PEOPLE I'VE MET

by palidinbull | created - 05 Apr 2013 | updated - 05 Apr 2013 | Public

1. Loretta Lynn

Soundtrack | High Crimes

Loretta Lynn was born on April 14, 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, USA as Loretta Webb. She was previously married to Oliver Lynn.

VERY NICE LADY

2. Billy 'Crash' Craddock

Soundtrack | Convoy

Singer Billy "Crash" Craddock was Columbia Records' attempt to have its own Elvis Presley in the late 1950s; however, he only managed a couple of very low-charting singles. Craddock left show business in the 1960s but returned in 1971 to make his mark as a successful country singer, and some 15 ...

3. George Jones

Soundtrack | Swingers

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.

4. Tammy Wynette

Soundtrack | From Nashville with Music

Tammy once said: "I spent 15 minutes writing ["Stand by Your Man"], and a lifetime defending it". She was born Virginia Wynette Pugh on May 5, 1942, on her grandfather's cotton farm in Itawamba County, Mississippi. Tammy picked cotton as a child, and as a young woman worked as a waitress, a ...

5. 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 ...

6. 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.

A SWEET LADY

7. Jerry Lee Lewis

Soundtrack | Stand by Me

Jerry Lee Lewis was born on September 29, 1935 into a very religious family . His family, though not very wealthy, sold their house when he was a child to get their son a piano. He loved to play piano. He was sent to a religious school, but was soon thrown out shortly thereafter -- he did a boogie ...

8. Mickey Gilley

Soundtrack | Tough Enough

Country western star Mickey Gilley was born on March 9, 1936 in Natchez, Mississippi, the cousin of future rockabilly legend Jerry Lee Lewis and disgraced televangelist Jimmy Swaggart. In their childhood, all three would play the piano together when they got together and sing gospel and ...

10. Lynne Anderson

Animation_department | Watership Down

11. Chet Atkins

Soundtrack | Stroszek

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...

12. 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.

13. Bobby Bare

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

Bobby Bare was born on April 7, 1935 in Ironton, Ohio, USA. He has been married to Jean Sterling since 1964. They have two children.

14. Boxcar Willie

Actor | A Place to Grow

Boxcar Willie was born on September 1, 1931 in Sterrett, Texas, USA as Lecil Travis Martin. He was an actor, known for A Place to Grow (1998), Sweet Dreams (1985) and Gordy (1995). He died on April 12, 1999 in Branson, Missouri, USA.

15. Rosanne Cash

Actress | Sister, Oh, Sister

Rosanne Cash was born on May 24, 1955 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. She has been married to John Leventhal since April 30, 1995. They have one child. She was previously married to Rodney Crowell.

16. Ray Charles

Actor | The Blues Brothers

A tragic fate may have given this visionary a heightened sensitivity, perception, awareness, even expansion to his obvious musical gifts that he may have never touched upon had he not suffered from his physical affliction. Whatever it was, Ray Charles revolutionized American music and was ...

17. Roy Clark

Soundtrack | Hee Haw

Roy Clark was born on April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, Virginia, USA as Roy Linwood Clark. He has been married to Barbara Joyce Rupard since August 31, 1957. They have four children.

18. Jessi Colter

Soundtrack | The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper

Jessi Colter was born on May 25, 1943 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as Mirriam Joan Johnson. She was previously married to Waylon Jennings and Duane Eddy.

19. 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 ...

20. 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...

21. 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 ...

22. Little Jimmy Dickens

Soundtrack | The Johnny Cash Show

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.

23. Roy Drusky

Actor | Las Vegas Hillbillys

Roy Drusky was born on June 22, 1930 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Roy Frank Drusky. He died on September 23, 2004 in Portland, Tennessee, USA.

24. Dave Dudley

Soundtrack | Four Friends

Dave Dudley reigns supreme as the one and only king of trucker's country music. The tremendous success of his hit single "Six Days on the Road" in turn beget a whole new genre of country music. Other trucker's country songs Dave did are "Truck Drivin' Son of a Gun," "Trucker's Prayer," "Anything ...

25. Johnny Duncan

Actor | Batman and Robin

Johnny Duncan at the time of writing is in his mid-80's and in good health, living with his wife Susan, and enjoying life not far from where his life began.

He started out on a small farm near Kansas City in 1923. As a child growing up during the Great Depression, Johnny danced up a storm in local ...

26. 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 ...

27. Roy Rogers

Soundtrack | Lights of Old Santa Fe

Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye) moved to California in 1930, aged 18. He played in such musical groups as The Hollywood Hillbillies, Rocky Mountaineers, Texas Outlaws, and his own group, the International Cowboys. In 1934 he formed a group with Bob Nolan called Sons of the Pioneers. While in that ...

28. Donna Fargo

Soundtrack | Six Feet Under

Country singer/songwriter Donna Fargo was born as Yvonne Vaughan on November 10, 1945 in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Donna began singing in her early teens. She attended both High Point College and the University of Southern California. Following graduation from college, Fargo began working as a ...

29. Freddy Fender

Soundtrack | Boyhood

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.

30. Lester Flatt

Soundtrack | Finding North

Lester Flatt was born on June 19, 1914 in Overton County, Tennessee, USA as Lester Raymond Flatt. He is known for his work on Finding North (1998), Sweet Dreams (1985) and Dutch (1991). He was married to Gladys. He died on May 11, 1979 in Nashville, Tennessee.

31. Earl Scruggs

Soundtrack | Bonnie and Clyde

Earl Scruggs was born on January 6, 1924 as Earl Eugene Scruggs. He is known for his work on Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Fire Down Below (1997) and The Love Guru (2008). He was married to Louise Scruggs. He died on March 28, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

32. 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 ...

33. Lefty Frizzell

Soundtrack | Nadine

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.

34. Andy Griffith

Actor | The Andy Griffith Show

Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular television series, The Andy Griffith Show (1960) and Matlock (1986). Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 1950s, he became a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) and ...

35. Merle Haggard

Soundtrack | Wag the Dog

Merle Haggard was born on April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, California, USA as Merle Ronald Haggard. He was married to Theresa Ann Lane, Debora J Parret, Leona Bell Williams, Bonnie Owens and Billie Leona Hobbs. He died on April 6, 2016 in Redding, California.

36. Tom T. Hall

Soundtrack | Full Metal Jacket

Tom T. Hall was born on May 25, 1936 in Olive Hill, Kentucky, USA as Thomas Hall. He was previously married to Dixie Hall.

37. Freddie Hart

Soundtrack | The Perfect Game

Freddie Hart was born on December 21, 1926 in Lochapoka, Alabama, USA as Fred Segrest.

38. 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.

39. Stonewall Jackson

Soundtrack | Love and a .45

Stonewall Jackson was born on November 6, 1932 in Emerson, North Carolina, USA.

40. Grandpa Jones

Actor | Country Boy

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.

41. Kris Kristofferson

Actor | Blade

Kris Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, Texas, to Mary Ann (Ashbrook) and Lars Henry Kristofferson. His paternal grandparents were Swedish, and his father was a United States Air Force general who pushed his son to a military career. Kris was a Golden Gloves boxer and went to Pomona College in ...

42. 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.

44. Willie Nelson

Soundtrack | The Dukes of Hazzard

This versatile, eclectic, rather wanderlust country crossover star known for his classic ballads ("Always On My Mind"), autobiographical road songs ("On the Road Again") and catchy rhythms ("Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys") started out life as Willie Hugh Nelson on April 30, ...

45. Buck Owens

Soundtrack | From Nashville with Music

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 ...

46. Dolly Parton

Soundtrack | The Porter Wagoner Show

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, one of 12 children of Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer, and Avie Lee Parton (née Owens). Dolly grew up on a run-down farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12, she was appearing on Knoxville TV and, at 13, she was already recording on a small label...

47. 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 ...

48. Carl Perkins

Soundtrack | Man on the Moon

Carl Perkins was born on April 9, 1932 in Tiptonville, Tennessee, USA as Carl Lee Perkins. He was married to Valda Crider. He died on January 19, 1998 in Jackson, Tennessee.

50. Charley Pride

Soundtrack | Breakdown

Charley Pride was born on March 18, 1938 in Sledge, Mississippi, USA. He has been married to Rozene Cohran since December 28, 1956. They have three children.

51. Eddie Rabbitt

Soundtrack | Black Dog

Country singer, songwriter & guitarist Edward Thomas Rabbitt was born on a holiday, of Thanksgiving, on Thursday, November 27th, 1941, {the fourth Thursday,of November}, to Irish immigrant parents in Brooklyn, New York. Rabbitt was raised in East Orange, New Jersey. Eddie recorded songs for the ...

52. Jerry Reed

Soundtrack | Smokey and the Bandit

Tall, blond haired country & western singer / songwriter from Atlanta Georgia, who usually appears in films portraying good humored Southern type characters. Reed was already writing and singing music in high school, and was signed by Capitol Records to a three-year contract in 1955. However, in ...

53. Jeannie C. Riley

Soundtrack | Dominick and Eugene

Country singer Jeannie C. Riley, was born as Jeanne Carolyn Stephrural on Friday, October 19th, 1945 in the very small & rural town of Anson, Texas. Her father was an automobile mechanic and her mother was a nurse. Jeannie fell in love with country music while growing up in Texas and made her ...

54. Kenny Rogers

Soundtrack | The Big Lebowski

Born in Texas, the fourth of eight children, singer Kenny Rogers grew up in a poor area of Houston where his father worked in a shipyard and his mother in a hospital. He became the first member of his family to graduate from high school. He took an interest in singing while quite young and as a ...

55. Connie Smith

Soundtrack | The Marty Stuart Show

Widely regarded as one of country music's finest female vocalists, Connie Smith had a blockbuster smash right off the bat with her first record release in 1964, "Once A Day", a song that remained at number one on the charts for several months. Virtually every other record Smith released for the ...

56. Ray Stevens

Soundtrack | The Cannonball Run

Ray Stevens was born on January 24, 1939 in Clarkdale, Georgia, USA as Harold Ray Ragsdale.

57. Hank Thompson

Soundtrack | Secondhand Lions

Hank Thompson was born on September 3, 1925 in Waco, Texas, USA as Henry William Thompson. He was married to Ann Williams and Dorothy Ray. He died on November 6, 2007 in Keller, Texas.

58. Mel Tillis

Actor | The Cannonball Run

Mel Tillis was born on August 8, 1932 in Tampa, Florida, USA as Lonnie Melvin Tillis. He was married to Julia Ann Edwards and Doris Yvonne Duckworth. He died on November 19, 2017 in Ocala, Florida.

60. Conway Twitty

Soundtrack | Limitless

Conway Twitty was born on September 1, 1933 in Friars Point, Mississippi, USA as Harold Lloyd Jenkins. He was married to Dolores Virginia Henry, Temple Medley and Ellen Matthews. He died on June 5, 1993 in Springfield, Missouri, USA.

61. Leroy VanDyke

Soundtrack | What Am I Bid?

Leroy VanDyke was born on October 4, 1929 in Spring Fork, Missouri, USA.

62. Kitty Wells

Soundtrack | Mississippi Burning

Kitty Wells was born on August 30, 1919 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA as Muriel Ellen Deason. She was married to Johnny Wright. She died on July 16, 2012 in Madison, Tennessee.

63. Dottie West

Actress | The Aurora Encounter

Dottie West was one of country music's greatest female stars for 30 years. Her career began in 1959 when she made her first recording for Starday Records. She first made the national charts in 1963 and the following year had a blockbuster country hit with "Here Comes My Baby Back Again" which would...

64. Faron Young

Soundtrack | Country Style, U.S.A.

Faron Young was born on February 25, 1932 in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. He was married to Hilda Margo Macon. He died on December 10, 1996 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.