Country singer Charley Pride was born on March 18, 1938, into a sharecropping family with 11 children. Drawn to the radio music of Hank Williams Roy Acuff, he acquired a Sears Roebuck guitar and taught himself to play at age 14. Pride hoped to make his name as a baseball player, and played in the Negro Leagues for some time, entertaining teammates on the bus with his guitar and singing, and gaining stage experience by joining bands in performance from time to time.
Jerry Reed (1937-2008) Died of Emphysema. He was a Country Music singer, guitarist, songwriter and actor. Co-starred with Burt Reynolds in "Smokey and the Bandit" which he wrote and sang the theme song, "East Bound and Down"".
Dolly Parton (Solo country vocalist & multi-instrumentalist. She has won 8 Grammys, 2 Academy Award nominations, 10 Country Music Choice Awards, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards, & Country Music's Entertainer of the Year. She has penned over 3,000 songs & has 46 Grammy nominations. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, & starred in musical films 9 to 5, Joyful Noise, & The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas)
Merle Haggard (April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016) was an American country music songwriter, singer, guitarist, fiddler, & instrumentalist. Along with Buck Owens, Haggard & his band the Strangers helped create the Bakersfield sound, which is characterized by the twang of Fender Telecaster & the unique mix with the traditional country steel guitar sound, new vocal harmony styles in which the words are minimal. In 1994, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He died on his 79th…