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FC: The Music Book of Texas | By Jessica Alexander

1: Table of Contents | ACL........................................pg3 Beyonce..................................pg4 Clarinet...................................pg5 Archie Bell and The Drells ............pg6 Robert Earl Keen.......................Pg7 The Fabulous Thunder Birds...........pg8 George Straight.........................pg9 Light'n Hobkins..........................pg10 Illnois Jaqcuet...........................pg11 Johny Guitar Watson....................pg12 Kenny Rodgers...........................pg13 Lloyd Maines.............................pg14 Texas Music Theater...................pg15

2: Table of Contents Willy Nelson..................pg16 Ray Orbison...................pg17 Ray Price.......................pg18 Selena Quintilla................pg19 Jim Reeves......................pg20 South by South West .........pg21 The Long Center...............pg22 U.G.K.............................pg23 The Mars Volta.................pg24 The Girls in the Golden West...pg25 The King's X........................pg26 Yuppie Pricks.......................pg27 ZZ top...............................pg28

3: A Austin City Limits Austin City Limits is in Austin Texas. It is a very famous live music festival. It features over 130 acts of live music. Seventy-thousand fans attend the festival everyday!

4: B Beyonce Beyonce is a world famous recording artist. She has made hits like ''Halo'' and '' All the Single Ladies. She was born in Houston TX.. There, she formed the group "'Destiny's Child'' . They got their record deal when they were sixteen. They instantly made a splash in the industry. But her talent is surpassed her group ,members and the producers agreed... So she began a solo act and has become world famous.

5: C Clarinet The Clarinet was first invented in 1690 by a man named Johan Denner. The clarinet is a direct descendant of the first single reed instrument called the chalumeau. Johan improved th instrument's range by two octaves and improved the bell.

6: D Archie Bell and the Drells Archie Bell is from Houston TX He started singing at the age of 10 in Houston clubs. In 1967 , Archie Bell obtained a record deal. . They made famous hits like " She's My Women'' and ''Tighten Yp''.

7: E Robert Earl Keen Robert is native from Houston. He starting poetry but it wosn't until he was in college when he realized his dream. He made an instant splash in the music scene with his album'' No Kinder Dancer''.

8: F THe Fabulous Thunderbirds. THe Fabulous THunderbirds first started their group in Austin TX in 1974. THey struck a record deal with CBS Records. They are a very famous band. They have been a band for over 30 years.

9: G George Straight George STraight was born in 1952 in Proteet Texas. HIs family operated a cattle ranch for over 100 years. George , however, spent his time making music in his band. He went to college and formed the band Ace in The Hole and they became an instant hit. But, they didn't get along. In 1980, their band broke up. George Straight prospered as a solo artist. He is now world reknown for his classic country songs.

10: H Light'n Hopkins Light'n Hopkins was born in Centerville Texas . His childhood is immersed in music. He would always sing in the church choir when he was a young boy. He decided to go professional. He tried to break into the music scene by moving to Houston but he was unsuccessful. By 1946 , he was back working as a farm hand. However, he tried again and this time , he was a sensation. His musicality earned him a glamorous deal with a record label. He has wowed critics with the astounding numbers of songs he has recorded. He has recorded over 1000 songs in his rewarding career.

11: I Illnois Jacquet Illnois was born in Louisiana in 1919.But his family moved to Houston Texas. His father,Gilbert was a rail road worker and part time musician. His father introduced to the tenor sax. Illnois was a natural. He was destined for show buisness. he joined Lionel Hampton's band and became a tenor man. His first recording was for the song" Flying Home'' By 1946, Illnois had a unique solo career.

12: J Johny Guitar Watson Johny was born in Houston Texas. Johny moved to LA when he was a little kid . He would play in jazz bands and sing the blues. This man had a very deep admiration for classic jazz. Because of his expertise in such music, he got a prestigious deal with the Federal Record Label in 1953.

13: K Kenny Rogers Kenny Rogers was born in Houston Texas. He has made more than 120 singles and has topped music charts for 200 weeks in the U.S alone. He is a music legend. He has made extremely popular hits like ''The Gambler'' and ''Water & Bridges''.

14: L Lloyd Maines Lloyd Maines was born in 1951 in Lubbock Texas. Lloyd is a very famous music star , legendary guitarist, and music producer. His metal guitar playing has cropped everywhere. From non mainstream artists like Joe Ely to country legends like Uncle Tepelo.

15: M Texas Music Theater The Texas Music Theater is located in San Marcos. It is a music venue. The theater began in 1958 and since then it has provided the highest quality of music that is available. The Texas Music Theater has been a popular spot for music competitions and famous perfomers like Blue October.

16: N Willie Nelson Willie Nelson was born on April 30 1933. His family moved from Arkansas to Abbott Texas when Nelson was a little kid. He wrote his first song at seven and joined his first band when he was 9. But after he graduated he joined the Air force but was discharged due to some troubling problems. He enrolled in Baylor University but he dropped out so he could pursue his dream of becoming a famous star. He moved to Washington and began singing. He got his first record deal with Alantic Records in 1973.

17: O Ray Orbison Ray Orbison was born on April 23, 1936 in Vernon Texas. He got his first guitar as a present for his sixth birthday. He started writing music at a very young age. When he graduated high school , he got a record deal with Sun Records when he was in the band the Teen Kings. But he dropped out of the band so he could be a ballad singer. However sSun Record said he could never make it in show buisness with such a hopeless dream. Frustrated, Orbison quit his deal withSun records and moved to Nashville.. He became an instant hit with his song ''ONly the Lonely''. It shot up to #2 on the music billboards.

18: P Ray Price Ray Price was born in Perryville Texas.He served with the U.S. Marines from 1944–1946, and began singing for KRBC in Abilene, Texas during 1948. He joined the Big D Jamboree in Dallas during 1949. He relocated to Nashville during the early 1950s, rooming for a brief time with Hank Williams. When Williams died, Price managed his band, the Drifting Cowboys, and had minor success. He was the first artist to have a success with the song "Release Me" (1954), a top five popular music success for Engelbert Humperdinck during 1967.

19: Q Selena Quintilla Selena Quintilla is a tejano music writer " and "Best selling Latin artist of the decade" by Billboard, for her fourteen top-ten singles in the Top Latin Songs chart, including seven number-one hits. The singer also had the most successful singles of 1994 and 1995, "Amor Prohibido" and "No Me Queda Más". She was called "The Queen of Tejano music" and the Mexican equivalent of Madonna. Selena released her first album, Selena y Los Dinos, at the age of twelve. She won Female Vocalist of The Year at the 1987 Tejano Music Awards and landed a recording contract with EMI a few years later. Her fame grew , especially in Spanish speaking countries. But, she was brutally shot by a jealous fan. It

20: R Jim Reeves Jim Reeves was born in Galloway, Texas, a small rural community near Carthage. Winning an athletic scholarship to the University of Texas, he enrolled to study speech and drama, but quit after after six weeks to work in the shipyards in Houston. Soon he resumed baseball, playing in the semi-professional leagues before contracting with the St. Louis Cardinals "farm" team during 1944 as a right-handed pitcher. He played for the minor leagues for three years before severing his sciatic nerve while pitching, which ended his athletic career. Reeves began to work as a radio announcer, and sang live between songs. During the late 1940s, he was contracted with a couple of small Texas-based recording companies, but without success. Influenced by such Western swing-music artists as Jimmie Rodgers and Moon Mullican, as well as popular singers Bing Crosby, Eddy Arnold and Frank Sinatra, it was not long before he was a member of Moon Mullican's band, and made some early Mullican-style recordings like "Each Beat of my Heart" and "My Heart's Like a Welcome Mat" from the late 1940s to the early 1950s.

21: S South By South west South by South West is a very famous music festival. It has been for 26 years. its main location is in Austin Texas. It is a large operation.Thousands of conference registrants network in the halls of the Austin Convention Center make their way to Austin to do business at the SXSW Trade Show: The Exhibition for Creative Industries, sit in on informative panel discussions featuring some of the industry's key players, gain insight from legendary keynote speakers or plan out their abundant party schedules. At night, SXSW showcases hundreds upon hundreds of musical acts from around the globe on over eighty stages in downtown Austin. All this and so much more, combine to make SXSW one of the most revered music events, year after year

22: T The Long Center The Long Center is in Austin TX. It is home to famous groups like The Blueman Band and the Austin Symphony Orchestra. It was first started in 1998 by the city of Austin. Its construction was completed in 2002 and the total cost was 101 million. Even though it was a hefty price, millions of people have enjoyed the very gift of the arts in this special building.

23: U U.G.K | . U.G.K is a underground hip hop group from Port Mouth TX. They were formed in 1987 and had their first record deal in 1993. although , they aren't a very popular group because some particpated in gang activities. Also, their debut album ''Too Hard To Swallow'' cracked the billboard's top 200 hundred. After that album , they hit the top ten with their popular album''Under Ground Kings''.Their success however was short lived. In 2002, there was an aggravated assault on the members of the groups and the band broke soon afterwards.

24: V The Mars Volta The Mars Volta is a Grammy award winning American band from El Paso, Texas. Founded in 2001 by guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the band incorporates various influences including progressive rock, krautrock, jazz fusion, Latin American music, and the rhythmic complexity of math rock into their sound. They are known for their energetic live shows, as well as their concept-based studio albums. In 2009, the band won a Grammy Award in the "Best Hard Rock Performance" category for the song "Wax Simulacra.''They were named rock music's "Best Prog-Rock Band" of 2008 by Rolling Stone magazine.

25: W THe Girls of The Golden West The Girls of the Golden West are from Fortworth TX They first started recording for Bluebird Records in 1933. They named themselves the Girls of the Golden West, taken from the opera by Puccini, The Girl of the Golden West. They started singing songs such as "Put My Little Shoes Away" and "Ragtime Cowboy Joe". The Girls of the Golden West were one of the most popular acts of the 1930s and 1940s, and were one of the few women then found performing country music. The Girls also had kept up a fictitious story of their life. They would claim they were from Muleshoe, Texas but in reality, they were farming girls from Illinois. However, this was all part of the image of the "Western Music" craze. They would normally wear cowgirl western-style outfits for their appearances on television programs.

26: X The King's X The King's X is an American hard rock band that combines progressive metal, funk and soul with vocal arrangements influenced by gospel, blues, and British Invasion rock groups. The band's lyrics are largely based on the members' struggles with religion and self-acceptance. King's X was ranked #83 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. THet are from Houston Texas. Since being signed to Megaforce Records in 1987, King's X has released twelve studio albums, one official live album, and several independent releases. The band is currently recording for the InsideOut Music label, and continues to tour with each new release. Early in their major label career, they had many opening slots on arena tours, but lately, the band for the most part headline their own shows playing mostly clubs and smaller venues. Each member of the group has recorded solo albums and has made numerous guest appearances on other artists' albums and compilation projects. Doug Pinnick and Ty Tabor also have albums released with side bands that they participate in. Despite the band members having varying degrees of Christian beliefs through the years, and the group having had early dealings in the Contemporary Christian market, the members of King's X have never considered themselves a "Christian" band. However, some of their early lyrical themes (especially the first three albums) have led to some people labeling the group as such; which all three members strongly oppose the King's X

27: Y Yuppie Pricks Yuppie Pricks is a musician that is from Texas. He specializes in punk indie music and performs mainly in Texas. Even though he is not well known , he has made some pretty cool songs such as ''Loser''. He has a very unique sound like no other.

28: Z ZZ Top ZZ Top is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "That Little Ol' Band from Texas". Their style, which is rooted in blues-based boogie rock, has come to incorporate elements of arena,Southern, and boogie rock. The band is from Houston, Texas, formed in 1969. Musician Billy Gibbons and drummer Dan Mitchell, originally in a band called the Moving Sidewalks, got together with bassist Lanier Greig, forming ZZ Top. In 1969, Greig and Mitchell were replaced by Dusty Hill and Frank Beard from the band American Blues. The band soon began developing a following in Texas. They were signed to London Records in 1970, and released several albums, beginning with their 1971 debut album, followed by their 1972 album Rio Grande Mud. In 1973, the band emerged into the mainstream with the album Tres Hombres, and their 1975 follow-up Fandango! expanded on their sound and sense of humor. By the mid-1970s, they were among the most popular touring acts in the United States and broke various concert attendance feats. After years of touring, the band went on a two-year break in 1977, which resulted in Gibbons and Hill growing chest-length beards. i

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