Born in Columbia, SC, Bill Anderson is a country music singer and songwriter nicknamed "Whisperin' Bill."
Born in Greenville, SC, William Alonzo "Cat" Anderson was a well-known jazz trumpeter who played with Duke Ellington in his orchestra.
Born in Laurens, SC, Pinkney "Pink" Anderson was a blues singer and guitarist who inspired the "Pink" in the name of the English rock band Pink Floyd.
Mac Arnold is a blues musician from Pelzer, South Carolina. He is best known for his gas can guitars.
Born in Fairfield, SC, Nickolas Ashford was a singer, songwriter, and producer. Together with his wife, Valerie Simpson, they formed the legendary Motown songwriting-production team, Ashford & Simpson.
Born in Lugoff, SC, Benjamin Franklin Peay, better known as Brook Benton, was a popular soul singer of the 1960s, with his signature song, "Rainy Night in Georgia."
Born in Barnwell, SC, James Joseph Brown was a singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, and bandleader.
Greenville native Peabo Bryson is an R&B and Soul Singer-Songwriter. He is known for singing "A Whole New World" from Disney's 1992 animated feature film Aladdin.
From Spartanburg, SC, Tommy Caldwell was the bassist and original frontman for The Marshall Tucker Band between 1973 and 1980.
Born in Spring Gulley (Andrews, SC) with the name Ernest Evans, Chubby Checker is a singer best known for “The Twist.”
Nappy Brown was an R&B singer best known for his hits "Don't Be Angry" and "Little By Little."
Julius Dixson (sometimes spelled Dixon) was an African American songwriter and record company executive. He was known for the 1958 hit "Lollipop."
Cool John Ferguson is a blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter known for playing his guitar "upside down."
Carlisle Floyd was an opera composer and librettist from Latta, SC. He is considered the "Father of American Opera."
Arthur Freed was a lyricist and film producer. He produced and was co-lyricist for the iconic film "Singin' in the Rain."
Walter Louis Garland, known professionally as Hank Garland, was a guitarist and songwriter.
Bertha "Chippie" Hill was a blues and vaudeville singer and dancer from Charleston, SC. She is best known for her recording with Louis Armstrong.
Blackville native J.B. Hutto was a Blues singer and guitarist noted for his slide guitar playing and grandiose singing style.
Linda Martell is a singer. She became the first commercially successful black female artist in the country music field and the first to play the Grand Ole Opry.
The Swingin' Medallions is a beach music group from Greenwood County, South Carolina.
Chaz Bear, known professionally as Toro y Moi, is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and graphic designer.
Teddy Pendergrass was a singer. He initially rose to musical fame as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.
Esquerita was an R&B singer, songwriter, and pianist. He is known for influencing rock and roll pioneer Little Richard.
Darius Rucker is a musician and lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Hootie & the Blowfish.
Known as "The Blues Doctor," Drink Small is a soul blues and electric blues guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter.
Clara Smith was a blues singer from Spartanburg, South Carolina. She was nicknamed the "Queen of the Moaners."
Angie Stone is a singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. She rose to frame in the late 1970s as a member of the hip hop trio, The Sequence.
Lily Strickland was a composer, painter, and writer from Anderson, South Carolina.
Melanie Thornton was the lead singer o the Eurodance group La Bouche. The group is known for their singles, "Sweet Dreams" and "Be My Lover."
Aaron Tippin is a country music artist and record producer who was raised in Traveler’s Rest, SC.