Category Archives: Entertainers & Athletes

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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Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball is also known as the “Queen of Comedy”. She was born in 1911 in Jamestown, New York and recounts in her biography stories about her childhood in what was then a rural setting. She became a model and …

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