Thomas A. Dorsey
Thomas A. Dorsey

American gospel songwriter and pianist
Dorsey transformed the character, performance, and distribution of gospel music, bringing it out of the realm of church choirs and into the popular music arena.

Born: July 1, 1899; Villa Rica, Georgia
Died: January 23, 1993;...

Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard

American country singer, guitarist, and songwriter The gritty realism and emotional rawness of Haggard’s lyrics and vocal performances transformed country music into a major commercial art form. Many of Haggard’s songs are undisputed country classics that, with si...

Little Richard
Little Richard

American rock singer, songwriter, and pianist A1950’s rock and roller, Little Richard is noted for his hit songs (“Tutti Frutti” and “Long Tall Sally”) and for his hard-driving performances, which included outlandish costumes, heavy makeup, and...