee Pros Record Shop
Record Store
Holly Springs

Be Bop Records
Record Stores
Jackson

Blackberry Records
Record Label
Summit

Delta Records
Record Label
Jackson

Dockery Farms
Plantation that grew the Blues
Cleveland

Fat Possum Records
Record Label
Oxford

Ground Zero Blues Club
Blues Club
Clarksdale

Malaco Records
Record Label
Jackson

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