Category Archives: Entertainers & Athletes

Roy Claxton Acuff

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 …

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Elvis Aaron Presley

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 …

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Chester Burton Atkins

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 …

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Perry Como

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 …

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Tyrus Raymond Cobb

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 …

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William Lawrence Boyd

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 …

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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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