Category Archives: Entertainers & Athletes

Dinah Washington

inah Washington was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1924, as Ruth lee Jones.

She moved to Chicago as a child and played piano and sang at her church. At 15 she began to perform secular music and became one of …

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Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley was born in 1927 in the Clinch Mountains of Virginia. He learned to play the banjo as a child and, with his older brother, Carter, formed the Stanley Brothers Band in 1947.

They achieved success through radio airplay, …

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Dinah Shore

Dinah Shore was born Frances Rose Shore in Winchester, Tennessee.

She had polio as a baby but recovered to become a cheerleader in high school. She earned a bachelors degree in sociology from Vanderbilt University before launching her career in …

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Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith, known as the “Empress of the Blues” was born in Chattanooga sometime between 1894-1900.

She was discovered by Ma Rainey and became a hit on the vaudeville circuit.  Her first recording ” Downhearted Blues” was released in 1924 …

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George Campbell Scott

George C. Scott was born in Wise, Virginia in 1927.

His mother died when he was 8 years old. In 1945 he joined the Marines and served for four years. After his service he attended University of Missouri Journalism School …

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Tammy Wynette

Tammy Wynnette, country music’s “Heroine of Heartbreak” was born in 1942 in Itawamba County, Mississippi. Her real name was Virginia Wynette Pugh.

She recorded a string of hits and received two Emmy awards, plus many other honors including a place …

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Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton was born in 1946 in Sevier County, Tennessee. She was from a family of twelve children.

She reportedly began to make up songs before she could read or write and has since authored more than 300 songs, many …

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Charles Bronson

Charles Bronson was born in 1921 as Charles Buchinsky in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania.

He was one of 15 children in a Lithuanian coal mining family and, though he completed high school, worked in the mines himself before serving as a tail …

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Loretta Webb Lynn

Loretta Lynn was born in 1935 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.

She is a coal miner’s daughter and the second of eight children. She married at 13 and had four children by 17. She had a total of six children and …

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Chester Arthur Burnett

Howlin’ Wolf” Chester Arthur Burnett ranks near the top in the category of great blues performers. He was born in 1910,in a rural community, White Station, in Northern Mississippi, near the current town of West Point, and he grew up …

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James Cleveland Owens

James Cleveland Owens, better known as Jesse Owens, was born in Oakville, Alabama in 1913, the son of a sharecropper and the grandson of a slave.

He moved with his family to Cleveland Ohio at the age of 8. He …

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Fred McFeely Rogers

Fred McFeely Rogers was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1928. He has been the host of the popular PBS children’s show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood for more than three decades.

He has lived in Pennsylvania for most of his 73 years …

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William Clark Gable

Clark Gable, the “King of Hollywood”, was born in Cadiz, Ohio in 1901.

His father was an oil rigger and later a farmer. His mother died when he was an infant and his father remarried. However Clark’s stepmother encouraged him …

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Jimmy Stewart

Jimmy Stewart, known as “Hollywood’s Everyman” was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania in 1908.

His father ran the town hardware store, and he maintained links to his hometown throughout his life and career. His museum is located there. He earned a …

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Patricia Louise Neal

Patricia Neal was born in Packard, Kentucky in 1926. She studied drama at Northwestern University and won a Tony Award for her work on Broadway.

She starred in many successful films and won an Oscar for Best Actress. Her peronal …

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