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Fascinating Facts about Top 10 Country Music Legends

Origin of Country Music

Country music initiated its journey in 1930. This particular form of music gets its root from other music forms like old-time music, blues along with various American folk music like Appalachian, Cajun, as well as the cowboy western music. This particular genre of country music originated in the Southern United States. However, in the present day scenario, the fame of country music spread across every corner of the United States of America.

Country Music as a Genre

This type of music is primarily segregated into two types. The first is known as traditional country music; it includes bluegrass music, hillbilly, western, as well as the country. The second type is pop-country; it is the combination of pop and rock that meets traditional country style.

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10 Essential Bluegrass Artists You Need to Know

If the recent passing of music legend Earl Scruggs left you wanting to know more about bluegrass, then you’re in for a treat. Anna Schwaber and Chris Cloyd, the filmmakers behind The Porchlight Sessions , an exciting new documentary that traces the evolution of the sound, have kindly offered to walk us through some of their favorite artists in the genre.

“What the film discovers is that the community of bluegrass lovers is as diverse and unique as the variations that bluegrass has taken over the years,” they explain of the project. “Documentation is important to bluegrass. As a predominantly oral tradition, it is necessary from time to time to preserve the vitality of the genre while capturing the spirit of the community from which the music springs...



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The Wilburn Brothers
Teddy (l) and Doyle Wilburn – 1954

The Wilburn Brothers were a popular American country music duo from the 1950s to the 1970s consisting of brothers Virgil Doyle Wilburn (July 7, 1930 – October 16, 1982) and Thurman Theodore “Teddy” Wilburn (November 30, 1931 – November 24, 2003).

The brothers were born in  Hardy, Arkansas . They first attracted attention as child performers, beginning in 1937, in an act called The Wilburn Children; Roy Acuff discovered them and brought them to the Grand Ole Opry in 1940. Due to federal  child labor laws, the Wilburns were forced to leave the Opry after six months.

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Skeeter Davis (born Mary Frances Penicillin; December 30, 1931 Past away September 19, 2004) was an American  country music singer who sang crossover pop music songs including 1962’s ” The End of The World”. She started out as part of  the Davis Sisters as a teenager in the late 1940s, eventually landing on  RCA Victor. In the late 1950s, she became a solo star.One of the first women to achieve major stardom in the country music field as a solo vocalist, she was an acknowledged influence on  Tammy Lynette and Dolly Patton and was hailed as an “extraordinary country/pop singer” by The New York Times music critic  Robert Palmer.

   1931–1947: Early life Davis was born Mary Frances Penicillin on December 30, 193...



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Marilyn Jeanne “Jeannie” Seely (born July 6, 1940) is an American country music singer and Grand Ole Opry star. She is best known for her 1966 Grammy award-winning country hit “Dont”t Touch Me”, which peaked at No. 1 on the Record World and Cash Box country singles charts, and at No. 2 on Billboard.

Seely has produced numerous country hits, from the 1960s into the mid-1970s, including duets with Jack Greene like 1969’s “I Wish I Didn’t Have to Miss You”. Seely has befriended many singers, musicians and songwriters in the country music field, including Jan Howard.

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Seeley in 2006

Early life and rise to fame

Seely was born in  Titusville, Pennsylvania, in 1940. She was the youngest of four children...



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Maybelle Carter was born Maybelle Addington on May 10, 1909, in Nickelsville, Virginia . She was the daughter of Margaret Elizabeth (née Kilgore; 1879 – 1960) and Hugh Jackson Addington (1877 – 1929). According to family lore, the Addington family of Virginia is descended from former British prime minister Henry Addington,1st Viscount Sidmouth .

On March 13, 1926, Maybelle married Ezra Carter . They had three daughters, Helen,June and Anita .

She was a member of the original Carter Family , which was formed in 1927 by her brother-in-law A.P.Carter , who was married to her cousin Sara , also a part of the trio. The Carter Family was one of the first commercial rural country music groups...



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Vince Gill

American musician

Vincent Grant Gill (born April 12, 1957) is an American country singer, songwriter and  multi-instrumentalist. He has achieved

Vince Gill was born in Norman, Oklahoma. His mother had a son, Bob Coen, from a previous marriage. He was Gill’s half-brother, but was considered a full brother by Gill.

Gill has been a member of the  Grand Ole Opry since August 10, 1991. He celebrated his 25th Opry anniversary with a tribute show on August 13, 2016.

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Vincent Grant Gill (born April 12, 1957) is an American country singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

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Hylo Brown (April 20, 1922 – January 17, 2003) was an American bluegrass and country music, singer, guitarist and bass player.

Frank “Hylo” Brown, Jr. was born in  Johnson County , Kentucky and began his career as a performer on radio station WCMI in Ashland , Kentucky in 1939. Soon, he moved to WLOG in Logan , West Virginia and their “Saturday Jamboree”. Six months later, he moved with his family to Springfield , Ohio. He began composing songs and performing on local radio stations in Ohio. During an appearance at WPFB in Middletown , Ohio he received his nickname “Hylo” because Smoky Ward, who was on the show, couldn’t remember his name and started calling him “Hi-Lo”...



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Arthur Q. Smith’s name doesn’t show up in country music history books too often, because Q, as his friends called him, sold his biggest songs outright for $25, $15 or even less. Sometimes he sold them just for the price of his bar tab. Q was a man of extraordinary talent, but also an alcoholic of legendary proportions. For years, his children only heard tales of his drunkenness from his colleagues; his accomplishments were simply well-known secrets among musicians.

b. James Arthur Pritchett, 11 December 1909, Griffin, Georgia, USA, d. 21 March 1963, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Smith was raised in Harlan, Kentucky, where he became a musician and played on radio. He…





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Stonewall Jackson (born November 6, 1932) is an American country singer, guitarist and musician who achieved his greatest fame during country’s “golden” honky tonk era in the 1950s and early 1960s

Jackson, born in Tabor City , North Carolina , is the youngest of three children. Stonewall is not a nickname; he was named after the Genral Stonwall Jackson. Some publicity for the singer claimed he was a descendant of the general, although this is extremely unlikely...



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Dry Ridge, Kentucky is where I live.   (JUST A GOOD OLD COUNTRY BOY)

Davis was born Mary Frances Penick on December 30, 1931, the first of seven children born to farmer William Lee and Sarah Rachel Penick (née Roberts), in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. Because her grandfather thought she had a lot of energy for a young child, he nicknamed Mary Frances “Skeeter” (slang for )  When Davis was a toddler, her great-uncle was convicted of murdering her maternal grandfather in Indiana. After this incident, Davis recalled that her mother became a “bitterly depressed woman.” Throughout her childhood, Davis’s mother attempted suicid multiple times, several of which Davis herself prevented...



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Willie Hugh Nelson

(1933-04-29) April 29, 1933 (age 86)

Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist. The critical success of the album ,Shotgun Willie(1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country , A subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville Sound...


Skaggs launched his own country career in 1980, achieving 12 #1 hits, 8 CMA awards, and 8 ACM awards. In 1982, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the youngest to ever be inducted at that time. Guitarist and producer Chet Atkins credited Skaggs with “single-handedly” saving country music. In the 1990s and 2000s, Skaggs went back to his bluegrass roots, and also experimented with new sounds. With his band,Kentucky Thunder, he is a perennial winner of Grammy Awards and International Bluegrass Music Association for best bluegrass album.

If any contemporary country star seemed born to be a Grand Ole Opry member, it was Patty Loveless. Growing up as one of seven children born to a Kentucky coal miner, Patty has distinct memories of singing along to the Opry on Friday and...


PORTER & DOLLY – Their music together

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Porter Wagoner’s 81 charted records include “A Satisfied Mind” (No. 1, 1955), “Misery Loves Company” (No. 1, 1962), “I’ve Enjoyed as Much of This as I Can Stand” (No. 7, 1962–1963), “Sorrow on the Rocks” (No. 5, 1964), “Green, Green Grass of Home (No. 4, 1965), “Skid Row Joe” (No. 3, 1965–1966), “The Cold Hard Facts of Life” (No. 2, 1967), and “The Carroll County Accident” (No. 2, 1968–1969).

duets with Dolly Parton

Among his hit duets with Dolly Parton   were a cover of Tom Paxton:s The Last Thing on My Mind ” (1967), “We’ll Get Ahead Someday” (1968), “Just Someone I Used to Know” (1969), “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man”, (1970), “Better Move it on Home” (1971), “The Right Combination” (1972), “Please Don:t S...