|(Statue of Deborah Sampson outside the Sharon, Massachusetts public library.)|
1. Deborah Sampson Gannett, better known as Deborah Sampson, was an American woman who impersonated a man in order to serve in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, and was the only woman to fight in the Revolutionary War. She served 17 months in the army, as “Robert Shurtliff”, of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, was wounded in battle and discharged honorably at West Point.
2. Henry Adams, Teacher and minister.
3. Sy Oliver, jazz arranger, trumpeter, composer, singer and bandleader.He joined Jimmie Lunceford’s band in 1933 and contributed many hit arrangements to the band, including “My Blue Heaven” and “Ain’t She Sweet”.
4. Art Neville, singer and keyboardist from New Orleans, part of one of the most famous musical families of New Orleans, the Neville Brothers. He was also a founding member of The Meters, and also continues to play with the spinoff group the Funky Meters along with his son Ian on guitar.
As a session musician, he has played on recordings by many notable artists from New Orleans and elsewhere, including LaBelle (on “Lady Marmalade”), Paul McCartney, Lee Dorsey, Dr. John and Professor Longhair. Art’s daughter, Arthel Neville is a journalist and television personality.
5. Edward James Kendrick, R&B Artist (The Primes, Later The Temptations), His solo career in 1971 will have many successful hits such as “Keep on Truckin” and “Boogie Down.” 71 Years ago
6. James Carroll Booker III , Organist\back up singer for Dee Clark
7. Ernie Hudson, actor known for his roles as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters film series, Warden Leo Glynn on HBO’s Oz, and Sergeant Albrecht in The Crow.
8. Jeffrey Grayer, NBA Baller 45 Years ago