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Famous Musicians Born in Alabama

Updated on March 15, 2017

Ruben Studdard

Ruben Studdard won The American Idol contest and he is known for gospel and R and B singing.
Ruben Studdard won The American Idol contest and he is known for gospel and R and B singing. | Source

Music in Alabama

Music in Alabama has a long and storied history Especially when it comes to country and soul or jazz music. Below is a list if some of the best musicians in Alabama history.

Steppenwolf

Larry Byrom of Huntsville, Alabama was a guitarist for Steppenwolf.
Larry Byrom of Huntsville, Alabama was a guitarist for Steppenwolf. | Source

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Rock Bands/ Musicians From Alabama

1. Tommy Shaw: Shaw is from Montgomery, Alabama and is best known for working with the bands Styx and Damn Yankees. Shaw has released six of his own albums along the way too. Shaw is a great guitarist who prefers to rock with the Fender sound.

2. Steppenwolf: Larry Byrom who played guitar for the rock band Steppenwolf was born in Huntsville, Alabama. The band has made many memorable songs, most notably, " Born to be Wild". The band has performed in stadiums all over the globe.

Percy Sledge: When a Man Loves a Woman

Country Bands/Artists From Alabama


1. Hank Williams: Williams was born in Mount Olive, Alabama and he is one of the most famous country singers of all time. Although he is most known for country singing but he was also a gospel and soul performer as well. Williams has over 50 albums counting greatest hits records.

2. Alabama: Alabama started in 1969 in Fort Payne, Alabama who primarily performed country and southern rock music. They have toured on a worldwide scale and have made many Multi platinum albums during their illustrious career.



Gucci Mane

Gucci Mane was born in Birmingham, Alabama and he has had a very successful rap career. He now calls Atlanta, Georgia home.
Gucci Mane was born in Birmingham, Alabama and he has had a very successful rap career. He now calls Atlanta, Georgia home. | Source

Hip Hop Bands/Artists From Alabama

1. Rich Boy: Richboy is from Mobile, Alabama and he is best known for the hip hop song, "Throw Some D's". He has lots of mixtapes and two studio albums the second of which was produced in part by Dr. Dre. He stays true to his roots and fully claims Bama in many of his songs.

2. Gucci Mane: Although Gucci resides in Georgia he was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He is distinguished fby an ice cream cone tattooed on his face. As of 2014 Mane has ten studi albums and he has done some outrageous music videos.

3. The Last Mr. Big: The Last Mr. Big or Diamond Eye was born in Mobile, Alabama and was shot twice including once on the eye. He has a diamond hanging on that eyelid. His hits include: Long Hair and Time To Go To Trial.

4. Yelawolf: Yelawolf is from Gadsden, Alabama. Currently he is signed to Eminem's Shady Records. Yelawolf has four studio albums thus far and several mix tapes. Also, Wolf has toured around the country and performed with artists such as Eminem, Kid Rock, Paul Wall and Lil John.


Alabama Music Hall of Fame

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame is located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and it features legendary musical memorabilia.
The Alabama Music Hall of Fame is located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and it features legendary musical memorabilia. | Source

Alabama Music Museums and Concert Halls

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Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
 
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Four of the top places to find music in Alabama.

Alabama Music Hall of Fame

The Alabama Music Hall of Fame is located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and it celebrates Alabama's rich music history with a museum. Pictures, videos, musical instruments and other memorabilia are the focus of this Hall of Fame and museum.

Induction ceremonies feature live music and autograph signings among other events.

Lionel Ritchie

Lionel Ritchie was born On Tuskegee, Alabama and still performs for the city from time to time.
Lionel Ritchie was born On Tuskegee, Alabama and still performs for the city from time to time. | Source

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Pop Bands/Artists From Alabama

1. Bo Bice: Bice was the season four runner up on American Idol. He has had three music albums which has produced mixed success.

2. Taylor Hicks: Hicks is best known for winning the fifth season of The american Idol show. He has had three studio albums thus far and appeared on several pop stars CDs as well. Hicks used to perform in night clubs in Southside, Birmingham.

3. Lionel Richie: Richie was born in Tuskegee, Alabama and he is best known for being a member of The Commodores. His solo career was outstanding as well though and he has had several number one hits.

4. Ruben Studdard: Studdard is from Birmingham, Alabama and he won The American Idol contest on television. He is known for pop or gospel music. Studdard has a sweet and soft voice that makes him well worth hearing.

Hank Williams:Your Cheatin' Heart

Jazz and Blues Artists From Alabama

1. Nat King Cole: Cole was born in Montgomery, Alabama and he is considered one of the best jazz pianist and jazz musicians of all time. Cole has 12 studio albums and over 50 compilation albums. Cole also has been in lots of films and he even hosted his own television show for a spell.

2. W.C. Handy: Handy was born in Florence, Alabama and he is known by the monicker " The Father of the Blues". Among the instruments that Handy mastered were the trumpet, guitar, piano, coronet and of course he could sing like no other.

3. Grover Mitchell: Mitchell was born in Whatley, Alabama and he was the trombone master if their ever was one. Mitchell was also a part of an Orchestra at one point in time. He was a master soul performer and he is a member of The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

4. Wilson Pickett: Pickett was born in Prattville, Alabama. Pickett was a soul and rock and roll artist. He had a beautiful singing voice and over the course of his marvelous career he produced 30 studio albums.

5. Percy Sledge: Sledge was born in Leighton, Alabama and he was an outstanding blues and soul singer. He is best known for the smash hit "When a Man Loves a Woman".



Other Alabama Musicians

This is a list of some other musicians with fame born in Alabama.

1. Tony Tennille

2. Martha Reeves

3. Wet Willie

4. Lionel Hampton

5. Five Blind Men of Alabama

6. Jake Landers

7. Delmore Brothers

8. Merle Kilgore

9. Shane Porter

10. Jimmy Buffet

Alabama has musicians and bands from Alabama from such genres as Rock, country, rap, r and b, soul, gospel, bluegrass and pop.

Nat King Cole: Unforgettable

Birthplace of WC Handy (Florence, Alabama)

© 2014 Buster Johnson

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