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 …Read More
Category Archives: Entertainers & Athletes
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 …Read More
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 …Read More
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 …Read More
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 …Read More
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 …Read More
Gene Kelly was born in 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the third of five children.
His father was a salesman and his mother introduced her children to the arts. They all took dance lessons and for a while the family ran …Read More
Roy Acuff was born in 1903 in Maynardville, Tennessee.
He was a talented athlete and received 13 varsity letters in sports in high school. While playing baseball for a farm team he suffered a severe sun stroke that necessitated a …Read More
Elvis Presley, known as the “King of Rock and Roll” was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935.
His early musical influences were gospel, pop, and country. His parents moved to Memphis in 1948 where he was exposed to jazz and …Read More
Chet Atkins was born in 1924 near Luttrell in Eastern Tennessee.
His father taught music and farmed. His parents divorced when he was ten and he moved to Georgia with his father. Interestingly, the man known as Mr. Guitar started …Read More
Perry Como was born in 1912 in Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania, the seventh of thirteen children.
He worked as a singing barber in his hometown until he began touring with a band at the age of 21. His big break came in …Read More
Ty Cobb was born in 1886 in Narrows, Georgia. Some sources say Royston in Franklin County is his hometown.
He was the eldest of three children and his father was a teacher, principal, newpaper publisher, and state senator. He was …Read More
William L. Boyd, better known as his character Hopalong Cassidy, “The Knight of the Golden West”, was born in 1895 in Cambridge, Ohio.
He was from a family of five boys and left home at an early age. He worked …Read More
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 …Read More
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, …Read More