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1. Jim Varney Jim Varney Actor, Toy Story James Albert Varney, Jr. was born in Lexington, Kentucky, to Nancy Louise (Howard) and James Albert Varney, Sr. He became interested in theater as a teenager, winning state titles in drama competitions while a student at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky. At age 15 he played Ebeneezer Scrooge in a local children's theater production of "A Christmas Carol"...
2. Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Actor, Love Me Tender Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Presley (née Gladys Love Smith) and Vernon Presley (Vernon Elvis Presley). He had a twin brother who was stillborn. In 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Humes High School...
3. Johnny Cash Johnny Cash Soundtrack, Django Unchained 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 fought his addiction with the help of singer June Carter Cash...
4. Isaac Hayes Isaac Hayes Soundtrack, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Isaac Hayes was the second-born child of Isaac Sr. and Eula Hayes, but was raised by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Wade Sr. The child of a poor family, he grew up picking cotton in Covington, Tennessee. He dropped out of high school, only to be encouraged later by his former high school teachers to get his diploma...
5. Fred Dalton Thompson Fred Dalton Thompson Actor, Sinister
6. Jerry Reed Jerry Reed Actor, 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 1958...
7. George Lindsey George Lindsey Actor, The Andy Griffith Show George Lindsey quickly became an icon on television in the 1960's playing the part of 'Goober Pyle" on the "Andy Griffith Show". He replaced Jim Nabors who portrayed "Gomer Pyle" who ran the "fillin station" on "The Andy Griffith Show". As Jim Nabors was tapped for his own show "Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C."...
8. Red West Red West Actor, Safe Haven Robert "Red" Gene West was a close friend of Elvis Presley and a member of Presley's inner circle, known as "The Memphis Mafia". He first met Elvis in high school, where he was a year behind him. West played football for the Memphis Tigers high school football team, boxed in the Golden Gloves and played football for the Jones County Junior College Bobcats playing center...
9. Glen Campbell Glen Campbell Self, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me
10. June Carter Cash June Carter Cash Soundtrack, Walk the Line
11. Tex Ritter Tex Ritter Soundtrack, High Noon
12. Gene Evans Gene Evans Actor, My Friend Flicka Gene Evans was born in Holbrook, Arizona, on July 11, 1922, and was raised in Colton, California. He served in the Army during World War II as a combat engineer, and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for bravery in action. He began his acting career there, performing in a theatrical troupe of GIs in Europe...
13. Charlene Holt Charlene Holt Actress, El Dorado
14. Sheb Wooley Sheb Wooley Actor, Rawhide American character actor in many Westerns, Sheb Wooley was also a figure in country-western music. Born and raised in Oklahoma, he spent his youth as a cowhand. His musical ability led to radio and subsequently film work. He played minor supporting roles for a dozen years starting in 1950, including one of the Frank Miller gang in High Noon...
15. Roy Orbison Roy Orbison Soundtrack, The Hateful Eight
16. Tommy Boyce Tommy Boyce Music Department, Three's a Crowd It's estimated that Tommy Boyce's solo compositions and collaborative efforts have produced record sales over and above 85 million. Tommy and his partner Bobby Hart wrote the theme to Days of Our Lives and hits for guys like Andy Williams, Dean Martin, The Animals and Del Shannon in addition to scores and songs for television and films...
17. Bill Dana Bill Dana Actor, The Bill Dana Show Comedian, author and composer, educated at Emerson College. He served in the US Infantry during World War II. Later, he was part of the team Dana and Wood on television and in supper clubs. As a single, he appeared on television with Martha Raye and Imogene Coca and was a writer for Steve Allen, and he also appeared in night clubs and on records...
18. Marty Robbins Marty Robbins Soundtrack, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy He is known for many styles of music - pure honky-tonk, rockabilly, gospel, straight-ahead pop, blues and Hawaiian. But fans remember Marty Robbins best for his cowboy songs. Songs like "Big Iron", "Running Gun", "The Hanging Tree" and of course "El Paso" established Robbins as the master of the style of country music...
19. Minnie Pearl Minnie Pearl Self, Hee Haw 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 of touring...
20. Johnny PayCheck Johnny PayCheck Soundtrack, Grand Theft Auto V 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 playing in backing bands for George Jones...
21. John Pickard John Pickard Actor, Boots and Saddles
22. Macon McCalman Macon McCalman Actor, Falling Down
23. Leon Russell Leon Russell Soundtrack, The Kids Are All Right
24. Tammy Wynette Tammy Wynette Soundtrack, Sleepless in Seattle 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 doctor's receptionist...
25. Keith Walker Keith Walker Writer, Free Willy
26. Grandpa Jones Grandpa Jones Self, Hee Haw
27. Martin Luther King Martin Luther King Thanks, Freedom Writers Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the son of Alberta Christine (Williams), a schoolteacher, and Martin Luther King Sr., a pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. For Martin the civil rights movement began one summer in 1935 when he was six years old...
28. Patsy Cline Patsy Cline Soundtrack, The Departed 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 birthday...
29. Stringbean Stringbean Self, Hee Haw 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. Along with his long-time partner and Hee Haw co-star Grandpa Jones, he was one of the premier traditional-style banjo players in country music...
30. George Jones George Jones Soundtrack, Crazy Heart
31. Archie Campbell Archie Campbell Writer, Hee Haw
32. Judy Parker Judy Parker Soundtrack, Sleepers
33. Shelby Foote Shelby Foote Miscellaneous Crew, The Civil War
34. Lynn Anderson Lynn Anderson Soundtrack, Zodiac She was raised in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Liz Anderson, a country music songwriter, and Casey Anderson, a car salesman. Before Lynn began singing professionally, she was a secretary. An accomplished equestrian, she retired in the 1980s and returned to another career of raising horses and participating in equestrian competitions...
35. Charles B. Pierce Charles B. Pierce Director, Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues Charles Bryant Pierce was an independent filmmaker from Arkansas whose movies have become cult classics. Films that he wrote, directed, and/or produced were not only made in Arkansas with local actors but also drew their inspiration from Arkansas themes. He is believed to be the source of one of the most famous lines in American film history: "Go ahead...
36. Jim Hager Jim Hager Self, Hee Haw
37. Jack Lescoulie Jack Lescoulie Actor, Brains & Brawn
38. Jeff Buckley Jeff Buckley Soundtrack, Vanilla Sky
39. Jon Hager Jon Hager Self, Hee Haw
40. Charles Watts Charles Watts Actor, An Affair to Remember
41. Eddie Rabbitt Eddie Rabbitt Soundtrack, Everybody Wants Some!! 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 labels 20th Century Records and Columbia Records in the 1960 decade...
42. Lester Flatt Lester Flatt Music Department, The Beverly Hillbillies
43. J. Karen Thomas J. Karen Thomas Actress, Boulevard
44. Earl Scruggs Earl Scruggs Music Department, The Beverly Hillbillies
45. Jim Reeves Jim Reeves Soundtrack, The Man Who Fell to Earth Jim Reeves was one of the best of the "Nashville Sound" style country and western singers. His fame was widespread, not only in the USA, but also in Britain, India, Scandanavia and South Africa. Born in 1923 in Panola County, Texas, Jim after college began to pursue a professional baseball career but was sidelined by an injury to his leg while a pitcher with the Houston Buffaloes...
46. Doug Dillard Doug Dillard Actor, Popeye Banjoist (The Dillards), composer and musician often seen on television and heard on records. Educated in college, and a member of ASCAP since 1963, he composed the popular songs "Doug's Tune" and "Hickory Holler". His chief musical collaborators have included Dean Webb, Mitchell Jayne, and Rodney Dillard.
47. Damu King Damu King Actor, Shaft
48. Vernon Presley Vernon Presley Miscellaneous Crew, Elvis on Tour
49. Skeeter Davis Skeeter Davis Soundtrack, Girl, Interrupted 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 Sisters...
50. Buford Pusser Buford Pusser Miscellaneous Crew, Walking Tall Buford Pusser was elected sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee, on a platform of cleaning up the county, which was justifiably regarded as the most corrupt, crime-ridden county in the state, if not the U.S. Several organized-crime rings, based mainly in Nashville, ran the criminal enterprises in McNairy County, including gambling, prostitution, bootlegging, narcotics, auto theft, etc...
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