“I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me – like food or water. Ray Charles
Jacksonville has a rich history of music and culture which captivated the hearts of music lovers. In fact, some talented individuals have emerged from this bold city. Indie groups and traditional rock stars had a humble start in Jax which made it’s music sense more delightfully tasteful over the years.
Here are some of the famous musicians from Jax:
Ray Charles. An influential artist in the modern music scene. He was born in Greenville but he first started to build his reputation as a musician in Jacksonville when he moved. Initially, he played piano for bands at the Ritz Theater but eventually moved to a bigger city for better opportunities.
The Allman Brothers Band. Formed in the 1969 by brothers Duane and Greg, this band helped the development of southern rock. Their hit single “Ramblin’ Man”, made it possible for them to become front runners in 1970’s music scene.
Lynyrd Skynard. First formed in 1964, this rock band popularized the southern rock genre. The name of their group was inspired from Leonard Skinner, a gym teacher from Robert E. Lee High School.
Limp Bizkit. This rap rock band was formed in 1994 and their Lead Vocals, Fred Durst, specifically named the band that would turn people’s head away. The band has sold 40 million records worldwide and has been nominated for three Grammy awards.
Cold. In 1996, this rock band was formed and was originally called Grundig. They initially started in Jax but, moved to Atlanta to be a big hit. Their logo was inspired from a pet tarantula and described their music to kind of creeps along like a spider.
Shinedown. Formed in 2001 and has sold more than ten million albums worldwide. This rock n’ roll band was famously known for its cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man”.
These are just some of the famous musicians that came from Jax. Let’s end our day with a song from Ray Charles: