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"Top Ten Artists From Each State"

CRITERIA - These artists are ranked based upon their overall achievements as musicians and on their identification with the state they are listed in. The artist must have been born in the state to be listed. If the artist is a group then all of the main members had to have been born in that state to be listed.

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ALABAMA
1 - Hank Williams
2 - Nat "King" Cole
3 - Dinah Washington
4 - Alabama
5 - Wilson Pickett
6 - Sonny James
7 - Lionel Richie
8 - Lucky Millinder
9 - Eddie Kendricks
10 - Martha Reeves

ALASKA
1 - Kate Earl
2 - Kevin Johansen
3 - Lincoln Brewster
4 - Libby Roderick
5 - Kelly Susan Moneymaker
6 - Andrew Lynch
7 - Khaleed "Khleo" Thomas
8 - Joshua Jacob Morrow
9 - Matthew Burtner
10 - Artis The Spoonman

ARIZONA
1 - Charles Mingus
2 - Linda Ronstadt
3 - Marty Robbins
4 - Stevie Nicks
5 - Michelle Branch
6 - Dierks Bentley
7 - Joe Jonas
8 - Jordin Sparks
9 - Rex Allen
10 - Jody Miller

ARKANSAS
1 - Johnny Cash
2 - Louis Jordan
3 - Glen Campbell
4 - Bill Broonzy
5 - Al Green
6 - Little Willie John
7 - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
8 - Jr. Walker
9 - Charlie Rich
10 - Jimmy Witherspoon

CALIFORNIA
1 - Brian Wilson
2 - Merle Haggard
3 - Creedence Clearwater Revival
4 - Herb Alpert
5 - Cher
6 - Etta James
7 - N.W.A.
8 - Snoop Dogg
9 - Johnny Otis
10 - Pointer Sisters

COLORADO
1 - Paul Whiteman
2 - Eugene Fodor
3 - Philip Bailey
4 - Michael Johnson
5 - Jody Reynolds
6 - Jack Grayson
7 - Jello Biafra
8 - Artie Shapiro
9 - Paul Lingle
10 - Jerry Martini

CONNECTICUT
1 - Carpenters
2 - Gene Pitney
3 - Michael Bolton
4 - John Mayer
5 - Les Elgart
6 - Buddy Morrow
7 - Larry Elgart
8 - Bill Morrissey
9 - Grayson Hugh
10 - Kris Jensen

DELAWARE
1 - George Thorogood
2 - Clifford Brown
3 - Dennis Brockenborough
4 - Chuck Wicks
5 - Judith LeClair
6 - Stephen Marley
7 - Jim Wilson
8 - Jennifer Zetlan
9 - Don Schiff
10 - Cisco Houston

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
1 - Duke Ellington
2 - Marvin Gaye
3 - John Philip Sousa
4 - Len Spencer
5 - Billy Stewart
6 - Eva Cassidy
7 - Mya
8 - Van McCoy
9 - Ginuwine
10 - Ronnie Dyson

FLORIDA
1 - Jim Morrison
2 - Tom Petty
3 - Pat Boone
4 - Slim Whitman
5 - Debbie Harry
6 - Cannonball Adderly
7 - Gary U.S. Bonds
8 - T-Pain
9 - Faith Evans
10 - David Sanborn

GEORGIA
1 - Ray Charles
2 - Little Richard
3 - Otis Redding
4 - Brenda Lee
5 - Harry James
6 - Ma Rainey
7 - Gladys Knight and the Pips
8 - Outkast
9 - Kanye West
10 - Ray Stevens

HAWAII
1 - Bette Midler
2 - Bob Shane
3 - Don Ho
4 - Yvonne Elliman
5 - Arthur Lyman
6 - Jack Johnson
7 - Alfred Apaka
8 - Robin Ward
9 - Nicole Scherzinger
10 - James Mercer

IDAHO
1 - Commander Cody
2 - Paul Revere
3 - Karen Chandler
4 - Doug Martsch
5 - Josh Ritter
6 - Bob Bates
7 - Rosalie Sorrels
8 - Norman Bates
9 - Eilen Jewell
10 - Gregg Hale

ILLINOIS
1 - Benny Goodman
2 - Miles Davis
3 - Curtis Mayfield
4 - Herbie Hancock
5 - Frankie Laine
6 - R. Kelly
7 - Phil Everly
8 - Lavern Baker
9 - Gene Krupa
10 - Rev. James Cleveland

INDIANA
1 - Michael Jackson / Jackson 5
2 - Janet Jackson
3 - John Cougar Mellencamp
4 - Marion Harris
5 - David Lee Roth
6 - Axl Rose
7 - Bobby Helms
8 - Babyface
9 - Wes Montgomery
10 - Freddie Hubbard

IOWA
1 - Glenn Miller
2 - Andy Williams
3 - Bix Beiderbecke
4 - Tracie Spencer
5 - James "Pookie" Hudson
6 - Jack Reno
7 - Tommy Bolin
8 - Dusty Fletcher
9 - T-Boz
10 - Shannon Brown

KANSAS
1 - Charlie Parker
2 - Stan Kenton
3 - Melissa Etheridge
4 - Joe Walsh
5 - Marvin Rainwater
6 - Lee Allen
7 - Wendell Hall
8 - Martha Davis
9 - Wade Flemons
10 - Freedy Johnston

KENTUCKY
1 - Loretta Lynn
2 - Bill Monroe
3 - Judds
4 - Rosemary Clooney
5 - Lionel Hampton
6 - Dwight Yoakam
7 - Red Foley
8 - Crystal Gayle
9 - Don Everly
10 - Jackie DeShannon

LOUISIANA
1 - Louis Armstrong
2 - Fats Domino
3 - Mahalia Jackson
4 - Jelly Roll Morton
5 - Jerry Lee Lewis
6 - Webb Pierce
7 - Leadbelly
8 - Professor Longhair
9 - Lil Wayne
10 - Tim McGraw

MAINE
1 - Patty Griffin
2 - Howie Day
3 - John Densmore
4 - Bill Flagg
5 - Spose
6 - Clarence White
7 - John Etnier
8 - Catie Curtis
9 - Johnny Williams
10 - David Mallett

MARYLAND
1 - Frank Zappa
2 - Sonny Til and the Orioles
3 - DMX
4 - Mama Cass Elliot
5 - Chick Webb
6 - Paul Stookey
7 - Ric Ocasek
8 - Greg Kihn
9 - Toni Braxton
10 - Bob Lind

MASSACHUSETTS
1 - Donna Summer
2 - James Taylor
3 - Ray Conniff
4 - Ames Brothers
5 - Georgia Gibbs
6 - Bobby Brown
7 - Robert Goulet
8 - Chick Corea
9 - Freddy Cannon
10 - Billy Squier

MICHIGAN
1 - Stevie Wonder
2 - Madonna
3 - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
4 - Diana Ross and the Supremes
5 - Judy Garland
6 - Jackie Wilson
7 - Bill Haley
8 - Bob Seger
9 - Four Tops
10 - Hank Ballard

MINNESOTA
1 - Bob Dylan
2 - Prince
3 - Andrews Sisters
4 - Eddie Cochran
5 - Charlie Ryan
6 - Morris Day
7 - Big Tiny Little
8 - Jonathan Edwards
9 - Mary MacGregor
10 - Larry Verne

MISSISSIPPI
1 - Elvis Presley
2 - B.B. King
3 - Sam Cooke
4 - Muddy Waters
5 - Howlin' Wolf
6 - Robert Johnson
7 - Jimmie Rodgers
8 - Bo Diddley
9 - Tammy Wynette
10 - Conway Twitty

MISSOURI
1 - Chuck Berry
2 - Big Joe Turner
3 - Coleman Hawkins
4 - Eminem
5 - Porter Wagoner
6 - Michael McDonald
7 - Pat Metheny
8 - Akon
9 - Sheryl Crow
10 - Ferlin Husky

MONTANA
1 - Jeff Ament
2 - Nicolette Larson
3 - Philip Aaberg
4 - Tim Ryan
5 - Martha Raye
6 - Wally Kurth
7 - Stephanie Davis
8 - Joseph Fire Crow
9 - Karan Armstrong
10 - Bob Enevoldsen

NEBRASKA
1 - Wynonie Harris
2 - Fred Astaire
3 - Roger Williams
4 - Buddy Miles
5 - Randy Meisner
6 - Paul Williams
7 - Matthew Sweet
8 - Tompall Glaser
9 - Steve Alaimo
10 - Jeri Southern

NEVADA
1 - Brandon Flowers
2 - Vernon Alley
3 - Fred Cole
4 - Ryan Ross
5 - Ronnie Vannucci Jr
6 - John Miner
7 - Brendon Urie
8 - Jenny Lewis
9 - Andy Morriss
10 - Mikalah Gordon

NEW HAMPSHIRE
1 - Ronnie James Dio
2 - Ray LaMontagne
3 - Tom Rush
4 - Charlie Clouser
5 - Mandy Moore
6 - Al Barr
7 - Shaggs
8 - GG Allin
9 - Jeffrey Moore
10 - Matt Deis

NEW JERSEY
1 - Frank Sinatra
2 - Bruce Springsteen
3 - Count Basie
4 - Paul Simon
5 - Sarah Vaughan
6 - Whitney Houston
7 - Dionne Warwick
8 - Ricky Nelson
9 - Jon Bon Jovi
10 - Connie Francis

NEW MEXICO
1 - John Denver
2 - Jimmy Bowen
3 - Sgt. Barry Sadler
4 - Stacy Dean Campbell
5 - Randy Castillo
6 - Sonny Throckmorton
7 - Junior Daugherty
8 - Kenny Dale
9 - Seann Scott
10 - Robert Mirabal

NEW YORK
1 - Mariah Carey
2 - Barbra Streisand
3 - Billy Joel
4 - Tony Bennett
5 - Jay-Z
6 - Carole King
7 - Fats Waller
8 - Neil Diamond
9 - Mary J. Blige
10 - Run-DMC

NORTH CAROLINA
1 - John Coltrane
2 - Clyde McPhatter
3 - Thelonius Monk
4 - Ben E. King
5 - Ronnie Milsap
6 - Nina Simone
7 - George Clinton
8 - Randy Travis
9 - Charlie Daniels
10 - Roberta Flack

NORTH DAKOTA
1 - Peggy Lee
2 - Lawrence Welk
3 - Bobby Vee
4 - Lynn Anderson
5 - Gwen Sebastian
6 - Mitch Malloy
7 - Dickie Peterson
8 - Johnny Lang
9 - Tom Rapp
10 - Shannon Curfman

OHIO
1 - Mills Brothers
2 - Dean Martin
3 - Isley Brothers
4 - Doris Day
5 - Art Tatum
6 - Vaughn Monroe
7 - Ted Lewis
8 - Tommy James
9 - Nancy Wilson
10 - Teresa Brewer

OKLAHOMA
1 - Garth Brooks
2 - Woody Guthrie
3 - Patti Page
4 - Reba McEntire
5 - Kay Starr
6 - Vince Gill
7 - Leon Russell
8 - Roy Milton
9 - Chet Baker
10 - Toby Keith

OREGON
1 - Johnnie Ray
2 - Mark Lindsay
3 - Doc Severinsen
4 - Meredith Brooks
5 - Lee Morse
6 - Susan Raye
7 - Rosie Hamlin
8 - Dennis Dunaway
9 - Jim Pepper
10 - Jerry Kilgore

PENNSYLVANIA
1 - Billie Holiday
2 - Tommy Dorsey
3 - Billy Murray
4 - Perry Como
5 - Jimmy Dorsey
6 - Mario Lanza
7 - Art Blakey
8 - Stan Getz
9 - Billy Eckstine
10 - Taylor Swift

RHODE ISLAND
1 - Jeffrey Osborne
2 - Freddie Scott
3 - John Cafferty
4 - Videls / Trade Winds / Innocense
5 - Jon B.
6 - Bobby Hackett
7 - Bill Conti
8 - Blu Cantrell
9 - Walter (Wendy) Carlos
10 - Billy Gilman

SOUTH CAROLINA
1 - James Brown
2 - Dizzy Gillespie
3 - Chubby Checker
4 - Buddy & Ella Johnson
5 - Brook Benton
6 - Eartha Kitt
7 - Don Covay
8 - John Phillips
9 - Chuck Jackson
10 - Bill Anderson

SOUTH DAKOTA
1 - Shawn Colvin
2 - Jess Thomas
3 - Joey Clement
4 - Myron Floren
5 - Dorothy Provine
6 - Cheryl Ladd
7 - Abby Whiteside
8 - Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman
9 - Bob Stewart
10 - Ron Holgate

TENNESSEE
1 - Aretha Franklin
2 - Bessie Smith
3 - Dolly Parton
4 - Tina Turner
5 - Eddy Arnold
6 - Bobby "Blue" Bland
7 - Roy Acuff
8 - Dinah Shore
9 - Usher
10 - Isaac Hayes

TEXAS
1 - Buddy Holly
2 - Willie Nelson
3 - George Jones
4 - Roy Orbison
5 - Johnny Mathis
6 - Kenny Rogers
7 - Janis Joplin
8 - Beyonce
9 - Buck Owens
10 - Ray Price

UTAH
1 - Donny Osmond
2 - Jewel
3 - Marie Osmond
4 - Art Lund
5 - Julianne Hough
6 - Ned Miller
7 - Don Bagley
8 - Bert McCracken
9 - Pat Boyack
10 - Alexa Wilkinson

VERMONT
1 - Rudy Vallee
2 - JoJo
3 - Dan Tyminski
4 - Anais Mitchell
5 - Aaron Lewis
6 - Stu Williamson
7 - Rob Eaton
8 - Nico Muhly
9 - Lui Collins
10 - Uri Keeler Hill

VIRGINIA
1 - Ella Fitzgerald
2 - Patsy Cline
3 - Ruth Brown
4 - Kate Smith
5 - Carter Family
6 - Roy Clark
7 - Wayne Newton
8 - Gene Vincent
9 - Missy Elliot
10 - Five Keys

WASHINGTON
1 - Bing Crosby
2 - Jimi Hendrix
3 - Judy Collins
4 - Kurt Cobain
5 - Carol Channing
6 - Kenny G.
7 - Mildred Bailey
8 - Chris Brown
9 - Kenny Loggins
10 - Jimmie Rodgers

WEST VIRGINIA
1 - Frankie Yankovic
2 - Bill Withers
3 - Garnet Mimms
4 - Little Jimmy Dickens
5 - Brad Paisley
6 - Rusty Bryant
7 - Marion Meadows
8 - Al Brown
9 - Frank DeVol
10 - Spyder Turner

WISCONSIN
1 - Les Paul
2 - Woody Herman
3 - Liberace
4 - Steve Miller
5 - Bunny Berigan
6 - Bobby Hatfield
7 - Al Jarreau
8 - Dave Dudley
9 - Pee Wee King
10 - Jane Wiedlin

WYOMING
1 - Loren Driscoll
2 - Spencer Bohren
3 - Lillingtons
4 - Teenage Bottlerocket
5 - Gary Small
6 - Kirby Heyborne
7 - Cary Judd
8 - Fred Sanford
9 - Ken Sanford
10 - John Perry Barlow


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There's been too many changes to list here, please check the list:

http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_state-artists.html


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I think Clifford Brown should above George Thorogood on the Delaware list. They're the state's best, but Brown is more influential and praised by critics/peers. He also has an annual festival named after him that's pretty big in Wilmington. I can't think of any equivalent for Thorogood or the Delaware Destroyers.


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Bruce wrote:
"Top Ten Artists From Each State"

CRITERIA - These artists are ranked based upon their overall achievements as musicians and on their identification with the state they are listed in. The artist must have been born in the state to be listed. If the artist is a group then all of the main members had to have been born in that state to be listed.
RHODE ISLAND
1 - Jeffrey Osborne
2 - Freddie Scott
3 - John Cafferty
4 - Videls / Trade Winds / Innocense
5 - Jon B.
6 - Bobby Hackett
7 - Bill Conti
8 - Blu Cantrell
9 - Walter (Wendy) Carlos
10 - Billy Gilman


OK, not bad. That's pretty much all the major artists from here. Throwing Muses would be a good candidate, but they were more popular in Europe than in the United States. Your criteria excludes Lightning Bolt and The Low Anthem, since one member each of those bands is not from the state.

If you grew up in Rhode Island, you would learn to despise John Cafferty and that stupid sub-Springsteen "On the Dark Side" song that local rock radio stations seem to adore playing.


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piper wrote:
OK, not bad. That's pretty much all the major artists from here. Throwing Muses would be a good candidate, but they were more popular in Europe than in the United States. Your criteria excludes Lightning Bolt and The Low Anthem, since one member each of those bands is not from the state.


Kristen Hersh was born in Georgia, so she wouldn't be eligible here either even though she grew up in RI. So it would have to be Tanya Donelly. Not sure if I'd put her above Cantrell or Gilman, but it's not out of the question.


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Brett Alan wrote:
piper wrote:
OK, not bad. That's pretty much all the major artists from here. Throwing Muses would be a good candidate, but they were more popular in Europe than in the United States. Your criteria excludes Lightning Bolt and The Low Anthem, since one member each of those bands is not from the state.


Kristen Hersh was born in Georgia, so she wouldn't be eligible here either even though she grew up in RI. So it would have to be Tanya Donelly. Not sure if I'd put her above Cantrell or Gilman, but it's not out of the question.


Oh yeah, I forgot about Hersh.

Donelly could be above Gilman. I don't know how successful Gilman has been outside of his one pop hit from a decade ago ("One Voice"), though.


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pgm wrote:
I think Clifford Brown should above George Thorogood on the Delaware list. They're the state's best, but Brown is more influential and praised by critics/peers. He also has an annual festival named after him that's pretty big in Wilmington. I can't think of any equivalent for Thorogood or the Delaware Destroyers.


A resonable argument. I just think that not enough people outside of jazz fans have ever heard of Brown. I know that I can't even name one song by him, while Thorogood's music is featured on TV commercials every day, and even his band (Delaware Destroyers) is identified with the state.


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Britney Spears is missing from Louisiana. I'd put her above Lil Wayne, at least.


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Zach wrote:
Britney Spears is missing from Louisiana. I'd put her above Lil Wayne, at least.


Anybody agree with this?

Should Lil Wayne or McGraw drop off?

Here's the current list:

1. Louis Armstrong
2. Fats Domino
3. Mahalia Jackson
4. Jelly Roll Morton
5. Jerry Lee Lewis
6. Webb Pierce
7. Louis Prima
8. Professor Longhair
9. Lil Wayne
10. Tim McGraw


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Bruno Mars has become a very big artist in the last few years, and he was born in Hawaii. I'd say he's no worse that fourth in that state.


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Brett Alan wrote:
Bruno Mars has become a very big artist in the last few years, and he was born in Hawaii. I'd say he's no worse that fourth in that state.


Thanks, I'll get him on the list.


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