MISSISSIPPI MUSICIANS

 


Mississippi has a unique and diverse musical heritage. Originally. the students at Starkville High School researched these musicians who are native to Mississippi or who have spent a significant part of their lives in the state of Mississippi. That original information is now being published and updated by Nancy Jacobs. The music of Mississippians may be blues, jazz, country, classical, gospel, rock 'n roll, rhythm and blues, rap, or popular. 

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A

  • Afroman (born Joseph Foreman) Hattiesburg, MS
  • Akers, Garfield  (blues guitarist) 1900-1958, Brights/Hernando
  • Aldridge, Tommy - (drummer) born August 15, 1950, in Jackson, raised in Pearl, MS, graduated from Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi, in 1968. Drummer for Black Oak Arkansas (1973-1977), Whitesnake, and Ozzy Osbourne's Band, considered veteran heavy metal and hard rock drummer and pioneer of double bass drumming
  • Alexander, John (New York Metropolitan Opera star) Meridian, Mississippi
  • Allison, Mose (jazz pianist and songwriter), Tippo, MS, winner of 2012 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts Lifetime Achievement.56
  • Allman Brothers Band (See Johanny Johanson (aka Jaimoe), born John Lee Johnson, Ocean Springs, MS
  • Ames, Abie "Boogaloo" pianist and singer (Greenville, MS) died 2002, see also Eden Brent
  • Andy Anderson and the Rolling Stones --lead singer of original Rolling Stones, rock and roll group formed in Starkville in 1955, You Shake Me Up
  • Anderson. Jimmy  (Natchez) 1950
  • Ashford,Mandy - singer,model, born March 16, 1979 ,(member of all girl singing group innosense with Britney Spears) Ashford grew up in Clinton, Mississippi, was a member of the Attache show choir along with high-school friend Lance Bass with whom she also shared a vocal coach. Bass recommended Ashford to Lou Pearlman, and she was selected to join the band innosense. Since then, Ashford has modeled in several publications, including Playboy. She has also served as a spokesmodel for Swisher cigars, Miller Lite, Samson Technologies and currently Thompson Pump.
  • Attaway, William Alexander (novelist and composer of 500 songs including Day-O Banana Boat Song) Greenville, 1911-1986
  • Applebaum, Mark (jazz pianist and composer of electronic music), Starkville, MS
  • Atwood, George (bass player for Buddy Holly) 1920- present, born in Alabama but moved to Meridian, MS, at age 5. He also lived in Quitman in Clarke Co, MS,  his father and step-mother are both buried in Mississippi. George died March 27, 2005
  • Austin, Bryan (country music) Pass Christian, MS 1967
  • Azar, Steve (country) Greenville, MS "Waitin' on Joe" 2003

B

  • Babbitt, Milton (influential composer and music educator),  Jackson, MS
  • Bailey, Dennis (operatic tenor and member of New York Met)
  • Ball, Earle Poole(country, pianist from Marion County, MS) 1940, Columbia
  • Ballard, Glen (Natchez, MS) 1953
  • Bandy, Moe (Marion R.) (country music singer and songwriter) 1944-
  • Band Perry (sibling singers) Ridgeland, MS., family moved to Mobile, Alabama, and eventually, to Greeneville, Tennessee. Kimberly Perry was born on July 12, 1983; Reid on November 17, 1988; and Neil on July 23, 1990. In 2008, they were discovered by Garth Brooks' manager Bob Doyle, who helped them make recordings that were sent to Republic Nashville recording company. All three siblings wrote their first recorded release Hip to My Heart, and Kimberly wrote If I Die Young, which reached No. 1 on the coiuntry music chart and No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their second album Pioneer was recently released.
  • Banner, David (real name Lavell Crump) rapper, Jackson, MS. Grammy winner
  • Barnes, Booba(blues), Greenville, MS
  • Barnes, Clay   Meridian (guitarist for Steve Forbert on Nemporor Records in NYC, works in studio and tours with Forbert, also played and recorded with Willie Nile from NYC and opened for "The Who,"  currently owns Point Recording in Meridian, has produced, recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered several CD's with High Cotton Records
  • Barnes, Prentiss (rock n' roll--member of The Moonglows) Jackson, MS
  • Barrett, Bucky (acoustic and electric guitarist and composer) Canton, 1943
  • Barton, Dee (composer, esp. for Stan Kenton. and Starkville High School graduate), born 1937 in Houston, MS, grew up in Starkville, MS, died 2001 in Jackson
  • Bass, Lance (singer originally with NSYNC) Laurel, MS, 1979
  • Bates, Jeff (Sandy Hook, MS) signed with RCA Records in 2002 wih whom he recorded two albums: Rainbow Man in 2003 and Leave The Light On in 2006—plus seven charted singles: “The Love Song,” “Rainbow Man,” “I Wanna Make You Cry,” “Long, Slow Kisses,” “Good People,” “No Shame” and “One Second Chance, ” now with Black River Music Group
  • Bean, Terry "Harmonica" (blues), Pontotoc,
  • Beckett, Frederic Lee (first great modern jazz trombonist) Nettleton, MS
  • Bell, Carey (blues) Macon, MS, 1936
  • Big Time Sarah (see Sarah Streeter) blues, Coldwater, MS
  • Blackman, Bruce  Greenville, Mississippi, went to MSU, song writer and singer, in mid-60s he formed Eternity’s Children, had a top 100 hit with Mrs. Bluebird in 1968 and appeared on American Bandstand, left the group and moved to Atlanta in 1969, in 1972 formed “Mississippi,” in 1974 joined a group called “Extravanganza" with Bo Wagner, vocalist Elgin Wells, keyboardist Sloan Hayes, drummer David Snavely and bassist Jimmy Cobb, in 1975 Private Stock Records, a NYC company, signed his group Starbuck to a single deal for Moonlight Feels Right, (written by multi-talented vocalist / keyboardist / producer Bruce Blackman). It rose to the top of the national and international charts, selling over 3 million copies, Everybody Be Dancin' was also a top chart song, Blackman serves as CEO of his own music publishing and production companies and is producing an album project with his daughter Sarah and  several other artists, now Atlanta-based.
  • Blackwood, James and the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, (gospel) Ackerman, MS
  • Blakney, Andrew "Andy" (jazz trumpeter), Quitman, 1898
  • Billington, Johnnie Clarksdale, MS (blues) born Crowden, MS
  • Blailock, Steve (jazz guitarist)
  • Blind Melon (hard rock group included three Mississippians: Glen Graham, drummer from Columbus; Brad Smith, bass guitarist, Columbus; and Thomas Stevens, guitarist, born in West Point, MS)  1993-1996
  • Blue, Big Daddy Michael Port Gibson, plays with swamp boogie band called The Wee Hours
  • Bogan, Lucille
  • Boyd, Eddie Riley (piano blues, Clarksdale, MS) born in Stovall, 1914, died in Finland
  • Boyd, Jimmy 1939-2005 (McComb, MS) child singer of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (hit made at age 13), grew up on ranch near Los Angeles, played guitar, appeared in situation comedies Bachelor Father and Date with the Angels in 1950's and 1960's, signed with recording studio Columbia, first hit was country song The Angels Are Lighting (God's Little Candles)
  • Bracey, Ishmon (blues) Byram, 1901-1970
  • Bradford, Bobby Lee (jazz trumpeter) Cleveland, MS, 1934
  • Brandy (see Brandy Norwood)
  • Bramlett, Delaney Ponotoc, Mississippi
  • Brenson, Jackie Clarksdale, 1930-1979 (rock and roll) Rocket 88
  • Brent, Eden (see also Boogaloo Ames) Greenville
  • Brewer, Jimmy (blues), Brookhaven, MS
  • Broonzy, Big Bill (blues) Scott, MS (1893-1953)
  • Brown, Andrew (blues) Jackson, MS
  • Brown, Army (Armistead) 1913-1999, guitar player and arranger for the Mississippians from 1935-1940, also professional musician in other venues, returned to Jackson in 1940 and with his wife founded Brown Music Company (the largest music store in Mississippi for a number of years), played locally for many years and also taught guitar lessons, helped found the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, member of the Ole Miss Jazz Musicians Hall of Fame, died at the age of 86.
  • Brown, Donnie "Downtown" (blues) Greenville, MS, Band called the Candy Shoestring which opened for Ted Nugent, Rare Earth ,Blues Image, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,and played the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival. Started the Mississippi Delta Festival, which sparked the Mississippi Delta Blues Festival. Other band members included brother Jerry Brown and Thomas "boogie" Hobart. Stone placed for Brown on Walnut Street in Greenville along with other blues greats. Played bass with Willie Foster and recorded with him on "Live at Airport Grocery." Also recorded with Eden Brent on her album "Something Cool."
  • Brown, Kenny guitarist, born 1953, lives in Nesbit, Mississippi, new CD, Stingray released on Fat Possum/Epitaph Records, first CD, Goin Back to Mississippi, released on Plumtone Records, played with R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, played Boxcar Blues in movie Big Bad Love by Mississippi writer Larry Brown
  • Brown, Richard Jess (jazz) Jackson, 1956
  • Brown, William (opera) tenor, Jackson, MS
  • Brown, Willie (blues) Clarksdale, MS
  • Bryant, Bobby (jazz) Hattiesburg 1934
  • Buffett, Jimmy  (singer, songwriter and author) Pascagoula, MS, 1946
  • Buford, George "Mojo" (blues harmonica) Hernando, MS,  1929
  • Burnett, Chester A. (see Howlin' Wolf) West Point, White Station, Clay County, MS (1910-1976
  • Burns, Little Eddie (blues) Belzoni, MS
  • Burnside, R. L. (blues) Oxford, MS, 1926--September 1, 2005
  • Burton, Aron (Senatobia, Mississippi)
  • Burton,Larry (Coldwater, Mississippi), 1951
  • Butler, Jerry "The Iceman" (rock and roll singer of 65 albums, rhythm and blues) Sunflower County, 1939, formed The Roosters, also politician

C

  • Cage, Butch (blues fiddle player) Hamburg, MS
  • Callicott, Joe (Mississippi Joe Callicott) Nesbit, MS
  • Cain, Julius "Rasheed Abdullah"  1932
  • Campbell, Eddie (blues guitarist and singer) Duncan, MS
  • Campbell, Kate (blues to funk) (grew up in rural Mississippi towns--Sledge)
  • Campbell, Little Milton (blues) Inverness, MS, 1934
  • Cannon, Ace  aka John Henry Cannon, Jr., saxophone (May 5, 1934, in Grenada, Mississippi)
  • Cannon, Gus (Banjo Joe) Red Banks, MS 1884-1979
  • Canton Spirituals (gospel) Canton, MS, founded by Harvey Watkins, Sr.
  • Carlock, Keith (Clinton, Ms) drummer for Sting and Steely Dan
  • Carollo, Joe Frank (Leland, MS)  played with Joe Frank and the Knight, then as member of trio with Dan Hamilton and Tommy Reynolds, Don't Pull Your Love made the top five in 1971 and "Fallin' in Love" hit number one  four years later. Hamilton, Joe Frank Carollo and Tommy Reynolds had previously played in the T-Bones. Their  instrumental "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In),"  which began life as an Alka Seltzer jingle, made it to number 3 on Billboard's music chart.
  • Carr, Sam (blues drummer) Friars Point, MS
  • Carter, Bo (Armentor) also known as Bo Chatmon (Chatmon family string band) blind, 1893-1964, Bolton, MS, sometimes member of The Mississippi Sheiks, a fiddle and guitar band that included brothers Lonnie and Sam and Walter Vinson
  • Carter, Brown member of the Southland Quartet from Corinth, Mississippi
  • Vikki Helms Carter, Tupelo, MS
  • Cartwright, George  Midnight and Belzoni, Mississippi, composer, jazz saxophonist, bandleader, graduate of Mississippi State University, now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Caston, Leonard "Baby Doo" (Big Three Trio pianist with Willie Dixon) Sumrall, MS
  • Chambers Brothers, The-- Lee County, MS (song Time Has Come Today used in over 30 movies and commercials)
    • Lester Chambers
  • Chatmon, Armenter "Bo"(see Bo Carter) Bolton, Mississippi, (blues), brother of Lonnie and Sam Chatmon
  • Chatmon, Lonnie (Mississippi Sheiks) blues
  • Chatmon, Sam (aka Sam Chatman of Mississippi Sheiks) blues, Bolton, Mississippi, 1897-1983
  • Cheseborough, Steve (acoustic blues) wrote Blues Travelin' guide to Mississippi blues spots. Oxford, Mississippi
  • Clark, Tena (Waynesboro, MS) songwriter, producer, has written "I'll Be Okay"  "You Deserve a Break Today," "That’s The Beat of a Heart,"  co-writer with Patty LaBelle of song sung at memorial service for the Columbia astronauts at National Cathedral, music for NASA and Air Force One by her company Disc Marketing, composed an original song for the Desperate Housewives soundtrack which was recorded by LeAnn Rimes. She also produced Dionne Warwick's first holiday CD, “My Favorite Time of the Year” as well as “Church: Songs of Soul & Inspiration,” a dual music CD and CD-ROM box set featuring Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison along with top African-American female artists such as Patti LaBelle and Chaka Khan performing a collection of favorite R&B, pop, and gospel songs. Clark wrote and produced the single “Way Up There,” recorded by Patti LaBelle for the “Church” CD, which was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award. She is now writing musical show Twist.
  • Clay, Otis (gospel/soul-blues) Waxhaw, MS, February 11, 1942
  • Clearwater, Eddy "the Chief" (blues) aka Eddie Harrington, Macon, Mississippi
  • Cobbs, Willie (blues) Greenwood, Mississippi
  • Cochran, Hank (Nashville country songwriter, thirty-three BMI awards) Isola, MS, 1935, Best known songs include Make the World Go Away and I Fall to Pieces. His songs have been recorded by Dinah Shore, Patsy Cline, Ronnie Milsap, Big Crosby, Dean Martin, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello and many others.
  • Cockrell, Bud (Greenville) 4 gold records --singer and bass guitar player with Pablo Cruise in the 70's, left the band for joint project with then wife Patty Santos (vocal on "White Bird" from the "It's a Beautiful Day" band out of San Francisco in the early 70's). They formed The Cockrell-Santos Band.
  • Cockrell, Charles  a deceased singer who recorded for Hi Records and in later years operated his own studio in partnership with Kenneth Reich of Amory.
  • Collins, Courtenay
  • Cooke, Sam  (gospel, soul, and rock n' roll) Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1931-1964
  • Jack, Crocker Mississippi Delta native, songwriter who signed with Stax co-founder Estelle Axton on her Fretone Records in Memphis which later released “Disco Duck.” Played baseball for Delta State, has a Ph.D from Texas Tech, a recording artist and poet
  • Cotton, Eddie (blues singer and guitarist) Clinton, MS
  • Cotton, James (blues), Tunica, MS, 1935, raised by Sonny Boy Williamson, played harmonica, "Mr. Superharp Himself," nominated for Grammy in 1987
  • Crudup, Arthur "Big Boy" (blues singer and songwriter, author of That's All Right) Forest, MS, 1905-1974
  • Curtis, Peck (blues washboard, drums, and jug player and tap dancer) King Biscuit Entertainer, Benoit, MS
  • Cummings, George--played with Dr. Hook in the 70's and 80's, from Meridian, now lives in New York, and still plays and write songs in Nashville, TN.
  • Cummings, Morris aka Blind Mississippi Morris (harmonica) Clarksdale, MS.

D

  • Dara, Olu  born Charles Jones, (blues, jazz singer, guitarist, harmonica player, and trumpeter, Delta Blues, Jazz, Afro-beat and Caribbean influences) Natchez, MS,  long-running top 20 Billboard hit album in 1998 called The World: From Natchez to New York, father of hip hop artist Nas (Nasir Jones)
  • Dardanelle  (born Marcia Marie Mullen Hadley) (jazz singer), Avalon, MS, 1917-1997.
  • Davenport, Lester (blues harmonica) Tchula, MS
  • Davis, Blind John (session pianist) Hattiesburg, MS, 1913-1985
  • Charles Davis (jazz saxophonist) Goodman, MS, 1933
  • Davis,Mamie "Galore" Elwin, Mississippi
  • Davis, Paul (country/soft rock--"I Go Crazy" ) Meridian, MS, 1948-April 2008, Kemper County, MS, near Cleveland
  • Davis, Tyrone (pop, soul, blues) Greenville, MS, 1938
  • Davis, Walter (blues) Grenada, MS
  • Davis, William Houston Born 1914, Died 1987. Wrote Mississippi State song, also teacher, arranger, composer, born in Oklahoma and moved to Mississippi in 1942.
  • Davis, Paul (Meridian) singer and songwriter, his soft rock hit I Go Crazy was released in 1977, died in 2008 of heart attack at 60
  • Davis, William W. Late band director at Jackson State
  • Dawkins, Jimmy (blues guitarist) Tchula, MS
  • DeChiaro, John classical guitarist, over 30 years teaching at University of Southern Mississippi, made his debut in 1976 in Carnegie Hall performance that brought a rave notice from The New York Times. Has performed there with the Mississippi Guitar quartet, an ensemble he established. He has performed throughout the United States, South America, Canada, Europe and Mexico. Performed for President and Mrs. Bill Clinton for two special Christmas functions at the White House.
  • Delta Rhythm Boys (jazz) founded in 1930's by Lee Gaines of Buena Vista, first African-American entertainers to perform in Las Vegas
  • Dickinson, Jim 1941-2009, Coldwater-based producer and musician whose music career began cutting singles for Sun Records in the 1960s. He played piano on the Stones' recording of Wild Horses. In recent years he recorded with artists including Bob Dylan, operated the Zebra Ranch Studio in Coldwater, and led the Yalobushwhackers, the house band for Oxford's Thacker Mountain Radio. He and his wife Mary Lindsay Dickinson lived in Hernando. He is the father of Luther and Cody Dickinson, members of the the Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars. Dickinson recorded with and produced greats like Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Big Star, and the Rolling Stones. He helped shape the Memphis sound in an influential career that spanned more than four decades. He died at age 67 in August 2009 after heart surgery.
  • Diddley, Bo  aka Otha Ellas Bates McDaniels (guitarist, singer, songwriter, considered by many to be the father of rock-and-roll, blues), McComb, MS, 1928
  • Didlake, Scott Crystal Springs, MS, 1948-1994, best known as an artist, also a gifted musician and a writer, a craftsman who made gourd banjos, which he called banzas--which originally came from Africa, a member of the craftsmen's guild of Mississippi. He died of  Lou Gehrig's disease at the age of 46 in 1994;  his instruments are now collectibles. He and a handful of others sparked the now fast-growing movement of gourd banjo players and makers.
  • Dixon, Willie (composer, producer, arranger, bass player, recording artist, band leader) Vicksburg, MS, 1915-1992
  • Dr. Ross (see Isaiah Ross) (one-man blues band) Tunica, MS
  • Dorman, Harold (1931-1988) rock & roll singer/songwriter from rural Mississippi who wrote a song called "Mountain of Love," released as a single in 1960 on the Rita record label. Song became a hit in the U.S., reaching #7 on the Black Singles chart and #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, was Dorman's only hit record but song proved to be popular as Charley Pride, Johnny Rivers, and Ronnie Dove all hit the U.S. charts with the song, also was also recorded by Bruce Springsteen, The Beach Boys, Tommy Cash, and Narvel Felts.
  • Dorrough, Duff and the Revelators (see also Charlie Love Jacobs and The Tangents )
  • Douglas, K. C. (acoustic Delta blues) Sharon, MS 1913-1975
  • Downing, Ann (gospel singer, former member of the Speer Family)
  • Duke,Grover (gospel)
  • Duke, Roby (gospel)
  • Dumas, Gayle (songwriter) Jackson, MS
  • Dykes, Omar (blues) McComb, MS

E

  • Billy Earheart  Fulton, MS, Plays piano, Hammond B3, accordian,and harp; 
    - Original member of the Grammy award winning Rhythm Aces band, (still touring after 32 years), also 22 years with Hank Williams, Jr., has also performed with BB King, Al Green, Kid Rock, Rufus Thomas, Wet Willie, Eddie Hinton, Tony Joe White, Waylon Jennings, Gate Mouth Brown and many others.
  • David "Honeyboy" Edwards (Chicago blues) Shaw, MS, 1915
  • Meredith Edwards (country singer) Born March 15, 1984, Clinton, Mississippi. She recorded an album, Reach, for Mercury Records Nashville in 2001. This album accounted for two singles on the Billboard country singles charts. She and Lance Bass of N'Sync were members of the traveling choir Mississippi Show Stoppers when they were in elementary school.
  • Theodore "Teddy"/"Babe Ruth" Edwards (jazz and bebop) Jackson, played tenor saxophone,1924-2003.
  • Jimmy Elledge (pop/rock, country singer,1962 hit "Funny How Time Slips Away")  Meridian
    Ruby Elzy (first Serena in the opera Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin) Pontotoc, Mississippi, 1908-1943
  • Caleb Emphrey ( drummer for B. B. King for years)
  • Chris Ethridge (Meridian) "bassist" in "The Flying Burrito Brothers" and others, toured with Willie Nelson for almost 8 years, has written a number of songs recorded by other artists including "She"... recorded by the Black Crowes, and which is now being played live by Norah Jones on tour, bass player on "Whiskey River" by Willie Nelson  
  • Lehman Engel (three time Tony winner, composer, conductor, and author), Jackson, MS, 1910-1982
  • Evans, Ean (bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd), born Donald "Ean'' Evans, (also known as Mississippi Kid), on September 16, 1960, in Atlanta, Georgia; died of cancer May 6, 2009, at age 48 in Columbus, Mississippi
  • Morris "Mo" Evans Starkville, MS
  • Betty Everett (singer) Greenwood, MS
  • Ralph Ezell ( original bass guitarist for country band Shenandoah) Born in Union, MS, on December 30, 1953 graduated from Pearl High School in Pearl, MS. Died November 30, 2007 of an apparent heart attack

F

  • Shelly Fairchild (country singer) Clinton, MS
  • R. S. Field (accomplished songwriter and Grammy-nominated record producer) Hattiesburg, founding member of Hattiesburg bands with major label recording contracts including Omar & The Howlers (Columbia Records) and Webb Wilder (Island Records, BMG Records).Songs Field has written include seven albums worth of material for Webb Wilder including Tough It Out and You Might Be Lonely For a Reason;  Powerful Stuff for the Fabulous Thunderbirds from the Cocktail film soundtrack; Long Story Short for John Mayall & the Bluebreakers, Morning Train for Nanci Griffith,  Border Girl and several others for Omar & the Howlers, and most recently I Don't Like It by Mando Saenz and It's Going To Feel Good (When It Stops Hurting) by Allison Moorer.  In 2013, Field won praise for his work as producer of Justin Townes Earle's Midnight at the Movies, which earned a Best Album nomination at the Americana Music Awards.
  • Alvin Fielder (jazz drummer) Meridian, MS, 1935
  • Jerry Fisher - former lead singer of Blood Sweat and Tears, born in Oklahoma, lives in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, since early 70's
  • Five Blind Boys of Mississippi (gospel) led by Archie Brownlee, (also known as The Cotton Blossom Singers) Utica Institute, MS
  • Steve Forbert (country) Meridian 1955
  • Forrest Family (gospel) Winona, MS
  • Willie Foster (blues) 1921-2001
  • Fountain, Pete 1930- Bay St. Louis, MS, career spans more than 50 years, jazz clarinetist, grew up in New Orleans, autobiography in 1972 called A Closer Walk: The Pete Fountain Story
  • Vernel Fournier (jazz drummer)
  • Frank Frost (blues) Augusta, AR
  • Fabulous Thunderbirds, Anson, MS, now in Texas with Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets
  • Johnny Fuller (singer, gospel-influenced soul, blues, R & B, rock and roll) Edwards, MS

G

  • The Gants (Greenwood pop band) 1960's, member were/are Don Wood, Sid Herring, John Sanders, Vince Montgomery (the group has recently begun performing together again
  • Bobbie Gentry (born Roberta Lee Streeter) Chickasaw County 1944
  • Mickey Gilley (country) Natchez, 1936
  • Jazz Gillum (William Gillum) harmonica player, Indianola, MS
  • Will Gilmer (fiddler and founder of Leake County Revelers, 1926) Sebastopol, MS, 1895
  • John E. Gilmore (jazz tenor sax) 1931-1995
  • Jimmy Gilreath (songwriter of Band of Gold recorded by Sonny James), Tupelo, MS
  • Golden, William 1878-1934, gospel songwriter of Beautiful Life in 1918 and Lonely Tombs, Where the Soul Never Dies, killed in traffic accident near Eupora, Mississippi. Buried in Spring Valley Cemetery, Webster County, Mississippi

    ; supposedly wrote most of his songs while serving an eight-year sentence in the state penitentiary
  • Marshall Grant (bassist) 1928, played with the Tennessee Two, the band which backed Jonny Cash, author of I Was There When It Happened
  • Mark Gray (country singer and songwriter) Hinds County, MS
  • Lil Green, Chicago based rhythm and blues singer, Mississippi Delta, 1919-1954
  • Elizabeth Greenfield  1824-1876 (the Black Swan), first African-American concert singer, born into slavery in Natchez, Mississippi. Greenfield's owner, Mrs. Jesse Greenfield, freed her slaves sometime in the late 1820's and moved to Philadelphia, taking the young Greenfield with her. Mrs. Jesse Greenfield acted as guardian and patroness to her ward until her death in 1844. In 1853 Greenfield toured England, returned to Philadelphia in 1854 where she continued to sing, teach voice, and during the 1860s, she directed productions of the Philadelphia Opera Troupe. Greenfield died in Philadelphia in 1876, reportedly of paralysis. 
  • Dick Griffin  Trombonist, pianist, painter
  • Michael Grimm (singer) winner of America's Got Talent's fifth season. Born in Colorado on the Fort Carson base, moved to Slidell, Louisiana, but later raised in Waveland, MS, by his grandparents. He currently resides in Henderson, Nevada.
  • Guitar Slim (born Eddie Jones ) Greenwood, MS

H

  • Marcia Marie Mullen Hadley (jazz singer known as Dardanelle ) 1920-1998, Avalon, MS
  • Jack Hale Cleveland, MS, (trombone player for The Memphis Horns for 14 years, played on many gold records), retired, played Blues Concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York, made into a movie by Martin Scorcese entitled "Lightning in a Bottle."
  • Joe Hall  musician who operated Ole Barney Recording Studio of Blue Springs
  • Hanalena (country/folk singers) Sisters Hannah and Caroline Melby from Starkville, formerly Nash Street
  • Fannie Lou Townsend Hamer (gospel singer, Civil Rights Activist) died in Ruleville, MS in 1977
  • John Handy jazz musician, composer, and recording artist, born in 1900, he died in 1970 at his Pass Christian, Mississippi home
  • W. C. Handy (father of the blues) Clarksdale, MS, and Tutwiler, MS, 1892
  • Travis Haddix
  • Jimmy Harrell (Alton and Jimmy)
  • Eddie Harrington (see Eddy Clearwater, Macon, MS)
  • Kenneth Haxton (classical composer) Greenville, MS
  • Patrick Hayes - Mendenhall,  MS, lives in Chicago, plays guitar, toured with Darius Brooks of EMI recoreds, recorded with Bobby Rush and last 4 albums of David Banner
  • Jessie Mae Hemphill (female blues singer) Senatobia, MS
  • Sid Hemphill (1876-1961) fife and drum band, music recorded by Lomax, The Devil's Dream is 15 of his songs, grandfather of Jessie Mae Hemphill.
  • Jimmy Henderson ( guitarist) born on May 20, 1954, played with Black Oak Arkansas and others, graduated from Pearl High School in Pearl, MS, now playing with Dorothy Moore.
  • Michael Henderson (jazz) Yazoo City, 1951
  • John "JoJo" Herman (keyboardist for Widespread Panic), Oxford, MS
  • Al "Fish" Herring trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Caroline Herring--(singer) Canton, MS, co-founder of Oxford radio's Thacker Mountain, Album Golden Apples of the Sun won 2010 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for music composition.
  • Benjamin Herrington (classical trombonist) 1964 Pascagoula
  • Faith Hill (country) Jackson, Mississippi, born in Star, Mississippi, in 1967
  • Arthur "Art" Hillery (jazz pianist) Jackson
  • Quincy Hilliard (composer and SHS graduate, Starkville, MS)
  • Milt Hinton (jazz) bass player and composer, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1910
  • Claire Holley (singer/songwriter from Jackson, Mississippi)
  • Herbie Holmes (jazz, creator of big band style of Lawrence Welk), Yazoo City, MS, 1912-1981
  • Morris Holt (see Magic Slim)
  • Redd Holt (jazz drummer)  Rosedale, 1932
  • Homemade Jamz
  • Earl Hooker (slide guitarist) Clarksdale, MS, 1930-1970
  • John Lee Hooker (blues, rhythm and blues) Clarksdale, MS, 1920-2001
  • Hooks Trio (gospel), Collins, MS
  • Big Walter "Shakey" Horton (Chicago blues harmonica stylist) Horn Lake, MS
  • Craig Horton
  • Mark Howell (recipient of Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for music composition--1997)
  • House, Son (born Eddie James, Jr.) (blues) Riverton, Mississippi, in Coahoma County, teacher of Robert Johnson
  • Thelma Houston
  • Guy Hovis  Lawrence Welk Show, Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Howlin' Wolf (Chester A. Burnett) (singer, songwriter, blues musician) West Point, MS
  • Neilson Hubbard (Jackson)
  • Cary Hudson (Oxford) member of now defunct alt-country group Blue Mountain, new recording The Phoenix
  • Keith Hunter
  • Mississippi  John Hurt  Teoc, Miss. (blues-folk singer and guitarist) 1892-1966
  • Buck Huteson  Nettleton, MS, played guitar for many years for Jerry Lee Lewis

I

  • International Sweethearts of Rhythm (all female swing band), organized by Laurence C. Jones, founder of Piney Woods School, 1930's, 1940's

J

  • Jackson Southernaires Huey Williams; Roger Bryant, Jr.; Maurice Surrell; James Burks; Luther Jennings (only remaining original member), Franklin Williams, also member of group and founded Mississippi Mass Choir
  • Bessie Jackson (see Lucille Bogan ) Amory, MS
  • Carl Jackson  Louisville, Mississippi,  played with Glen Campbell, won grammy, winner of 2012 Governor's Awards for Excellence in Arts in Music
  • Cordell Jackson 1923-2004 (guitarist) Pontotoc, MS, old lady of Pepsi commercial, believed to be first woman to produce, arrange, and promote music on her own label called Moon, began writing and recording her own songs in the late 1940's,started performing at age 12 with her father's band and later played on the radio in Tupelo, MS, appeared on David Letterman, MTV, and Budweiser beer ad, played rockabilly, boogie, and rock n' roll, moved to Memphis during Second World War where she died in 2004.
  • George Henry Jackson (songwriter) 1945-2013, Indianola, MS., His family in 1950 moved to Greenville, MS., where he grew up. His career in music began in the early 60's as a vocalist and songwriter in Memphis, where he lived for the 26 years. In 1969, Rick Hall at Fame Records in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, signed Jackson as a Fame songwriter. His first of many Gold Records as a songwriter, "One Bad Apple" by The Osmonds, came soon after his arrival at Fame. Moving to Muscle Shoals Sound, he continued to turn out hit songs. His biggest hit ever is Bob Seger's 1979 rock classic, "Old Time Rock & Roll". Another "Down Home Blues" by Z. Z. Hill, released by Malaco Records in 1982, became the best known blues song of the 80's and Malaco's biggest hit. "Unlock Your Mind" recorded by the Staple Singers and "The Only Way Is Up" recorded by Otis Clay and Yazz & The Plastic Population were two other songs to reach the top of the music charts. He moved to Jackson, MS., in 1991.
  • Jim Jackson (blues singer-guitarist) Hernando, MS
  • Vasti Jackson (blues)  McComb, MS, 1959- guitarist
  • Charlie "Love" Jacobs (singer with the Tangents)
  • Jaimoe (Born Johnny Lee Johnson 7-8-44, Ocean Springs, MS, and original drummer with  the Allman Brothers Band
  • Eddie James, Jr (see Son House)
  • Elmore James (born Elmore Brooks) slide guitarist, Richland, MS, 1918-1963
  • Nehemiah "Skip" James  Bentonia, MS, 1902-1969
  • Bobby Jay (born in Meridian, Ms 1940 as Robert James McCarty, Jr., died 1993
  • Big Jack Johnson (blues) Lambert, Mississippi, in 1940 one of Jelly Roll Kings
  • James Johnson (Super Chikan), Darling, MS, 1951
  • Jimmy Johnson (blues) born Jimmy Thompson, 1911,  in Holly Springs, MS
  • Jimmy Johnson (country) born in Canton, went to Starkville High School, plays with Patty Lovelace, TV shows
  • Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson (blues) Itta Bena, MS, 1939
  • Robert L. Johnson (King of the Delta blues, songwriter, guitarist)  Hazelhurst, MS, 1911-1938
  • Syl Johnson (soul singer) brother of Jimmy Johnson, Holly Springs, MS, 1936, guitar and harp
  • Tommy Johnson (blues) Born: 1896 in Terry, MS  Died: 1956 in Crystal Springs, MS
  • Calvin Jones (bass in The Legendary Blues Band)  Greenwood, MS
  • Casey Jones (drummer and singer) Nitta Yuma, MS
  • Henry "Hank" Jones (bebop, jazz pianist) Vicksburg, July 311918-2010, won Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2009 and National Medal of Arts in 2008, , 70 year career, accompanied Marilyn Monroe when she sang Happy Birthday to John Kennedy,
  • Eddie Jones (Guitar Slim)  (rhythm and blues) Greenwood, MS, 1926-1959
  • Johnny Jones (blues pianist) Jackson, MS, 1924-1964
  • Samuel Jones (award winning composer and conductor, founder of school of music at Rice University), 1935, Inverness, MS
  • Margie Joseph  (singer, Misty Blue)

K

  • Kansas City Red (see Arthur Lee Stevenson), Drew, MS
  • Karson Karlisle aka Brandi Shurden, Starkville, MS (country)
  • Murray Kellum (country/novelty type songs) Jackson, MS
  • Willie Kent (bass player and vocalist) Shelby, MS
  • Les Kerr (songwriter and recording artist) Jackson and Pascagoula , MS
  • Junior Kimbrough (blues)  Hudsonville or Holly Springs, MS, 1930-1972
  • Albert King born Albert Nelson (major blues guitarist) Indianola, MS, 1923-1992
  • B. B. King  (born Riley B. King, blues guitarist, singer, songwriter)  Indianola, MS, eight Grammys, 1925
  • Willie King (blues singer and guitarist) Prairie Point, MS (1943-2009)
  • Lester "Big Daddy"  Kinsey (blues singer and guitarist) Pleasant Grove, MS
  • Pat Kirby (country) Newton, MS
  • Carl Knight (songwriter) Born 1930 in Leake County, MS, lives in Hendersonville, sharecropper’s son who has had artists like Mel Tillis, Charlie Pride, Loretta Lynn, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Pride, and Norma Jean sing his songs. Received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both his home state of Mississippi and the Nashville Songwriter’s Festival in 2010.
  • Fred Knobloch (guitarist, country singer, and songwriter) Jackson, MS, 1953

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  • Skylar Laine (country singer) Born in 1994, lives in Brandon, MS. Full name Skylar Laine Harden. American Idol finalist
  • Danny Lancaster (singer/blues guitarist) Duck Hill, MS
  • Patrick Lamb  Jackson, MS  performed with Diane Schuur and also Tom Grant has solo recordings
  • Denise LaSalle soul-blues singer and songwriter)  Belzoni, MS (Leflore County) or Sidon, MS, 1939
  • Law of Nature  See also Chapman Welch, Starkville, MS
  • Rick Lawson--Raymond, Mississippi
  • Albert "Sonnyland Slim" Laundrew (blues)  Vance, MS, 1907
  • Lafayette Leake, blues pianist, Winona, MS
  • Leake County Revelers formed 1926 (see Will Gilmer (1895, Sebastopol),
  • Lee, Daniel Curtis and Nathaniel, Jr.  album Warming by Brotherlee, both brothers are well-known as actors
  • Chris LeDoux (country) Biloxi, MS, 1948, died 2005
  • Joe Lee "Papa" (blues) Inverness, MS
  • Lucas Leigh (16 year old pianist  from Hernando, Mississippi)
  • J. G. Lenoir, blues composer of social commentary songs, Monticella, MS
  • Bruce Levingston Cleveland, MS, internationally-renowned, contemporary concert pianist. Many of the world's most important composers have written works for him. His Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center world premiere performances of their works have won notable critical acclaim. CD's include Still Sound, Nightbreak, and Heart Shadow. Now lives in New York. Son of the late Barbara and Douglas Levingston of Cleveland, Bruce and his brother Jon co-founded the Levingston Continuing Fund in the Humanities at Delta State.
  • Furry Lewis born Walter Lewis, (guitarist, songwriter, TV shows) Greenwood, MS, ca. 1893-1981, first blues recording artist from the 1920's rediscovered in the 1960's revival of the blues, album In His Prime 1917-1928.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis (rock and roll) pianist and singer, born in Ferriday, Louisiana, in 1935, has lived in Nesbit, MS, since 1979, click on web page for more.
  • Alexander "Papa George" Lightfoot, Campbell, MS, died 1971
  • Little Milton (guitarist, soul-blues guitarist and singer) Inverness, MS
  • Alexander "Papa George" Lightfoot, died 1971 Campbell, MS
  • Johnny Littlejohn (Chicago blues)  Lake, MS
  • Jimmie Lunceford (jazz, swing), Fulton, 1902-1942
  • John Avery Lomax (pioneer in recording and collecting black field and folk songs, blues, spirituals) Goodman, MS
  • Alton Lott (of Alton and Jimmy)
  • Louisiana Red, born Iverson Minter (blues guitarist and singer now in Europe) Vicksburg, MS
  • Willie Love, (piano player and singer) Duncan, MS
  • Mundell Lowe (jazz guitarist)  Laurel, MS, 1922

M

  • Sterling Magee (blues)
  • Sam "Magic Sam" Maghett (blues) Grenada, MS, 1937-1969. Album West Side Soul is classic. He died at 32. Album has been reissued.
  • Magic Slim, born Morris Holt (Chicago blues guitarist and singer) Grenada, MS 1938-2013
  • Tom "Bones" Malone (Hattiesburg/Sumrall, Mississippi), trombonist with  David Letterman CBS Orchestra, the Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live, 1947
  • Bobby Mann drummer, Macon, MS, 1950
  • James Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers)
  • Charlie Mars Band  (see also Matt Ulmer)  Laurel, MS, now lives in Oxford, MS
  • Mac McAnally (country) Belmont, Mississippi 1957
  • Tommy McClennan (Delta guitarist and blues singer) Yazoo City, MS, 1908-1958
  • O.B. (Obie Burnett)  McClinton (country) Senatobia, Mississippi, 1940-1987
  • Douglas McConnell (composer of opera and contemporary music) Starkville, MS
  • George McConnell (former lead guitarist with Widespread Panic, also played with Kudzu Kings, originally with band named "Beanland") Vicksburg, MS, now Oxford, MS
  • Charlie McCoy (blues singer, accompanist and guitarist) Jackson, MS, 1909-1950
  • Joe McCoy (guitarist) Raymond, MS
  • Memphis Minnie born in Algiers, Louisiana, in 1897 as Lizzie Douglas but raised in north Delta near Walls, MS, one of leading musicians of the 1940's in Chicago, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist, died 1973
  • Rufus McKay (singer with the Red Tops) Vicksburg, born 1927, known for singing Danny Boy, later became second tenor for the Ink Spots
  • Mississippi Sheiks Bolton, MS (see Bo Carter and Sam Chatmon)
  • Mississippi Fred McDowell, (country blues) Como, MS, 1904-197
  • Bob McRee Clinton, MS. songwriter, won two Grammy awards. One for Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries, recorded by Peggy Scott, Jojo Benso,Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty.
  • Willie McTell
  • Elsie McWilliams, (country music composer of 39 of Jimmie Rodgers's hit songs) Harperville, MS, 1896-1986
  • Henry "Skeets" McWilliams (jazz, country guitarist) Jackson, 1924
  • Big John Meholic (horn player, leader of the Nite Liters)
  • Jim "Fish" Michie (former member of the Tangents)
  • Mulgrew Miller (jazz) Greenwood, 1955
  • Hoyt "Floyd" Ming and his Pep-Steppers (Tupelo, MS)
  • Iverson Red Minter (blues) Vicksburg, MS
  • Mississippi Boys Choir
  • Mississippi Mass Choir Jackson, MS, founded in 1988 by Frank Williams
  • Mississippi Sheiks Bolton, MS (see Bo Carter and Sam Chatmon)
  • Willie Mitchell (professional musician and arranger, prominent bandleader) March 1, 1928-–January 5, 2010, born and raised in Ashland, MS, owned the world-famous Royal Recording Studio, played trumpet
  • Mary Ann Mobley (singer) 1939, 1959 Miss America, Broadway, movie musicals Girl Happy, Harum Scarum with Elvis Presley
  • Robbie Montgomery (singer) Columbus, MS
  • Aaron Moore (boogie-woogie) Greenwood, MS, 1928
  • Brew Moore (jazz) Indianola, MS, died1973 in Stockholm, Sweden, tenor sax
  • Dorothy Moore (blues) Jackson, MS 1947
  • Johnny B. Moore (blues guitarist) Clarksdale, MS
  • Steve Moore (alternative, rock, country) acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, mandolin, percussion, and lead vocals, began music career in 1977 has worked as a singer/songwriter, studio owner, publisher, recording engineer, record producer, independent label head for New South Records, Meridian, MS
  • Tommy Moran (Bay St. Louis, MS) pedal steel and lead guitar on many recordings
  • McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, Rolling Fork, MS, 1915-1983
  • Morris, Blind Mississippi, born Morris Cummings in Clarksdale, MS, in 1955, rated one of the 10 best harmonica players in the world by Bluzharp magazine
  • Colonel  Robert Morris Singer/Songwriter/Musician, Senatobia, MS
  • Moon Mullen (jazz trumpet, composer) Mayhew, 1916
  • Matt "Guitar" Murphy (guitarist) (Sunflower, MS)
  • Jasmine Murray (singer) Columbus and Starkville, American idol finalist and Miss Mississippi State in 2012-13.
  • Charles Douglas "Charlie" Musselwhite (blues)  Kosciusko, MS, 1944
  • Dave Myers  aka The Thumper (blues), Byhalia, MS
  • Louis Myers (blues) Byhalia, MS
  • Sam Myers (blues singer, harmonica player, drummer) Laurel, MS, 1936-2006, visually-handicapped so he attended the state school for the blind at Piney Woods. Iin 1952 he joined Elmore James's band as a drummer and was featured on some of James's best-known recordings.Myers appeared in blues band in film China Moon in 1994, Nominated for the 2005 Handy Award, played with Anson Furnderburgh and the Rockets, suffered from throat cancer and died in 2006.

N

  • Nash Street Starkville (Winners of the 26th Colgate Country Showdown, 2008) The group disbanded in 2013, and Hannah and sister Caroline have become HanaLena.
  • Noo Noo aka Alysia Terry Byram, MS, (young rapper) nominated for Hip Hop Female Artist of the Year by Jackson Music Awards. CD called L'll Rich Girl
  • North Mississippi All-Stars
  • Brandy Norwood  (rhythm and blues, soul, TB show) McComb, 1979
  • Ray J. Norwood
  • NSYNC (See Lance Bass )

O

  • Omar and the Howlers --Omar Kent Dykes (blues), McComb, MS, band has toured Europe and US. Albums include Hard Times in the Land of Plenty, Wall of Pride, Monkeyland, Muddy Springs Road
  • Alexander O'Neal  Natchez, MS, 1953, balladeer, funkster, gospel, early in career a member of  Jackson, Mississippi, based group called Wynd Chymes
  • Albert Oppenheimer Starkville, MS, Director of the People's Music School YOURS Project El Sistema in Chicago, Sistema Fellow (Formerly Abreu Fellow) at New England Conservatory, Arts Educator for Henry S. Jacobs Camp at Union for Reform Judaism, Winner of Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Musical Composition Ravenouse in 2008.
  • Paul Ott Caruth (country) Dixie Springs, MS, Listen to the Eagle show about the outdoors in Mississippi, performs and sings about patriotism and conservation, battled breast cancer, 79 years old in 2013
  • Paul Overstreet (country songwriter)  Vancleave, MS, 1955
  • Ginny Owens Jackson, MS. Winner of Dove Award
  • Jack Owens (blues) Bentonia, MS (featured in Lomax's The Land Where the Blues Began)
  • Jimmy Owens (gospel composer) Clarksdale and Jackson, 1930,  brother of Pat Fordice, founder of School of Music Ministries International, now retired

P

  • Willard Aldrich Palmer (accordion and pianist, teacher, author of numerous piano books), 1917-1996, McComb, MS
  • "Little Junior" Parker 1932-1971,  Clarksdale
  • Van Dyke Parks 1943 (songwriter) Hattiesburg, Mississippi, wrote music for the Beach Boys
  • Michael Passons (gospel--Avalon) Yazoo City, MS
  • James Pasquale - recording guitarist and song writer, Meridian, Mississippi, co-wrote "Slip Away" for Ray Charles plus 27 other ASCAP credited works, Played two concerts last year at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Played on the Buddy Guy album that was one of the Grammy nominations; Recorded on Al Green's last 2 albums, working on a new John Mayer album,  played on album in 2005 for film actor, Peter Gallagher, co-founder of The Flares.
  • Charley Patton, (first great Delta bluesman) near Edwards, MS (Hinds County) 1887-1934
  • Ben Wiley Payton (blues) Greenwood, Jackson, MS, made Kennedy Center appearance in 2011.
  • Hartley Peavey  founder of Peavey Electronics in Meridian, member MS Musicians Hall of Fame, Rock Walk of Fame
  • Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins (blues pianist)  Belzoni, MS, 1913-2011, At age of 97 was winner of 2010 Mississippi Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. Played and toured with Muddy Waters and Ike Turner. Perkins won a Grammy in February, 2011, for best traditional blues album for Joined at the Hip: Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith." Perkins is the oldest Grammy winner at 97 for Joined at the Hip: Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. He died in March, 2011.
  • Ben Peters (country songwriter for many recording stars) Greenville, MS and Hollandale, MS, 1937
  • The Pilgrim Jubilees or "The Jubes" (gospel), founded in 1944 by Elgie Graham and Willie Johnson, Houston, MS
  • Lonnie Pitchford  (blues) Lexington, MS
  • Clyde Pitts (country singer, musician, lead guitarist, songwriter) Jackson
  • Tommy Polk (Nashville songwriter)
  • Eugene Powell (blues) Greenville, MS
  • Elvis Presley (rock and roll) Tupelo, MS, 1935-1977
  • Leontyne Price (Operatic soprano, first black to achieve stardom in opera, winner of fifteen Grammy awards)
  • Charley Pride (recording artist, three-time Grammy winner in country music), Sledge, MS, 1938
  • Tommy T-Bone Pruitt
  • James Edward "Snooky" Pryor (blues)  Lambert, MS

R

  • Bill (Billy) Ray Born and raised in Jackson, MS, appears in Morgan Freeman's "Sound Revolution", a historical journey through the blues featuring footage from Ike Turner's 2002 Montreux Jazz Festival with Ray on drums!! won a Grammy for playing with Ike Turner in 2007 on Risin' with the Blues, now a session drummer, also tours with Earl Thomas and the Kings of Rhythm
  • The Red Tops Vicksburg, MS
  • Jimmy Reed  Mathias James Reed (blues) Dunleith, MS, 1925-1976
  • Del Rendon and the Puerto Rican Rum Drunks, Starkville, MS (Del Rendon died September 4, 2005)
  • Rhonda Richmond, (jazz) Jackson, MS
  • Dave Riley (blues) 1949 Hattiesburg
  • LeAnn Rimes (country music singer) Jackson, 1982
  • Johnny Robbins - singer in clubs in and around Tupelo beginning in the early 60's until his death from cancer in the early 80's. He recorded four songs at Fame in 1963 as a backup singer with the TEMPOS. He also recorded two songs on the Sun Label which have been released in Europe as Johnny Robbins and the Peppers.
  • Fenton Robinson (blues), Minter City (Greenwood), MS, 1935-1997
  • Andy Rodgers (harmonica blues) 1922
  • Jesse Rodgers (country) first cousin of Jimmie Rodgers, Waynesboro, MS, 1911-1973
  • Jimmie Rodgers (father of country music, songwriter, blues) 1897-1933, Meridian, MS
  • Jimmy Rogers  (blues) born in Ruleville, MS, 1924-1997
  • Charles Isaiah "Doc" Ross (guitar blues)  Tunica, MS, 1925
  • Steve Rouse (bassoonist, rhythm and blues, theory and composition) Moss Point, 1953
  • David Ruffin  (lead singer of the Temptations) Whynot, Mississippi 1941-1991
  • Jimmy Ruffin
  • Bobby Rush (funky blues)  Jackson, MS
  • Otis Rush  (blues)  Philadelphia, MS, 1934
  • Johnny Russell (country) Sunflower County, MS, 1940

S

  • Jeff Savage-- Clinton, MS, Grammy Nominated and Dove award winning producer and songwriter for such Gold and Platinum selling groups and artists TobyMac, dcTalk, Jars of Clay, Natalie Imbruglia, and Plumb among others.
  • Scott Savage-- Clinton, MS, former drummer of Grammy and Dove award winning band Jars of Clay
  • Bob Saxton (country) Newton County and Jackson, MS
  • James Sclater, composer, clarinetist, winner of American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) for nine consecutive years, Clinton, MS  (CD with Angela Willoughby called Conversations)
  • Second Mile (gospel) Philadelphia, MS
  • Eddie Shaw, (Chicago blues saxophone player) Stringtown, MS
  • J. D. Short (blues singer) Port Gibson, MS
  • Brandi Shurden  Starkville, Mississippi (country)
  • Chad Simmons (country) Brookhaven, MS
  • Gene Simmons  Tupelo, original rockabilly artist and the lead singer for the Bill Black Combo for years, recorded many songs for Hi and Sun Records in Memphis,third songwriter on Time McGraw's Indian Outlaw,  hit in the 60's called Haunted House.
  • James Simmons - Tupelo, singer with the Tempos
  • Jarekus Singleton bass guitarist and singer, won Jackson Music Award in 2012 for Blues Artist of the Year
  • Byther Smith (singer, guitarist, and songwriter) blues, born in 1932, Blues on the Moon
  • Dalton Smith (jazz trumpeter) Forest,  lead trumpet for Stan Kenton in the 60's, studio freelance artist
  • Mack Allen Smith Carroll County, Mississippi
  • Wadada Leo Smith (jazz, world music theory) 1941 Leland
  • Otis "Big Smokey"  Smothers (Chicago blues guitarist) Lexington, MS
  • Albert "Little Smokey" Smothers (Chicago blues) Tchula, MS, 1939- 2010.
  • Son House  (Eddie James, Jr.)
  • Southland Quartet, Corinth, MS 1940's
  • Otis Spann, (pianist) Belzoni, MS, 1930-1970
  • Sparks Family Singers Belmont, MS, 3 generations have performed throughout the US, have recorded 12 albums and over 100 songs
  • Britney Spears (McComb, Mississippi)
  • H. C. Speir (Jackson businessman known as the Godfather of Delta Blues, discovered many blues artists) died 1972
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers (see Jimbo Mathus )
  • The Staple Singers  (Roebuck "Pop" Staples) Winona, MS
  • Mavis Staple Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Named one of the 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone and 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll by VH1, Staples commands the sort of respect that earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for The Staple Singers, for which Mavis was lead singer. Her newest album is You Are Not Alone,
  • Garrison Starr (Hernando, Mississippi)
  • Frank Stewart
  • Lisa Stewart (songwriter--country, rock) Louisville, MS, 1968
  • William Grant Still (composer, Afro-American Symphony first symphonic work by a black performed in US), Woodville, MS
  • Laurie Stiratt (Oxford) vocalist, once member of now defunct Blue Mountain group
  • Sarah Streeter (aka Big Time Sarah) Coldwater, MS
  • Frank Stokes
  • Napoleon Strickland (fife and drum blues, master of the harmonica)  Como, MS, died in nursing home in Senatobia, MS, 1919- 2001, sometimes known as Napolian Strickland, taught to play by Otha Turner
  • Barrett Strong
  • Marty Stuart (country singer and guitarist) Philadelphia, MS, 1958, Grammy award winner for Hummingbird and others
  • Hubert Sumlin (guitar blues)  Greenwood, MS, 1931
  • Sunnyland Slim,( blues and folk pianist, singer, songwriter) born Albert Luandrew on September 5, 1906, in Vance, Mississippi. He died March 17, 1995, Luandrew received his nickname after writing a song about a famous train wreck in the 1930's involving the Sunnyland train. An exceptional songwriter and pianist with hands that could cover octaves, he was also instrumental in creating what's known as the Chicago sound. He is the man who introduced Muddy Waters to the Chess brothers and one of the most important musicians ever to set foot in the Windy City, working extensively with Waters, Willie Dixon, Howlin Wolf, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Little Walter Jacobs and Big Walter Horton, among others. During the Depression, he roved the South before settling in Chicago during the great Migration. His style featured a strong left hand for bassline and vamp chords and a right hand tremolo. A National Heritage Fellow, Studes Turkel called him "a living piece of our folk history, gallantly and eloquently carring on in the old tradition." (This info thanks to Marty Gunther.)

    Glenn Sutton (Jackson and Utica, MS)  songwriter of 27 BMI hits, formerly married to Lynn Anderson, produced her hit, "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden" for which he received a Platinum Album and Gold Single Award

  • Jimmy Swan (country "The Way You're Living") Hattiesburg, MS
  • Bobby Joe Swilley, Langford, MS, (Mississippi Mud) Rockabilly Hall of Fame

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  • Tangents (see Charlie Love Jacobs, also Duff Durrough and the Revelators, Fish Michie, and Bob Barbee)
  • Tate, Little Tommy raised in Mississippi, born in Florida in 1944 , singer, drummer, and songwriter for Stax Records
  • Taylor, Greg "Fingers" (rock and roll) Jackson since high school
  • Taylor, Eddie "Playboy" (blues guitarist) guitarist for Jimmy Reed,  Benoit, MS, 1923
  • Taylor, Hound Dog (slide guitarist) Natchez. MS, 1917-1975
  • Taylor, Melvin Jackson, MS
  • Taylor, W.C.
  • 3 Doors Down (rock) from Escatawpa, Mississippi, 3 Doors Down is Brad Arnold, lead vocals; Matt Roberts, guitar; Todd Harrell, bass and Chris Henderson, guitar
  • Temple, Johnny "Geechie" Canton, MS, 1906-1968
  • Thomas, Frank and Eddie (Iuka) the Blues Brothers formed a film production company, Thomasfilms, used their music and filmmaking talents to produce industrial and independent films. Zeb and Sal, a 30-minute docudrama, won them a gold award at the Houston International Film Festival in 1993, created an audio cassette self-guided driving tour of the Natchez Trace Parkway--an 8 1/2-hour series called "Natchez Trace: A Road Through the Wilderness," with original music and stories keyed to the historic road's mile markers. Then decided to research and record 61 songs for Highway 61, the Blues Highway in Mississippi and ended with a four CD series, called "Angels on the Backroads."
  • Thomas, Pat (blues) son of bluesman, guitarist and folk artist James ‘Son’ Thomas, carries on father’s legacy while leaving own mark in the Mississippi Delta.
  • Thomas, Rufus (blues) Cayce, MS 1917-2001
  • Thomas,Son (blues) born James Thomas,  Eden, MS
  • Thorn, Paul (Tupelo) singer who tours all over the US,  has written several songs recorded by artists such as Sawyer Brown and Tanya Tucker.   
  • Townsend, Henry (blues pianist and guitar player)  Shelby, MS
  • Turnbull, Walter (leader of Boys Choir of Harlem, opera) Greenville, MS,  wrote Lift Every Voice : Expecting the Most  and Getting the Best from All of God's  Children
  • Turner, Ike (blues, rock and roll) Clarksdale, MS, 1931-2007
  • Turner, Othar (blues) Gravel Springs, MS, 1908-2003
  • Twitty, Conway  (born Harold Lloyd Jenkins, country music singer and songwriter),  Friars Point, MS, 1933-1994
  • Tyler, Dan (successful songwriter and performer) McComb MS, moved to Nashville, TN in 1976, where he has had many hit songs as a writer (5 number one songs, dozens of other recorded songs) including Hearts on Fire (Eddie Rabbitt), Bobby Sue (the Oak Ridge Boys), Twenty Years Ago (Kenny Rogers),
    Modern Day Romance (the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and The Light in Your Eyes (Leann Rimes). B J Thomas, Bobby Blue Bland, Juice Newton, Candi Staton, and many others have recorded his songs. He was a featured musical performer on the Thacker Mountain Radio Show in 2014.

     

    U

      • Ulmer, L. C. (blues) Born 1919 in Ellisville, MS. A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Ulmer plays guitar, keyboards, drums, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, kazoo, and harmonica, performed as a “twelve piece” one-man band for many years
      • Ulmer, Matt  (Charlie Mars Band) Jackson, MS
      • Utica Jubilee Singers, (gospel) Utica, MS

      V

      • Van Acker, Steven Madison, MS
      • Vinson, Mose (blues pianist) Holly Springs, , MS, 1917
      • Vinson, Walter (guitarist and singer with Mississippi Sheiks) Bolton, MS, 1901-1975

      W

      • Walker,"Big Moose" (Chicago blues piano) Greenville, MS
      • Walker,Tricia award winning singer/songwriter, publisher and producer, her music has been recorded by Faith Hill, Patty Loveless and Alison Krauss, whose performance of Walker'sLooking in the Eyes of Love earned a Grammy, she recently moved to Cleveland, MS, and Delta State where she is the director of the Delta Music Institute
      • Walker, Robert Bilbo Clarksdale, MS
      • Wallace, L'il Bill (bass of Delta Blue)
      • Walley Family (gospel) Richton, MS
      • Walton, Wade (harmonica and guitar playing barber) Lombardy, MS
      • Ward, John (songwriter) Natchez, MS
      • Waters, Muddy (McKinley Morganfield)  Singer, blues guitarist, songwriter (Rolling Fork and Clarksdale, MS)
      • Watkins, Sr., Harvey "Pop"
      • Watson, Libby Rae (blues)
      • Watson, William (new age/classical pianist) Hattiesburg, MS,  album Burnham Woods, debut album Fields
      • Waits, Freddie jazz drummer
      • Weatherly, Jim Ponotoc, (has written over 120 songs registered by ASCAP), best known for writing hit songs for Gladys Knight in the 1970's including Midnight Train to Georgia,   born on March 17, 1943. 
      • Webb, Boogie Bill Jackson, MS
      • Wells, Lloyd (country and jazz guitarist) Music Director of Opryland USA, guitarist for Broadway shows, 1938
      • Whalen,Bobby (blues) Indianola, MS
      • Welch, Chapman See also Law of Nature
      • White,Artie (blues singer) Vicksburg, MS
      • White, Bukka (traditional blues singer and slide guitarist) Houston, MS, 1906-1977
      • White,  Harry K. saxophonist, born 1967 in Gulfport, graduated from Starkville High School, brother of Oxford playwright Neil W. White III, performs throughout US and Europe, Rascher Quartet
      • Wiginton, Johnny (country) North MS, a studio guitar player in and around Tupelo since the early sixties, has opened for or jammed with many older stars in the U.S, a regular on The Morning Show on Channel 9 in Tupelo since the show came on the air. He still continues to work in several studios in North Mississippi, operates a guitar repair shop in Tupelo Consignment Music.
      • Wiley, Geeshie early Delta country blues woman
      • Wilkins, Joe Willie (played guitar behind Sonny Boy Williamson) Davenport, MS
      • Wilkins, Robert Timothy (blues) 1896-1987
      • Williams Brothers  (gospel) Summit, Mississippi, founded 1960 by Leon "Pop" Williams
      • Wilkins, Robert (guitarist and singer) Hernando, MS
      • Williams, Frank (see Mississippi Mass Choir )
      • William, Big Joe (Delta blues guitarist and singer) Crawford, MS
      • Williams, Melvin
      • Williams, Milan B.
      • Williamson II, Sonny Boy (aka Rice Miller) Glendora, MS 1899-1965
      • Wilson, Al Meridian, MS, 1939-2008, soul singer, songwriter, performer, drummer
      • Wilson, Lester Senter (opera singer, Mississippi Governor's Award 2001)
      • Wilson, Cassandra (jazz singer and songwriter) 1997 MS Governor's Award for Excellence, Jackson, MS, Born 1955
      • Wilson, Gerald Stanley (jazz trumpet) 1918, Shelby
      • Wilson, Mary  (the Supremes) Greenwood, MS, 1944
      • Wilson, Smokey (blues)  Glen Allan, MS
      • Winston, George (pianist) Jackson, MS, winner of two Grammy Awards
      • Winter, Edgar (blues) Leland, MS, best known for instrumental Frankenstein
      • Winter, Johnny (blues) Leland, MS, Lived in Leland when young in the 1940's, father was mayor, Grammy winner with Muddy Waters
      • Wiseman, Craig (country) Hattiesburg, MS., CMA 2004 Song of the Year award for Live Like You Were Dying (Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman) and received 2005 Grammy nomination (singer  Tim McGraw), writer of the hit songs “Where the Green Grass Grows,” “The Good Stuff,” “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “The Cowboy in Me,” and many more, author of inspirational book Live Like You Were Dying.
      • Womack, David (composer, song writer, performer, producer) Jackson, MS, wrote I Was Born to Be Country (TV), Max (commercial), Brookhaven (commercial), Ain't No jokin' (commercial), Eden (musical), Fantasy Island (TV series), What's Woodie Say? (TV promo) Song writer, performer, producer, ASCAP Award winner, 2 time recipient of the Eudora Welty New Play Series for Musicals award, Best Jingle - Jackson Music Awards 
      • Workman, Nanette (popular Canadian singing star), raised in Jackson, MS
      • Wood, Bobby    New Albany, MS, (one of the Memphis Boys, singer, songwriter, session player, producer), co-wrote "Talkin' In Your Sleep," wrote "Committment" for Le Ann Rimes, and many others songs for many singers,  born on Jan. 25, 1941.
      • Wright, Benjamin (arranger, songwriter) Greenville, MS. Wrote and arranged the strings for Michael Jackson's 1979 No. 1 hit Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough. Off the Wall. Inducted into MS Musicians Hall of Fame in 2011.
      • Wright Frank (the Reverend) free jazz tenor saxophonist, 1935-1990, Grenada, MS, also bass player with B. B. King and Bobby Blue Bland.
      • Wynette, Tammy (country music singer), Tremont, MS

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