Musicians

Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson

(1937- ) Born in Columbia, SC, Bill Anderson is a country music singer and songwriter nicknamed "Whisperin' Bill."

Cat Anderson

Cat Anderson

(1916-1981) Born in Greenville, SC, Cat Anderson was a well-known jazz trumpeter who played with Duke Ellington in his orchestra.

Pink Anderson

(1900-1974) Born in Laurens, SC, Pink Anderson was a blues singer and guitarist who inspired the "Pink" in the name of the English rock band Pink Floyd.

Brook Benton

Brook Benton

(1931-1988) Born in Lugoff, SC, Brook Benton was a popular soul singer of the 1960s, with his signature song, "Rainy Night in Georgia." He also popularized a traditional blues song titled “The Boll Weevil Song” about the devastation caused by the beetle.

James Brown

James Brown

(1933-2006) Born in Barnwell, SC, James Brown was an influential bandleader, singer and composer known as the Godfather of Soul.

Tommy Caldwell

(1949-1980) From Spartanburg, SC, Tommy Caldwell was the original bassist and leader of The Marshall Tucker Band.

Chubby Checker

Chubby Checker

(1941- ) Born in Spring Gulley (Andrews, SC) with the name Ernest Evans, Chubby Checker is a singer best known for “The Twist.”

Gary Davis

Gary Davis

(1896-1972) Born in Clinton, SC, Gary Davis was a blind blues and gospel songwriter and innovative guitarist.

Julius Dixson

(1913-2004) Born in Barnwell, SC, Julius Dixson was an African American songwriter and record company executive.

Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie

(1917-1993) Born in Cheraw, SC, African American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer and composer

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