Nat King Cole - Born in Montgomery. Sold over 50 million records. Recieved Lifework Award and a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Had a TV variety show called The Nat King Cole show. He played in the movies, St. Louis Blues, The Blue Gardenia, China Gate and Cat Ballou. Inducted into Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jazz Hall of Fame and Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
Etta James (1938 - 2012) Singer. She was born Jamesetta Hawkins. Winner of six Grammy awards and the Grammy Lifetime achievement award. She has two songs in the Grammy Hall of Fame, "At Last" and "The Wall Flower." In addition she was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 August 10, 2008) was a black American songwriter, musician, singer, actor, and voice actor. Hayes was one of the creative influences behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a record producer. The hit song "Soul Man" has been recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the Grammy Hall of Fame.
PRINCE ~ The Purple One was born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958. Over the course of his career, he won seven Grammys, an Academy Award, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and changed the music industry completely. ~~ Prince Dies: His Life in Pictures : People.com
Kitty Wells from Celebrity Deaths: 2012's Fallen Stars
Kitty Wells August 30, 1919 – July 16, 2012 The Queen of Country Music died at the age of 92 after suffering complications from a stroke. As the first successful female country star, Kitty's accomplishments include an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976 and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award as the third country music artist (and eighth woman) so honored.
En 1948 se traslada a Nueva York, en compañía de Armando Peraza. Trabaja después con diversas orquestas, entre ellas la de Pérez Prado, aunque un accidente y una larga estancia en el hospital, le llevan al mundo de la droga.2 Una vez repuesto, trabaja con Tito Puente, hasta 1958, grabando una docena de discos en este periodo.
<p>The country music legend died on April 6, which was his 79th birthday. Known for hits including “Okie From Muskogee” and “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” he had been battling pneumonia. A California native, he spent time in San Quentin State Prison following an attempted burglary, but found fame in the music world after his release. He received several Grammys and saw his song “Mama Tried” be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.<i> (Photo: Getty Images)</i><br /></p>
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists – "the most influential artists of the rock & roll era".
Dottie West (Oct. 11, 1932 – Sept. 4, 1991) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Along with her friends and co-recording artists Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, she is considered one of the genre's most influential and groundbreaking female artists. Her career started in the early 1960s, with her Top 10 hit, "Here Comes My Baby Back Again," which won her the first Grammy Award in 1965. She died from injuries sustained in an auto accident on the way to perform at the Grand Ole…
Patti Page - Clara Ann Fowler, Claremore, Oklahoma....Nov. 8, 1927 - Jan. 1, 2013. "That Singing Rage, Miss Pattie Page" ....Tennessee Waltz, How Much is that Doggie in the Window?, Old Cape Cod.....Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, 2013.
Curtis Mayfield was paralyzed from the neck down after lighting equipment fell on him during a live performance at Wingate Field in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York on August 13, 1990. He continued his career as a recording artist, releasing his final album New World Order in 1997. Mayfield won a Grammy Legend Award in 1994 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, and was a double inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of the Impressions in 1991, and again in 1999 as…