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MUSIC ACHIEVERS




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SMITTY GATLIN - Killen, Alabama
-Singer/songwriter, was focal point of gospel groups The Oak Ridge Boys and the Smitty Gatlin Trio
-Best known as singer of "Gloryland" and "You'll Never Walk Alone"

TEDDY GENTRY - Fort Payne, Alabama
-Bass player/vocalist/songwriter for the group Alabama
-Voted Country Artists of the Decade - 1980's

LLOYD L. GEORGE - Haleyville, Alabama
-Original "Lonzo" of the Grand Ole Opry comedy team of Lonzo & Oscar, 1940's-1950
-Solo career as "Ken Marvin"

DONNA THATCHER GODCHAUX-- Sheffield, Alabama
-Began her career as a background vocalist while still in high school
-Recorded with Elvis
-Toured and recorded with The Grateful Dead during the 70s

GOLD CITY- Gadsden, Alabama
-Pacesetter in Southern Gospel music
-Winners of almost every award in Gospel music

WILLIAM LEE GOLDEN-- Brewton, Alabama
-Member of The Oak Ridge Boys
-Had 11 number one country hits plus nine gold and two platinum albums
-"Elvira" went platinum and "Bobby Sue" went gold
-Formed The Goldens with his two sons

BOBBY GOLDSBORO-- Dothan, Alabama
-Attended Auburn University
His song, "Honey" was the largest selling single in 1968 with 6 million sales worldwide

HAPPY GOODMAN FAMILY - Albertville, Alabama
-From 1969-1978, won 3 Dove Awards and 2 Grammy Awards
-Since 1970, charted 28 Top 10's and 5 #1's in Gospel music

VERN GOSDIN - Woodland, Alabama
-Country singer/songwriter
-Known as "The Voice" for his quality vocals
-Hits include, "Chiseled In Stone, " "I Can Tell By the Way You Dance," "Dim Lights"

LLOYD GREEN - Mobile, Alabama
-Steel guitar player
-Nashville session musician for over 15 years averaging 400 sessions a year
-Worked with Faron Young, Freddie Hart, The Byrds, Paul McCartney, etc.

URBIE GREEN - Mobile, Alabama
-Trombonist with Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, & Tommy Dorsey

REX GRIFFIN - Gadsden, Alabama
-Wrote over 100 songs, first honky tonk song, "The Last Letter" plus "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby," and "Just Call Me Lonesome"
-Recorded "Lovesick Blues" 10 years before Hank Williams
-Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

SIDNEY "HARDROCK" GUNTER - Birmingham, Alabama
-Best remembered for writing "Birmingham Bounce" a #1 song for Red Foley
-Member of the Golden River Boys

JOE GUY - Birmingham, Alabama
-Trumpet with big bands by Teddy Hill & Coleman Hawkins in the 1930's
-Involved in the early development of bebop playing with Thelonious Monk, Charlie Christian, Charlie Parker and Bud Powell
In 1945 had a brief personal & professional relationship with Billie Holliday

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AchieverStyleInstrumentWorked WithDate Of BirthDate Of DeathPlace Of BirthHome
Gainey, AndreaOperaVocalsBirmingham, AL
Gains, EarlR&BVocals8/19/35Decatur, AL
Gallaher, DaveRock, BluesGuitar, HarmonicaBuddy Guy, Bo DiddleyAL
Galloway, Ted A.Marching BandConductorBand Masters Hall of Fame 199112/12/36Tuscaloosa, ALBirmingham, AL
Garnett, JackieCountryVocals, PianoVassar Clements4/28/55Lafayette, AL
Gatlin, SmittyGospel, CountryVocalsOak Ridge Quartet7/25/353/20/72Bethel, TNKillen, AL
Gentry, TeddyCountryBass, VocalsAlabama1/22/52Fort Payne, AL
George, LloydCountry, Comedyaka Lonzo of "Lonzo & Oscar"Haleyville, AL
Giattina, Joseph P.JazzConductor19078/7/98Birmingham, AL
Gibson, BettyCountryPromotionCo-Owns Publishing Co.Ft. Davis, AL
Gibson, David AllenClassicalEducator, PianoDecatur, AL
Gibson, Dolly BrownJazzPianoBirmingham, AL
Gibson, JoeCountryGuitar, Banjo, MandolinOwns Publishing Co.Ovett, MSGeorgiana, AL
Gilbert, KerryCountry, RockVocalsFranklin Co., AL
Gilewitz, RichardFolkGuitarNational Folk FestivalsTuscaloosa, AL
Gillespie, JerryGospelVocalsDecatur, AL
Gilley, T.L.GospelSongwriterThe Florida BoysAL
Gillion, DavidCountryVocals, Guitar, KeyboardsTennessee PulleyboneBirmingham, AL
Gist, BrucePop, Rock, CountrySongwriterSt. Joseph, TNKillen, AL
Glen Wade BandCountry, RockGroupSheffield, AL
Gloser, Mort M.Marching BandConductorBand Masters Hall of Fame 197610/5/13Rochelle, ILGadsden, AL
Godchaux, DonnaPop, Rock, ChristianVocalsGrateful Dead, Elvis Presley8/22/47Sheffield, AL
Goff, Tommy KingMarching BandConductorBand Masters Hall of Fame 19896/13/33Mobile, ALAuburn, AL
Gold CityGospelGroupGlencoe, AL
Golden, ChrisCountry, Rock, PopVocals, KeyboardsGoldens, Williams Lee's son10/17/62Brewton, AL
Golden, JeffCountryVocalsAbbeville, AL
Golden, RustyCountry, Rock, PopVocals, GuitarGoldens, Williams Lee's son1/3/59Brewton, AL
Golden, William LeeCountry, PopVocalsOak Ridge Boys1/12/39Brewton, AL
GoldensCountry, RockGroupBrewton, AL
Goldsboro, BobbyPopVocals, GuitarRoy Orbison1/18/41Marianna, FLDothan, AL
Good Rockin' CharlesBluesVocals, Harmonicaaka Charles Edwards3/4/33Tuscaloosa, AL
Goodhue, LillianJazzVocals - SopranoDuke Ellington, Cab Calloway18961994Montgomery, AL
Goodman, HowardGospelVocalsHappy Goodman FamilyBirmingham, AL
Goodman, RustyGospelVocalsHappy Goodman FamilyBirmingham, AL
Goodman, VestalGospelVocalsHappy Goodman FamilyAlbertville, AL
Goodwin, EddieRockDrumsBobby Denton, Charles SennFlorence, AL
Goossen, FredericClassicalComposer, TheoristUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosa, AL
Gorden, OdettaFolkVocalsaka Odetta12/31/30Birmingham, AL
Gordon, AmosJazzAlto SaxophoneLouis Armstrong, Sun RaBirmingham, AL
Gordon, Nancy NolanGospelPiano, SongwriterIntegrity MusicMobile, AL
Gore, TonyGospelVocalsMajestyClanton, AL
Goree, Joan A.ChoirVocals3/21/Trinity, AL
Gosdin, RexCountryVocalsGosdin Bros.Woodland, AL
Gosdin, VernCountryVocalsGosdin Bros.8/5/34Woodland, AL
Gospel HarmonettesGospelGroupCarnegie Hall1940Birmingham, AL
Grace, TeddyBlues, JazzVocals6/26/051/4/92Arcadia, LAMontgomery, AL
Graham, JakiR&BVocalsBirmingham, AL
Grant, Leola "Coot"Vaudeville, BluesVocals6/17/1893Birmingham, AL
Grateland, KimberlyOperaVocalsMontgomery, AL
Graveline, Norman GarrettCountryKeyboards, SaxophoneCountry Boy EddieManchester, NHBirmingham, AL
Graves, Alexander "Pete"R&BTenor VocalsMoonglows4/17/36AL
GravyBlues, RockGroupBirmingham, AL
Gray, Lenora H.CountrySongwriter9/14/34Florence, AL
Green, EarlCountrySongwriterCarl Montgomery, James JoinerNauvoo, AL
Green, JohnBluegrassGuitarFoster Family BandFlorence, AL
Green, JohnCountrySongwriterAL
Green, LloydCountrySteel Guitar10/4/37Mobile, AL
Green, MarcellusJazzTrumpetErskine HawkinsBirmingham, AL
Green, UrbieJazzTrombone8/8/26Mobile, AL
Greene, Cindy WheelerCountryAL
Greene, JeanieGospel, Rock, R&BVocalsAlabama State TroopersCorinth, MSMuscle Shoals, AL
Greene, MarlinRock, R&B,GospelEngineer, ProducerPercy SledgeTown Creek, AL
Greene, PeteCountry, RockEngineer, ProducerBarry Beckett, MSS StudiosRussellville, AL
Greene, William "Bill"Pop, RockVocalsAL
Greene, Willie JamesPop, Rock, CountryVocals, PianoBirmingham, AL
Greenleaf, Robert B.Classical, OperaComposerMontgomery Symphony OrchestraAuburn, AL
Greenwood, LilGospel, Jazz, BluesVocals, SongwriterDuke EllingtonPrichard, AL
Greer, FrankJazzTrumpetFess WhatleyBirmingham, AL
Griffin, GeneR&BProducer, SongwriterBobby BrownPhenix City, AL
Griffin, RexCountryVocals, Guitar, Songwriter8/12/1210/11/59Gadsden, AL
Griggs, EddieCountry, RockVocals, GuitarHank FlamingoFlorence, AL
Grigsby, Jason LeePop, BroadwayVocalsaka "Jason Lee" MSS StudioKillen, AL
Grimes, JohnnyJazzTrumpetFess WhatleyBirmingham, AL
Grimsley, DaphneOperaVocalsManhattan School of MusicAlexander City, AL
Grundhoefer, JerryJazzPiano, SaxophoneMinneapolis, MNBirmingham, AL
Gulley, DennisRockVocals, GuitarJackson HighwayFort Payne, AL
Gulley, RussellRock, BluesBass, VocalsJackson HighwayFort Payne, AL
Gunn, JimmyCountryDrumsTanya Tucker, Leon RussellLanett, AL
Gunter, Sidney "Hardrock"CountryVocals, Songwriter"Birmingham Bounce"2/27/25Birmingham, AL
Gussen, Edna GockelClassicalPiano, Composermusic for Alabama state song1878Covington, KYBirmingham, AL
Guy, Joseph Luke "Joe"JazzTrumpetThelonious Monk,Billie Holiday9/20/2012/61Birmingham, AL

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