We could easily do separate lists of famous country musicians or athletes who are from Kentucky, but what about some celebrities who you may NOT know were from the Commonwealth?

There are some on this list that EVERYONE reading this already knows are from the Bluegrass State. And there are some on this list who made a huge mark in entertainment long enough ago that NO ONE reading this knows at all.

And that's why I'm here...to bring together the world-famous and the now-obscure. (I have a pseudo-connection to one of the stars I consider to be in the "now-obscure" category.)

I also have a "pseudo-connection" to one of the stars I don't consider to be obscure. Ironically, THAT connection involves sports which, as I said earlier, will not be represented on this list; we could seriously go on and on with famous athletes from the Bluegrass State. Muhammad Ali, anyone?

And, I'll go ahead and name-check the country artists that could fill up a gallery as well. Legends like Bill Monroe, Loretta Lynn, Dwight Yoakam, Keith Whitley, and the Judds leap to mind. So do superstars like Chris Stapleton, Billy Ray Cyrus and John Michael Montgomery. Let's not forget a couple of CMA Female Vocalists of the Year in Patty Loveless and the newly-crowned Carly Pearce. See?

So, here we go. (By the way, this will be great info if you bring out Trivial Pursuit when the family gets together during the holidays.)

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