Jeannie C. Riley Similar Artists

Donna Fargo - 100% match to Jeannie C. Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Yvonne Vaughn, 10 November 1949, Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA. Fargo is the daughter of a tobacco farmer, and she sang in church as a child. She became a schoolteacher and was discovered by her future husband, record producer Stan Silver, singing in a club in Los Angeles. She first recorded in 1969, but her success started once she had signed with Dot Records in 1971. She Read more

Ferlin Husky - 100% match to Jeannie C. Riley

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 December 1925, on a farm near Flat River, Missouri, USA. Husky learned to play guitar as a child and during World War II served in the US Merchant Navy. His mother wanted him to be a preacher and his father a farmer, but after discharge, he found radio work as an announcer and disc jockey but gradually turned to performing while at KXLW St. Louis. In the late 40s he moved Read more

Billie Jo Spears - 80% match to Jeannie C. Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 January 1937, Beaumont, Texas, USA. Discovered by songwriter Jack Rhodes, Spears’ first record, as Billie Jo Moore, ‘Too Old For Toys, Too Young For Boys’, earned her $4, 200 at the age of 15. Despite appearances on The Louisiana Hayride, she did not record regularly until she signed with United Artists Records in 1964. Following her producer, Kelso Herston Read more

Hank Locklin - 77% match to Jeannie C. Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lawrence Hankins Locklin, 15 February 1918, McLellan, Florida. d. 9 March 2009, Brewton, Alabama. A farm boy, Locklin worked in the cotton fields as a child and on the roads during the Depression of the 30s. He learned to play the guitar at the age of 10 and was soon performing on local radio and at dances. His professional career started in 1938 and after an interruption fo Read more

Faron Young - 76% match to Jeannie C. Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 February 1932, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, d. 10 December 1996, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Young was raised on the farm his father bought just outside Shreveport and learned to play the guitar and sing country songs as a boy. Greatly influenced by Hank Williams (in his early days he was something of a soundalike) and while still at school, he formed a country band and beg Read more

Don Gibson - 73% match to Jeannie C. Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 April 1928, Shelby, North Carolina, USA, d. 17 November 2003, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. If loneliness meant world acclaim, then Gibson, with his catalogue of songs about despair and heartbreak, should have been a superstar. Considering himself ‘a songwriter who sings rather than a singer who writes songs’, Gibson is best remembered as the author of three standar Read more

Leroy Van Dyke - 72% match to Jeannie C. Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s
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Leroy Frank Van Dyke, 4 October 1929, Spring Fork, Missouri, USA. Besides working on the family farm, Van Dyke learnt the guitar and sang country songs. He gained a degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri, and then worked as a farm reporter and also trained as an auctioneer. Van Dyke worked for army intelligence during the Korean War and because he entertained Read more

Connie Smith - 70% match to Jeannie C. Riley

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Constance June Meadows, 14 August 1941, Elkhart, Indiana, USA. Raised in West Virginia and Ohio as one of 14 children, Meadows longed to be a country singer and taught herself to play the guitar while in hospital recovering from a leg injury, caused by an accident with a lawnmower. She sang at local events as a teenager and appeared on several radio and television shows. She Read more

Dottie West - 70% match to Jeannie C. Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Dorothy Marie Marsh, 11 October 1932, McMinnville, Tennessee, USA, d. 4 September 1991, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The eldest of 10 children, West worked the cotton and sugar cane crops on the family farm as well as looking after her younger siblings. Country music was popular with her parents and she first learned to play guitar from her father. She completed a college educ Read more

Bill Anderson - 69% match to Jeannie C. Riley

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kitty Wells - 66% match to Jeannie C. Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Muriel Ellen Deason, 30 August 1919, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The family relocated to Humphries County but returned to Nashville in 1928, where Deason’s father, who played guitar and sang for local dances, worked as a brakeman for the Tennessee Central Railroad. She grew up singing in the church choir, learned to play guitar and in 1934, she dropped out of school to w Read more

Jean Shepard - 64% match to Jeannie C. Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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John Conlee - 64% match to Jeannie C. Riley

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 August 1946, Versailles, Kentucky, USA. Conlee’s early years were filled with farm chores, but he was playing the guitar on local radio before he was 10. He describes Versailles as ‘a very small town with a very large barbershop chorus’ in which he sang high tenor. Like soul singer Solomon Burke, he became a licensed embalmer. In the mid-70s he set about es Read more

Carl Smith - 62% match to Jeannie C. Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
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T.G. Sheppard - 62% match to Jeannie C. Riley

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Neal Browder, 20 July 1944, Humboldt, Tennessee, USA. Sheppard is a nephew of old-time country performer Rod Brasfield, and his mother was a piano teacher who gave him lessons. Sheppard began his professional musical career in Memphis in the early 60s, working as a backing vocalist for Travis Wammack and then performing as Brian Stacey, having a regional hit with  Read more


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