Jacksonville has a storied musical history, primarily because a handful of Southern Rock superstars have emerged from the city. In recent years, a number of traditional rock and well-known Indie groups have also formed in Jacksonville and in the surrounding areas. And it's not just musicians; there are a number of other famous people from Jacksonville!
Jacksonville Musicians and Bands
Charles is consistently viewed as one of the most influential artists in modern music history.
The Blues performer, who was blind, was born in Greenville but moved to Jacksonville as a teenager.
It's hard to mention music in Jacksonville without bringing up Lynyrd Skynyrd. The group formed in Jacksonville in 1964 as The Noble Five before changing their name. The group's name is famously derived from Robert E. Lee High School gym teacher, Leonard Skinner. The gym teacher railed against the young men's long hair. Skinner died in 2010. Calls of "Play Freebird" can still be heard (sometimes quite sarcastically) by crowds at some local music venues.
This rap-rock outfit found success in the late '90s with their cover of George Michael's hit Faith as well as their popular single Nookie.
This hard-rock outfit was formed in the mid-1990s in Jacksonville but later moved to Atlanta. Their breakthrough album, 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage, featured the singles "Bleed" and "No One."
The rapper Mase was born in Jacksonville but spent much of his youth in Harlem. He found success in the late-1990s with Sean Comb's (also known as P. Diddy, Diddy and Puff Daddy) Bad Boy Records and was featured on the hit "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down." Mase took a break from the industry in 1999, going on a hiatus to pursue a career in the ministry.
He later returned to the music scene, promoting a "cleaner" image.
This hard rock group formed in Jacksonville in the early-2000s. It's best known for its cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man" and the original "Second Chance."
Molly Hatchet is one of the several groups that characterize Jacksonville's Southern Rock history. The group found success in the late 1970s and 1980s. Its most well-known song is "Flirtin' With Disaster."
The Allman Brothers Band
The Allman Brothers Band was formed by Duane and Gregg Allman in 1969, before relocating to Georgia. The group produced a string of hits in the '70s, including "Ramblin' Man."
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
The popular Indie/Emo outfit formed in Jacksonville in 2003. Their 2006 album Don't You Fake It was a best seller.
It's well-known that Tim McGraw was born in the small community of Start, Louisiana -- but the country megastar also lived in Jacksonville for a brief period, attending FCCJ. His father, Tug McGraw, used to play baseball for the Jacksonville Suns.
Black Kids formed in Jacksonville in 2006. The Indie group has achieved international recognition and success and has toured the U.K.
The '50s pop singer and teen idol was born in Jacksonville but spent the majority of his youth in Tennessee.