Iconic Texas Musicians

Some of the biggest names in music hail from the Lone Star State.

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Burleson, TX, native Kelly Clarkson performs during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Houston-born and raised Beyonce is one of pop music's most successful artists. Billboard named the singer, songwriter and actress the most successful female artist of the 2000s. Her last album included the smash "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," which has been covered by everyone from "Glee" to singing chipmunks. In total, Beyonce has won 16 Grammy Awards. Mrs. Jay-Z has also sold tens of millions of records as a part of Houston-based R&B group Destiny's Child. She is currently said to be working on her next album.
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Born in Lubbock in 1936, Buddy Holly died in a plane crash while on tour in Iowa with fellow Texan J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson on "The Day the Music Died." Some of his best-known hits include "That'll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue" and "Oh Boy." Holly grew up playing country music but turned to rock 'n' roll after being influenced by Elvis Presley. Later, Buddy Holly and The Crickets toured England in the late 1950s, inspiring a new generation of rockers just as he had been inspired by Elvis.
American blues rock band ZZ Top -- or "that little ol' band from Texas" -- hails from Houston. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard formed the band in 1969 and rocked through the '70s. They carried Texas around with them, touring with a Texas-shaped stage and animals native to the Lone Star State. ZZ Top then went on to thrive in the music-video generation of the 1980s, releasing such classic videos as "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs." The band -- still with its original members -- still tours today.
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Grammy Award-winning Tejano legend Selena, who was born in 1971 in Lake Jackson, was killed by her fan club president in Corpus Christi at the age of 23. Despite her young death, Selena is one of the most successful Latin artists of all time. Her album "Amor Prohibido," with hits such as the title track, "No Me Queda Más" and "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," remains the best-selling Latin album of all time. Billboard named the "Mexican Madonna" the top Latin artist of the 1990s.
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Guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-1990) was born in Dallas, TX.
Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was born in Port Arthur.
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Roy Orbison (1936 – 1988) was born in Vernon.
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George Strait hails from the city of Poteet, TX.
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Heavy metal band Drowning Pool started in Dallas.
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Clint Black was raised in Houston before becoming one of the best-selling country music artists.
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Lyle Lovett was born in Klein, TX.
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Los Lonely Boys (seen here performing with Carlos Santana) originated in San Angelo, TX.
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Kenny Rogers, born in Houston, TX, performs with Wynonna Judd during a 2010 concert.
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Willie Nelson was born in Abbott, TX.
J.P. Richardson, singer known as rock-'n -roll circles as the "Big Bopper," was one of four persons killed Feb. 3, 1959 in the crash of a chartered plane near Mason City, Iowa. He was born in Sabine Pass, TX.
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