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“C” is for Chapman, Martha Marshall, II [b. 1949]. Musician. A native of Spartanburg, Chapman moved to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt and has lived there much of her adult life. Classified by many as a country-music artist, Chapman and her style have been difficult to categorize. Her success in the 1970s was linked to the popularity of “outlaw” country artists such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristoferson. Her best-known song, “Betty’s Bein’ Bad,” has been performed more than one million times. By the early 21st century, Chapman, had produced more than 250 songs and eight albums. Her songs have been recorded by an eclectic group of performers  including Jimmy Buffett, Joe Cocker, Crystal Gayle, Emmylou Harris, Tanya Tucker, and Conway Twitty, among many others. In 2003, Martha Marshall Chapman, II, published her autobiography, Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller.

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