Some of the best known old male country music singers include Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Buck Owens, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Glen Campbell, Gene Autry, Chet Atkins and Jimmie Rodgers. Some of the most famous female country singers include Tammy Wynette, Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline.
Johnny Cash was a singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was born in 1932 in Arkansas and shot up the charts in the early 1960s. He often blended other genres with country sounds, such as gospel, pop and rock.
Dolly Parton topped the charts for the first time in 1971 with her song "Joshua." Her career has spanned several decades, earning her roles in movies. She also created her own theme park called "Dollywood."
Patsy Cline is best known for her hits "Crazy" and "Walking After Midnight." She rose to fame after appearing in a television talent show in 1957 and topped the charts until her death at 30 in 1963. Her music continued to perform well on the charts after her death. "Always" and "Sweet Dreams" were among her posthumous hits.
Hank Williams was hugely influential in the 1940s, releasing hits such as "Hey Good Lookin'," "Cold, Cold Heart" and "Your Cheatin' Heart." He passed away on New Year's Day 1953 at the age of 29, but he continues to influence artists such as Norah Jones and Bob Dylan.