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120 Persons in the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame:

Location:
100 International Drive
Jackson, Mississippi
(in the Jackson/Evers International Airport)
Mail address:
PO Box 1270
Clinton, MS 39060
Web Site:

B.B. King

Real/Birth Name:
Riley B. King
Also Known As:
B B King
BB King
Nickname(s):
King of the Blues
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Album King of the Blues

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Bo Diddley

Real/Birth Name:
Ellas Otha Bates
Also Known As:
Ellas Bates McDaniel
Nickname(s):
The Originator
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Birth name Ellas Otha Bates. Later, adopted by mother's cousin, took name McDaniel. Song Hey Bo Diddley. Known for his homemade rectangular-shaped guitar and his signature rhythm beat.

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Bobbie Gentry

Real/Birth Name:
Roberta Lee Streeter
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
76, 11 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21

Brief Facts:

Song Ode to Billy Joe

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Charley Pride

Real/Birth Name:
Charley Frank Pride
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

In the Negro American League for the team Memphis Red Sox. Song Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'

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Charlie Feathers

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Arthur Feathers
Gender:
Male

Brief Facts:

Rockabilly singer. Song That Certain Female

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Conway Twitty

Real/Birth Name:
Harold Lloyd Jenkins
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man, Hello Darlin', Danny Boy

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David Banner

Real/Birth Name:
Levell Crump
Lavelle Crump
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age:
47 or 48

Brief Facts:

Song Play. Movies Black Snake Moan, This Christmas

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Elmore James

Real/Birth Name:
Elmore Brooks
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Postwar urban blues, responsible for slide-guitar styles that shaped rock.

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Elvis Presley

Real/Birth Name:
Elvis Aron Presley
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

grandfather of
twin brother of
The same age as Jesse Presley.
father of
ex-husband of
Older than Priscilla Presley by 10 years.
grandfather of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Songs Blue Suede Shoes, Jailhouse Rock. Movie Blue Hawaii. Died of a drug overdose.

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Faith Hill

Real/Birth Name:
Audrey Faith Perry
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
52
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23

Relationships:

wife of
Younger than Tim McGraw by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Adopted. Crossover star, pop and country. Songs This Kiss, Wild One, Mississippi Girl. Movie The Stepford Wives (2004)

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Hank Cochran

Real/Birth Name:
Gaylord Perry Cochran
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74, 18 days before his 75th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Jeannie Seely by 4 years.

Brief Facts:

Co-wrote song I Fall to Pieces with Harlan Howard. Made popular by Patsy Cline. Songs Make the World Go Away, A Little Bitty Tear. Performed for a while with Eddie Cochran - not related.

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Honeyboy Edwards

Real/Birth Name:
David Edwards
Also Known As:
David "Honeyboy" Edwards
Mr. Honey
Nickname(s):
Honeyboy
Honey Boy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
96
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Wind Howlin' Blues, The Army Blues, Long Tall Woman Blues, Gamblin Man, Just Like Jesse James. Received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on January 31, 2010.

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Howlin' Wolf

Real/Birth Name:
Chester Arthur Burnett
Also Known As:
Howlin Wolf
Nickname(s):
Big Foot
Bull Cow
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blues guitar and harmonica. Album Howlin' Wolf in 1962. Album The London Sessions featuring Eric Clapton plus Ringo Starr and others in backup.

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Ike Turner

Real/Birth Name:
Ike Wister Turner
Also Known As:
Izear Luster Turner Jr.
Nickname(s):
Father of Rock 'n' Roll
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Tina Turner by 8 years.

Brief Facts:

Group Ike & Tina Turner. Songs It's Gonna Work Out Fine, River Deep - Mountain High, I Want to Take You Higher, Proud Mary, Nutbush City Limits. Death ruled a drug overdose on cocaine.

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J.D. Sumner

Real/Birth Name:
John David Sumner
Also Known As:
JD Sumner
Nickname(s):
World's Lowest Bass Singer
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73, 3 days before his 74th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Southern Gospel singer with a deep bass voice. Formerly listed as the World's Lowest Bass Singer. Groups Sunshine Boys, Blackwood Brothers, Stamps Quartet, Masters V. Song The Old Country Church

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Jerry Butler

Real/Birth Name:
Jerry Butler Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song For Your Precious Love with group The Impressions

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Jerry Lee Lewis

Real/Birth Name:
Jerry Lee Lewis
Nickname(s):
The Killer
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Rock and roll and country vocalist and pianist. Songs Great Balls of Fire, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, Breathless, High School Confidential. Controversial marriage to his cousin Myra Gale Brown who was 13 years old.

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Jimmie Lunceford

Real/Birth Name:
James Melvin Lunceford
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Alto saxophone. Swing era.

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Jimmie Rodgers

Real/Birth Name:
James Charles Rodgers
Nickname(s):
The Singing Brakeman
The Blue Yodeler
The Father of Country Music
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Known for his yodelling style. Songs Blue Yodel, In the Jailhouse Now. Died of tuberculosis.

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Jimmy Buffett

Real/Birth Name:
James William Buffett
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Margaritaville, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Come Monday. Broadway musical Escape to Margaritaville. Book (novel) A Salty Piece of Land

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Jimmy Reed

Real/Birth Name:
Mathias James Reed
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
50, 8 days before his 51st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Mississippi blues star.

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John Lee Hooker

Real/Birth Name:
John Lee Hooker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Birth year may be 1912. Songs Boogie Chillen', Crawling King Snake, Dimples, Boom Boom, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, Iím in the Mood

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Junior Parker

Real/Birth Name:
Herman Parker Jr.
Also Known As:
Little Junior Parker
Herbert Parker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Band The Blue Flames. Song Stand by Me

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Lance Bass

Real/Birth Name:
James Lance Bass
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
41
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group *NSYNC. TV series Dancing with the Stars. Movie On the Line. Paid Russia for training as an astronaut, did not go.

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LeAnn Rimes

Real/Birth Name:
Margaret LeAnn Rimes
Gender:
Female

Brief Facts:

Song and album Blue. Song How Do I Live went triple multiplatinum.

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Leontyne Price

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Violet Leontyne Price
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
93
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Younger than William Warfield by 7 years.

Brief Facts:

Soprano opera singer. The first African-American top-earning prima donna at Metropolitan Opera.

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Lester Young

Real/Birth Name:
Lester Willis Young
Nickname(s):
Pres
Prez
The Prez
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. Member of Count Basie Orchestra

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Marty Stuart

Real/Birth Name:
John Marty Stuart
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23

Brief Facts:

Played with Lester Flatt

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Mary Ann Mobley

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Ann Mobley
Also Known As:
Miss America 1959
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Gary Collins, until his earlier death.
Older than Gary Collins by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Miss America 1959, then later cohost of the pageant in 1989. Movies Girl Happy, Harum Scarum

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Mavis Staples

Real/Birth Name:
Mavis Staples
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Age today:
81, 28 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Her family's band The Staple Singers

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Mickey Gilley

Real/Birth Name:
Mickey Leroy Gilley
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Honky-tonk piano. Songs Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time, Stand by Me. First cousin of Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart. The scene for movie Urban Cowboy is his famous bar "Gilley's Club" in Pasadena, Texas.

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Muddy Waters

Real/Birth Name:
McKinley Morganfield
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70, 26 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

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Olu Dara

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Jones
Also Known As:
Yoruba Olu Dara
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Leading jazz trumpet and cornet player. Album In the World: From Natchez to New York

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Pinetop Perkins

Real/Birth Name:
Joe Willie Perkins
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
97
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist. Album After Hours

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Pops Staples

Real/Birth Name:
Roebuck Staples
Also Known As:
Roebuck "Pops" Staples
Nickname(s):
Pops
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85, 9 days before his 86th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group The Staple Singers

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Robert Johnson

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Leroy Johnson
Also Known As:
R. L. Spencer
Robert Spencer
Robert Lonnie Johnson
Nickname(s):
King of the Delta Blues
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
27
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Subject of the movie Crossroads. Song Terraplane Blues. Possibly poisoned, possible death by illness.

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Sam Cooke

Real/Birth Name:
Samuel Cook
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
29
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Shot to death - shooter never charged.

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Sonny Boy Williamson (more famous)

Real/Birth Name:
Aleck Miller
Also Known As:
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Aleck "Rice" Miller
Rice Miller
Alex Miller
Nickname(s):
Willie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Died in Helena, Arkansas. Harmonica blues. Songs Fattenin' Frogs for Snakes, Bye Bye Bird. See also Sonny Boy Williamson (original)

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Sonny Boy Williamson (original)

Real/Birth Name:
John Lee Williamson
Also Known As:
Sonny Boy Williamso
Nickname(s):
The Father of Modern Blues Harp
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Harmonica blues. Record/song Good Morning, School Girl in 1937 was a hit. His stage name widely copied. Killed after a mugging. See also Sonny Boy Williamson (more famous)

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Tammy Wynette

Real/Birth Name:
Virginia Wynette Pugh
Nickname(s):
First Lady of Country Music
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55, 29 days before her 56th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Younger than George Jones by 10 years.

Brief Facts:

Often sang with George Jones. Songs Stand by Your Man, I Don't Wanna Play House, D-I-V-O-R-C-E

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Willie Dixon

Real/Birth Name:
William James Dixon
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Imprisoned as a conscientious objector. Won Illinois Golden Gloves. Songs I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man, You Can't Judge a Book by Its Cover recorded by others.

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