Country Legends

by big-gun | created - 24 Sep 2016 | updated - 21 Nov 2017 | Public

1. Roy Acuff

Soundtrack | Night Train to Memphis

Roy Acuff was born on September 15, 1903 in Maynardville, Tennessee, USA as Roy Claxton Acuff. He was married to Mildred Louise Douglas. He died on November 23, 1992 in Nashville, Tennessee.

2. Stringbean

Soundtrack | The Porter Wagoner Show

David Akeman, the country musician known as "Stringbean," was a legend at the Grand Ole Opry and one of the stars of television's Hee Haw (1969). Along with his long-time partner and Hee Haw (1969) co-star Grandpa Jones, he was one of the premier traditional-style banjo players in country music. ...

3. Joe Allison

Soundtrack | The Spectacular Now

Joe Allison was born on October 3, 1924 in McKinney, Collin County, Texas, USA as Joe Marion Allison. He was married to Rita Allison. He died on August 2, 2002 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

4. Liz Anderson

Soundtrack | Mondo Trasho

Liz Anderson was born on January 13, 1927 in Roseau, Minnesota, USA. She was married to Casey Anderson. She died on October 31, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

5. Lynn Anderson

Soundtrack | Zodiac

Lynn Rene Anderson was a multi-award-winning American country music singer known for a string of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s, most notably her country-pop, worldwide mega-hit "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden". She charted 12 No. 1, 18 Top-10, and more than 50 Top-40 hits. Anderson's ...

7. Eddy Arnold

Soundtrack | Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Eddy Arnold was born on May 15, 1918 in Henderson, Tennessee, USA as Richard Edward Arnold. He was married to Sally Gayhart. He died on May 8, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee.

8. Ernest Ashworth

Actor | Valley of Blood

Ernest Ashworth was born on December 15, 1928 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA as Ernest Bert Ashworth. He was married to Elizabeth Bettye Rose. He died on March 2, 2009 in Hartsville, Tennessee, USA.

9. Chet Atkins

Soundtrack | Michael

Chet Atkins was an A&R (artist and repertoire) executive for RCA Victor Records from 1958 until 1974, producing recordings for such artists as Elvis Presley, Bobby Bare, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, Skeeter Davis, Waylon Jennings, Duane Eddy, The Browns, Charley Pride, Hank Snow and The Everly Brothers...

10. Gene Autry

Soundtrack | The Gene Autry Show

After high school Gene Autry worked as a laborer for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad in Oklahoma. Next he was a telegrapher. In 1928 he began singing on a local radio station, and three years later he had his own show and was making his first recordings. Three years after that he made his ...

11. Hoyt Axton

Actor | Gremlins

Hoyt Axton was born on March 25, 1938 in Duncan, Oklahoma, USA as Hoyt Wayne Axton. He was married to Deborah Hawkins, Donna "Bambi" Roberts, Kathryn Roberts and Mary Sanino. He died on October 26, 1999 in Helena, Montana, USA.

12. Mae Boren Axton

Soundtrack | True Romance

Mae Boren Axton was born on September 14, 1914 in Bardwell, Texas, USA. She was married to John T. Axton. She died on April 9, 1997 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

13. DeFord Bailey

Born in Tennessee in 1899, harmonica player DeFord Bailey was the first black musician to appear on the Nashville-based WSM radio program "The Grand Ole Opry". He appeared regularly on the show from 1925-41. He played what was termed "black country music" or "string-band music" (although he called ...

15. Bonnie Brown

Self | The Ghost Goes Gear

Bonnie Brown was born on July 31, 1938 in Sparkman, Arkansas, USA as Bonnie Jean Brown. She was married to Gene Dale Ring. She died on July 16, 2016 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

16. Jim Ed Brown

Soundtrack | I Believe in Unicorns

Jim Ed Brown was born on April 1, 1934 in Sparkman, Arkansas, USA as James Edward Brown. He was married to Becky Sue Perry. He died on June 11, 2015 in Franklin, Tennessee, USA.

17. Boudleaux Bryant

Soundtrack | Starman

A classically trained violinist, Boudleaux Bryant played with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during the 1937-38 season. Drawn to country fiddlin' music, he joined a band and while performing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1945, met and married elevator operator, Matilda Genevieve "Felice" Scaduto.

They ...

18. Felice Bryant

Soundtrack | Starman

As a child Felice Bryant composed lyrics set to traditional Italian melodies and, in her teens, sang on her local radio station. In 1945 she was working as an elevator operator at a Milwaukee hotel when she met Boudleaux Bryant, a jazz and country violinist from Georgia who was performing at the ...

19. Henson Cargill

Soundtrack | Opry Video Classics: Songs That Topped the Charts

Henson Cargill was born on February 5, 1941 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. He died on March 27, 2007 in Oklahoma City.

20. Anita Carter


Anita Carter was born on March 31, 1933 in Maces Springs, Scott County, Virginia, USA as Ina Anita Carter. She was married to Bob Wootton, Don Davis and Dale Potter. She died on July 29, 1999 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

21. Mother Maybelle Carter

Soundtrack | Walk the Line

Maybelle married Ezra Carter when she was 16. The following year, in 1927, her brother-in-law, A.P. Carter, convinced his wife Sara and Maybelle (pregnant at the time) to make the journey from Virginia to Tennessee to audition for record producer Ralph Peer, who was seeking talent for the new ...

22. Johnny Cash

Soundtrack | The Johnny Cash Show

Johnny Cash was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, to Carrie Cash (Rivers) and Raymond Cash. He made his first single, "Hey Porter", for Sun Records in 1955. In 1958 he moved to Columbia Records. He had long periods of drug abuse during the 1960s, but later that decade he successfully ...

23. June Carter Cash

Soundtrack | The Johnny Cash Show

June Carter Cash was born on June 23, 1929 in Maces Springs, Scott County, Virginia, USA as Valerie June Carter. She was married to Johnny Cash, Edwin Lee (Rip) Nix and Carl Smith. She died on May 15, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

24. Guy Clark

Soundtrack | Boyhood

Guy Clark was born on November 6, 1941 in Monahans, Texas, USA as Guy Charles Clark. He was married to Susanna Clark and Susan Spaw. He died on May 17, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

25. Jack Clement

Soundtrack | Walk the Line

Jack Clement was born on April 8, 1931 in Whitehaven, Tennessee, USA as Jack Henderson Clement. He died on August 8, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.

26. Patsy Cline

Soundtrack | Assassin's Creed

Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932 in Winchester, Virginia. Her brush with show business came at age four when she won a prize in an amateur tap dancing contest. By the time she entered grade school, her family was fully aware of her musical talent. On her eighth ...

27. Hank Cochran

Soundtrack | True Romance

Hank Cochran was born on August 2, 1935 in Isola, Mississippi, USA as Garland Perry Cochran. He was married to Suzi Cochran, Jeannie Seely and Shirley. He died on July 15, 2010 in Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA.

28. Stompin' Tom Connors

Soundtrack | Roadkill

Stompin' Tom Connors was born on February 9, 1936 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada as Charles Thomas Connors. He was married to Lena Welsh. He died on March 6, 2013 in Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada.

29. Stoney Cooper

Self | Country Music on Broadway

Stoney Cooper was born on October 16, 1918 in Harmon, West Virginia, USA as Dale Troy Cooper. He was married to Wilma Lee Cooper. He died on March 22, 1977 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

30. Wilma Lee Cooper

Soundtrack | Love Ranch

Wilma Lee Cooper was born on February 7, 1921 in Valley Head, West Virginia, USA as Wilma Leigh Leary. She was married to Stoney Cooper. She died on September 13, 2011 in Sweetwater, Tennessee, USA.

31. Cowboy Copas

Soundtrack | Square Dance Jubilee

Cowboy Copas was born on July 15, 1913 in Blue Creek, Adams County, Ohio, USA as Lloyd Estel Copas. He was married to Edna Lucille Markins. He died on March 5, 1963 in Camden, Tennessee, USA.

32. Floyd Cramer

Soundtrack | An Education

Legendary country pianist Floyd Cramer, one of the men responsible for what became known as "The Nashville Sound", was born on Oct. 27, 1933, in Shreveport, Louisiana, but grew up in Huttig, Arkansas. As a young boy he taught himself to play the piano, and after finishing high school went back to ...

33. Jimmie Davis

Soundtrack | Forever Young

American politician and songwriter who appeared in a number of films. Davis was born in the now-nonexistent town of Beech Springs, Louisiana, the son of sharecroppers. He and his ten siblings lived in dire poverty, but Davis paid his way through Louisiana College and Louisiana State University as a...

34. Skeeter Davis

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

Skeeter Davis was one of the first female vocalists to become a top level star in the country music field. Born Mary Frances Penick on December 30, 1931, Davis began performing in her native Kentucky as part of a duet with high school friend Betty Jack Davis in 1949. The teenagers, dubbed The Davis...

35. Eddie Dean

Actor | Wild West

Eddie Dean made his name as a country-western singer on radio in the '30s. He journeyed to Hollywood to make it in western movies, debuting in Manhattan Love Song (1934), but he could only land bit parts in features and musical shorts. His career started to take off in the early 1940s, though, and ...

36. Jimmy Dean

Actor | Diamonds Are Forever

Jimmy Dean, the musician, actor and entrepreneur, was instrumental in the mainstreaming of country music, a genre that now ranks as the most popular in the United States but which, back in the 1960s, was accorded little respect in the mass media. Jimmy Dean had a #1 hit in the US and England with ...

37. John Denver

Soundtrack | Armageddon

His birth occurred on Friday, December 31st, 1943, as the son of an Air Force officer, Denver was constantly moved from state to state and country to country. It was in Tucson, Arizona, that his grandmother gave him his first acoustic guitar, a gift that would prove an icebreaker when meeting other...

38. Little Jimmy Dickens

Soundtrack | More American Graffiti

Little Jimmy Dickens was born on December 19, 1920 in Bolt, West Virginia, USA as James Cecil Dickens. He was married to Mona Evans, Anne Ernestine Jones and Dorothy (Connie) Chapman. He died on January 2, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

39. Donna Douglas

Actress | The Beverly Hillbillies

An honest-to-goodness Southern Belle, similar to her most famous character role, "Elly May Clampett" on The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Donna Douglas grew up in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana area, loving "critters". She got married soon after high school, had a son, divorced and won a couple of beauty...

40. Pete Drake

Soundtrack | Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter

Pete Drake was born on October 8, 1932 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Roddis Franklin Drake. He was an actor, known for Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014), That Tennessee Beat (1966) and Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar (1965). He died on July 29, 1988 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

41. Jimmy Ellis

Soundtrack | Mortal Sins

Jimmy Ellis was born on February 26, 1945 in Orrville, Alabama, USA. He died on December 12, 1998 in Selma, Alabama.

43. Dale Evans

Soundtrack | The Roy Rogers Show

American leading lady of musical westerns of the 1940s. Born Frances Octavia Smith in Uvalde, Texas. She was raised in Texas and Arkansas. Married at 14 and a mother at 15, she was divorced at 17 (some sources say widowed). Intent on a singing career, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and worked in ...

44. Joey Feek

Self | The Great Food Truck Race

Joey Feek was born on September 9, 1975 in Alexandria, Indiana, USA as Joey Marie Martin. She was married to Rory Feek. She died on March 4, 2016 in Alexandria.

45. Freddy Fender

Soundtrack | Hancock

Freddy Fender was born on June 4, 1937 in San Benito, Texas, USA as Baldemar Garza Huerta. He was married to Evangelina (Vangie) Muniz. He died on October 14, 2006 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

46. Red Foley

Soundtrack | The Polar Express

Red Foley made his professional debut as a singer in Chicago. He was later discovered by a talent scout at Kentucky's Georgetown College. His mother and father operated a little store at the crossroads in Blue Lick, Kentucky. His father took an old guitar as part payment on an account and gave it ...

47. Tennessee Ernie Ford

Soundtrack | The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show

Tennessee Ernie Fords lifetime: Thursday, February 13th, 1919 to Thursday, October 17th, 1991, was 26,544 days, equaling 3,792 weeks exactly. Composer, singer and author, educated at the Cincinnati Conservatory. He appeared at the London Palladium, and made many records. He also owned a cattle ...

48. Howdy Forrester

Self | Ozark Jubilee

Howdy Forrester was born on March 31, 1922 in Vernon, Tennessee, USA as Howard Forrester. He died on August 1, 1987 in Nashville, Tennessee.

49. Lefty Frizzell

Soundtrack | Ken Park

Lefty Frizzell was born on March 31, 1928 in Corsicana, Texas, USA as William Orville Frizzell. He was married to Alice Harper. He died on July 19, 1975 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

50. Vern Gosdin

Soundtrack | Starman

Vern Gosdin was born on August 5, 1934 in Woodland, Alabama, USA. He died on April 28, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

51. Billy Grammer

Music_department | Dust to Dust

Billy Grammer was born on August 28, 1925 in Benton, Illinois, USA as Billie Wayne Grammer. He was married to Ruth Burzynski. He died on August 10, 2011 in Benton.

52. Josh Graves

Soundtrack | Finding North

Josh Graves was born on September 27, 1927 in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, USA as Burkett Howard Graves. He died on September 30, 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee.

53. Jack Greene

Soundtrack | The Porter Wagoner Show

Jack Greene was born on January 7, 1930 in Maryville, Tennessee, USA as Jack Henry Greene. He died on March 14, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.

54. Jim Hager

Actor | The Bionic Woman

Jim Hager was born on August 30, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for The Bionic Woman (1976), Hee Haw (1969) and Twin Detectives (1976). He died on May 1, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

55. Jon Hager

Actor | The Bionic Woman

Jon Hager was born on August 30, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for The Bionic Woman (1976), Hee Haw (1969) and Twin Detectives (1976). He died on January 9, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

56. Merle Haggard

Soundtrack | Wag the Dog

Merle Ronald Haggard was an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and fiddler. Haggard was born in Oildale, California, during the Great Depression. His childhood was troubled after the death of his father. After being released from San Quentin State Prison in 1960, he managed to turn his...

57. George Hamilton IV

Soundtrack | A Perfect World

George Hamilton IV was born on July 19, 1937 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA as George Hege Hamilton IV. He was married to Adelaide (Tinky) Watson Peyton. He died on September 17, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

58. Bobby Harden

Self | Tag X

Bobby Harden was born on June 27, 1935 in the USA. He died on May 30, 2006 in the USA.

59. John Hartford

Soundtrack | O Brother, Where Art Thou?

John Hartford was born on December 30, 1937 in New York City, New York, USA as John Cowan Harford. He was married to Marie Hartford. He died on June 4, 2001 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

60. Harold Hawkshaw Hawkins

Soundtrack | Men of Honor

Harold Hawkshaw Hawkins was born on December 22, 1921 in Huntington, West Virginia, USA as Harold Franklin Hawkins. He was married to Jean Shepard and Reva Mason Barbour. He died on March 5, 1963 in Camden, Tennessee, USA.

61. Lee Hazlewood

Soundtrack | (500) Days of Summer

This singer, songwriter and producer who wrote millionsellers for Nancy Sinatra 'These boots are made for walkin' and for Dean Martin 'Houston' and 'Shades', and for Frank sinatra 'This town' was the son of an oilman. Drafted during the Korean war, he became a country DJ in¨Phoenix in 1953. He ...

62. Don Helms

Soundtrack | The Queens of Country

Don Helms was born on February 28, 1927 in New Brockton, Alabama, USA as Donald Hugh Helms. He was married to Hazel Helms. He died on August 11, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

63. Goldie Hill

Soundtrack | Opry Video Classics: Duets

Goldie Hill was born on January 11, 1933 in Karnes City, Texas, USA as Argolda Voncile Hill. She was married to Carl Smith. She died on February 24, 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

64. Eddie Hill

Actor | The Gold Guitar

Eddie Hill was born on July 21, 1921 in Delano, Tennessee, USA as James Edward Hill. He was an actor, known for The Gold Guitar (1966), Forty Acre Feud (1965) and The Early Morning Show (1954). He died on January 18, 1994 in Tennessee.

65. Johnny Horton

Soundtrack | Desert Hearts

Johnny Horton was born in Los Angeles, but at an early age he moved with his sharecropping parents to Tyler, Texas, where he grew up. Fishing was an early interest in life and he traveled to Alaska to seek employment in this capacity, but after returning to Texas he took up singing. His singing ...

66. David Houston

Soundtrack | The Fool Killer

David Houston was born on December 9, 1938 in Bossier City, Louisiana, USA. He died on November 30, 1993 in Bossier City.

67. Randy Howard

Actor | The Black Shoe Drifter

Randy Howard was born on May 9, 1950 in Macon, Georgia, USA as Randall Lamar Howard. He was an actor, known for The Black Shoe Drifter (2004). He died on June 9, 2015 in Lynchburg, Tennessee, USA.

68. Ferlin Husky

Soundtrack | Hillbillys in a Haunted House

Ferlin Husky was born on December 3, 1925 in Cantwell, Missouri, USA as Ferlin Eugene Husky. He died on March 17, 2011 in Westmoreland, Tennessee, USA.

69. Autry Inman

Soundtrack | Dolly Parton: Early Morning Breeze

Autry Inman was born on January 6, 1929 in Florence, Alabama, USA. He died on September 6, 1988 in Hendersonville, Tennessee, USA.

71. Sonny James

Soundtrack | Slap Shot

Sonny James was born on May 1, 1928 in Hackleburg, Alabama, USA as James Hugh Loden. He was married to Doris Shrode. He died on February 22, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

72. Waylon Jennings

Actor | Maverick

Jennings, a singer, songwriter and guitarist, recorded 60 albums and had 16 No. 1 country singles in a career that spanned five decades. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2001. With pal Willie Nelson, Jennings performed duets like "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up ...

73. Sammy Johns

Music_department | The Van

Singer/songwriter Sammy Johns was born February 7, 1946, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He received his first guitar as a present from his father at age nine. He started his own band, called The Devilles, while still in his teens. The Devilles lasted from 1963 to 1973, performed at various local ...

74. George Jones

Soundtrack | Tin Cup

George Jones was born on September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas, USA as George Glenn Jones. He was married to Nancy Sepulveda, Tammy Wynette, Shirley Ann Corley and Dorothy Bonvillion. He died on April 26, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

75. Helen Carter

Soundtrack | Walk the Line

Helen Carter was born on September 12, 1927 in Maces Springs, Scott County, Virginia, USA. She died on June 2, 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

76. Grandpa Jones

Soundtrack | The Marty Stuart Show

Grandpa Jones was born on October 20, 1913 in Niagara, Kentucky, USA as Louis Marshall Jones. He was married to Ramona Jones and Eulalia Marie Losher. He died on February 19, 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

77. Merle Kilgore

Soundtrack | Man of Steel

Merle Kilgore was born on August 9, 1934 in Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA as Wyatt Merle Kilgore. He died on February 6, 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

78. Claude King

Soundtrack | The Year of the Yahoo!

Claude King was born on February 5, 1923 in Keithville, Louisiana, USA. He died on March 7, 2013 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

79. Beecher Kirby

Soundtrack | The Porter Wagoner Show

Beecher Kirby was born on December 26, 1911 in Sevierville, Tennessee, USA as Beecher Ray Kirby. He died on October 17, 2002 in Nashville, Tennessee.

80. Nicolette Larson

Soundtrack | Twins

Nicolette Larson was born on July 17, 1952 in Helena, Montana, USA as Nicolette Leigh Larson. She was married to Russ Kunkel. She died on December 16, 1997 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

81. Neil Levang

Actor | Rio Grande

Neil Levang was born on January 28, 1932 in Adams, North Dakota, USA as Neil Kenneth LeVang. He was married to Nancy Reynoso and Marian Irene Elder. He died on January 26, 2015 in Canyon Country, California, USA.

82. Hank Locklin

Soundtrack | A Perfect World

Hank Locklin was born on February 15, 1918 in McLellan, Florida, USA as Lawrence Hankins Locklin. He was married to Anita Crooks and Willa Jean Murphy. He died on March 8, 2009 in Brewton, Alabama, USA.

83. Larrie Londin

Music_department | Elephant Parts

Larrie Londin was born on October 15, 1943 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA as Ralph Gallant. He is known for his work on Elephant Parts (1981) and Cinemax Sessions (1986). He died on August 24, 1992 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

84. Uncle Dave Macon

Soundtrack | The Marty Stuart Show

Uncle Dave Macon was born on October 7, 1870 in Smartt, Tennessee, USA as David Harrison Macon. He was married to Matilda Richardson. He died on March 22, 1952 in Readyville, Tennessee.

85. Mindy McCready

Soundtrack | Switchback

Mindy McCready was born on November 30, 1975 in Fort Meyers, Florida, USA as Malinda Gayle McCready. She died on February 17, 2013 in Heber Springs, Arkansas, USA.

86. Mel McDaniel

Soundtrack | The Americans

Country singer Mel McDaniel was born on September 6, 1942 in Checotah, Oklahoma. His father was a truck driver. McDaniel grew up in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Mel was inspired to play music after he saw Elvis Presley on television. McDaniel learned how to play the trumpet in fourth grade and subsequently ...

87. Roger Miller

Soundtrack | Robin Hood

Roger Miller was born on January 2, 1936 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA as Roger Dean Miller. He was married to Mary Miller, Leah Kendrick and Barbara Louise Crow. He died on October 25, 1992 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

88. Bill Monroe

Soundtrack | Men of Honor

Born in Rosine Kentucky, he was the youngest of eight children. Orphaned at age 11 he was raised by his uncle, fiddler Pendleton Vandiver. Learning the fiddle from his mother and taught further by his uncle, at an early age he began playing dances with uncle and brothers. Besides his uncle (whom he...

89. George Morgan

Soundtrack | Down Dakota Way

George Morgan was born on May 28, 1924 in Waverly, Tennessee, USA. He died on July 7, 1975 in the USA.

90. Daron Norwood

Soundtrack | The Thing Called Love

Daron Norwood was born on September 30, 1965 in Tahoka, Texas, USA. He was married to Suella McCarty, Kimberly Cawthon, Karen Ruddle and Brenda Chapa. He died on July 22, 2015 in Hereford, Texas.

91. Tommy Overstreet

Self | Hee Haw

Tommy Overstreet was born on September 10, 1937 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. He was married to Diane. He died on November 2, 2015 in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA.

92. Bonnie Owens

Soundtrack | From Nashville with Music

Bonnie Owens was born on October 1, 1932 in Blanchard, Oklahoma, USA as Bonnie Maureen Campbell. She was married to Fred D. McMillen, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. She died on April 24, 2006 in Bakersfield, California, USA.

93. Buck Owens

Soundtrack | Crazy Heart

Buck Owens is a true legend in country music. Along with fellow performers Merle Haggard and Wynn Stewart, Buck helped popularize the Bakersfield Sound, or honky-tonk infused with electric instrumentation and rock influences. Growing up in Arizona, Buck picked cotton and learned to play the ...

94. Johnny PayCheck

Soundtrack | Extract

To many of his fans, country music singer Johnny PayCheck was the epitome of the hell-raising outlaw singer. He was known as much for his string of classic country hits as he was for his scrapes with the law. Born Donald Eugene Lytle on May 31, 1938, in Greenfield, Ohio, PayCheck began his career ...

95. Jody Payne

Actor | Honeysuckle Rose

Jody Payne was born on January 11, 1936 in Gerrard County, Kentucky, USA. He is known for his work on Honeysuckle Rose (1980), Red Headed Stranger (1986) and Monk (2002). He was married to Vicky and Sammi Smith. He died on August 10, 2013 in Stapleton, Alabama, USA.

96. Minnie Pearl

Actress | That Tennessee Beat

Sarah Colley studied dramatics in Belmont College in Nashville, intending to be a serious actress, but while touring with an Atlanta company, she created the Minnie Pearl character that became her life's work. Her first Grand Old Opry appearance was on the radio show in 1940, followed by 27 years ...

97. Luther Perkins

Actor | The Exotic Ones

Luther Perkins was born on January 8, 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Luther Monroe Perkins. He was an actor, known for The Exotic Ones (1968), Town Hall Party (1952) and Country Style, U.S.A. (1957). He was married to Margie Higgins and Bertie. He died on August 5, 1968 in Memphis.

99. Webb Pierce

Soundtrack | The Help

Webb Pierce was born on August 8, 1921 in West Monroe, Louisiana, USA. He died on February 24, 1991 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

100. Kenny Price

Actor | Cold Justice

Kenny Price was born on May 27, 1931 in Florence, Kentucky, USA as James Kenneth Price. He was an actor, known for Cold Justice (1991), Hee Haw Honeys (1978) and Midwestern Hayride (1951). He died on August 3, 1987.

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