1930-2004Hank Garland was a prolific studio musician contributing to recordings by Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline and many others.
Born in Cowpens, Garland joined the Grand Ole Opry at 15, recording his million-selling his "Sugerfoot Rag" at age 16, and established himself as an outstanding country musician session player. Before being disabled in a 1961 car accident, Garland became a noted jazz musician.
1922-2006Johnny Blowers was one of the most prolific of the swing-era jazz drummers, regularly backing the likes of Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and dozens of other famed performers.
Born in Spartanburg, Blowers worked at a downtown record shop in his teens and began his musical career performing in local jazz bands.