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...The first Canadian country music star, Wilf Carter (known as Montana Slim in the United States), provided a link between country’s source material and its contemporary vogue. Born in 1904 in Nova Scotia, Carter’s family was poor and he...
...The life and career of Merle Haggard reads as a country music mythic story. Haggard’s parents moved from Oklahoma during the Great Depression, and Haggard was born in California in 1937. After his father’s death in 1945, Haggard became...

Shania Twain

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...Canadian country pop singer Shania Twain is a best-selling female solo artist for the country music genre. She has been nicknamed the “Queen of Country Pop.” Twain was born Eileen Regina Edwards on August 28, 1965, in Ontario, Canada...

Gene Autry

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...The Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry, was one of the most popular American entertainers for over thirty years. Autry was born in 1907 in Texas and his family relocated to Oklahoma in the early 1920s, where he worked on the family ranch before...

Bob Wills

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...Bob Wills, also known as the “King of Western Swing,” leader of “Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys,” was born James Robert Wills on March 6, 1905, in Texas, USA. At an early age, he learned the mandolin, guitar, and violin—his signature...

Garth Brooks

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...The mixture of country and rock and roll used by Garth Brooks helped to propel him to the top of the country charts and return the idiom to popular music. Brooks was born in Oklahoma in 1962; his mother had been a recorded singer and she...

Buck Owens

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...As the first major star to come out of the country music scene of Bakersfield, California, Buck Owens introduced the city’s unique sound to the nation and paved the way for the myriad artists who followed in his wake. Owens was born...

Buddy Holly

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...He was one of rock’s first icons, but Buddy Holly’s career was cut short by the 1959 plane crash that killed him, Richie Valens, the Big Bopper, and others. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Holly came from a musical family and performed with his...

John Denver

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...As a prominent member of the 1970s singer-songwriter movement, John Denver’s songwriting brought a unique voice to the genre. Denver was born in New Mexico in 1943; his father was in the US Air Force and thus the family moved often. He...
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...One of the most iconic rock and roll duos, the Everly Brothers, was comprised of Isaac Donald “Don” Everly and his brother Phillip “Phil” Everly (born in 1937 and 1939 respectively). Their father, a former coal miner, was encouraged...