William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) was a blues composer and musician, often known as the "Father of the Blues". Handy remains among the most influential of American songwriters. Though he was one of many musicians who played the distinctively American form of music known as the blues, he is credited with giving it its contemporary form.
Samuel Cornelius Phillips (5 January 1923 – 30 July 2003), better known as Sam Phillips, was an American record producer who played an important role in the emergence of rock and roll as the major form of popular music in the 1950s. He was a producer, label owner, and talent scout throughout the 40s and 50s. He is most notably attributed with the discoveries of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, and is associated with several other noteworthy rhythm and blues and rock and roll stars of the period.
William Phineas Browne (July 9, 1804 – January 13, 1869), a lawyer by profession, was a leading pioneer in the coal mining business in Alabama, credited with operating that state’s first systematic underground coal mines prior to, and during, the American Civil War. Browne’s coal mines, located near Montevallo, Alabama, were under contract to the Confederate Navy during the Civil War.
Jennifer Sarah Marin "Jenn" Rivell (born June 5, 1973) is an actress and former frequent guest on MTV's Viva La Bam and former member of the CKY Crew. Rivell played Glauren in Bam Margera's film ' in 2003 and also played the role of Crystal in the film Misdirected in 2004.
Jeffrey Hoke (Jeff) Brantley, (born September 5, 1963 in Florence, Alabama), is a former relief pitcher and current Major League Baseball broadcaster. His 14-year playing career lasted from 1988 to 2001.
Joshua David Willingham (born February 17, 1979 in Florence, Alabama) is an American Major League Baseball player for the Washington Nationals. He is nicknamed "The Hammer. " A power-hitting prospect for six minor league seasons, Willingham has been held back by his injuries. Drafted as a shortstop, and coming up as a third baseman, he moved behind home plate to become a catcher. He is now the primary right fielder for the Nationals.
Eric "Red Mouth" Gebhardt is a singer/songwriter from Alabama who plays a blend of southern music that blends blues, broken-hearted honky tonk, Stonesy rock 'n' roll, with gospel music. Blues In London described his sound as: "a joyfully chaotic reworking of the common sources... identifiably adhering to bluesey, country, folky, forms but happy to accept (actively embrace) a loose interpretation of the detail...
William "Bill" Yoast (born 1924) is an American high school football coach best known for being featured in the 2000 film Remember the Titans. He was portrayed by veteran actor Will Patton. Yoast grew up in Florence, Alabama. After a three year tour in the United States Air Force, he attended Georgia Military College and later Mercer University, where he joined Sigma Nu fraternity and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education. He later earned a masters degree from Peabody College.
Angela Hacker is an American country music singer. In 2007, she was the winner of the USA Network talent show Nashville Star. Her brother Zac finished second the same year. She released an album via Warner Bros. Records in 2007, although it did not chart and produced no singles.
Robert E. "Bobby" Irons is the current mayor of the city of Florence, Alabama, USA. He was elected in August 2004 and began serving his four year term in October 2004. Irons earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Alabama with a major in Accounting and Economics. He is married to Sara Perkins Irons and has two married daughters and two granddaughters.
Byron Paul Franklin is a former professional American football wide receiver in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks. He played college football at Auburn University. A native of Sheffield, Alabama, Franklin starred in football at Auburn from 1976-1980 and received a B.S. in vocational and distributive education in 1991. His professional football career lasted from 1981 to 1987. He served as assistant director of athletic development at AU from 1991-93.
Randall Lee Tate (born October 3, 1952 in Florence, Alabama) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the New York Mets in 1975. His record that year was 5 wins and 13 losses with an earned run average of 4.45. He is noted for never having achieved a Major League hit despite having 41 at bats. He also came close to pitching a no-hitter on August 4, 1975 at Shea Stadium against the Montreal Expos. Despite having a no-hitter through seven innings, he ended losing the game.
Steven Brett Guthrie (born February 18, 1964) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Kentucky's 2nd congressional district, based about Bowling Green. Guthrie is a former member of the Kentucky State Senate, having represented the 32nd district where he had served from 1999-2008. Guthrie served as vice chairman of the Economic Development, Tourism and Labor Committee, and was chairman of the Transportation Committee.
Sterling Alexander Martin Wood (March 17, 1823 – January 26, 1891) commonly referred to as S.A.M. Wood, was an American lawyer and newspaper editor from Alabama. He served as a Confederate general during the American Civil War until 1863, and resumed practicing law, served as a state legislator, and later taught law.
Alton Rollon Romine (born March 10, 1932) is a former gridiron football defensive back and a halfback in the National Football League (NFL), the Canadian Football League (CFL), and American Football League (AFL). He played for the NFL's Chicago Bears (1955) and Green Bay Packers (1955, 1958); the CFL's Toronto Argonauts (1956), Waterloo Dutchmen (1957), and Ottawa Rough Riders (1959); and the AFL's Denver Broncos (1960) and Boston Patriots (1961).