Hank Williams
Hank Williams

American county singer, guitarist, and songwriter
A mesmerizing performer and skilled musician, Willams had awe-inspiring songwriting abilities, and with them he defined modern country music.

Born:
September 17, 1923; Georgiana,...

Aaron Copland
Aaron Copland

American classical composer
Departing from European styles, Copland helped define the musical identity of America, drawing on American ethnic and folk music and themes and on his assiduous study of the visual arts.

Born:
Novembe...

Maybelle Carter
Maybelle Carter

American country guitarist
As part of the musical Carter family, Carter helped create modern commercial country music, familial ties giving early country music its musical flavor as well as its stage presence.

Born:
May 10, 1909...

Mississippi John Hurt
Mississippi John Hurt

American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist
Storytelling balladry and touches of ragtime were strong elements in Hurt’s music, which was deeply rooted in traditions that predated the blues.

Born:
March 8, 1893; Teoc, Missis...

Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck

American jazz composer and pianist
As a composer, pianist, and leader of an influential quartet, Brubeck introduced unusual time signatures, polyrhythms, and polytonalities to the jazz world.

Born:
December 6, 1920; Concord, Cal...