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Marshall Chapman
Chapman performing in Nashville (2009)
Background information
Born (1949-01-07) January 7, 1949 (age 73)
Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, author, actress
Years active1970s–present

Marshall Chapman (born January 7, 1949)[1] is an American singer-songwriter and author.


Early life

Marshall Chapman was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States.[2] She was the daughter of a cotton mill owner.[1] After she attended a concert by Elvis Presley in 1956, she became interested in rock and roll.[3] She was educated at Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She then graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1971.[4][5]


She embarked upon a music career in the 1970s. Her songs have been recorded by such diverse artists as Conway Twitty, Joe Cocker, Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris, Wynonna, Jessi Colter, John Hiatt, Dion, Olivia Newton-John, Irma Thomas, and Ronnie Milsap. Her song "Betty’s Bein’ Bad" was a hit for Sawyer Brown.

Her 1978 album, Jaded Virgin (Epic), was voted Record of the Year by Stereo Review. In 1998, Marshall and Matraca Berg contributed 14 songs to Good Ol' Girls, a country musical based on the stories of Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle. The musical continues to play theaters throughout the South.

She has written two books. Her memoir, Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller, was published in 2003 by St. Martin's Press. Her second book, They Came to Nashville, was published in 2010 by Vanderbilt University Press – Country Music Foundation Press.[6] It is a 2010 Fall Okra Pick of the Southern Independent Booksellers Association.[7]



  1. ^ a b Chapman, Marshall (April 1, 2007). Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller. Macmillan. p. 7. ISBN 9781429971829. Retrieved June 8, 2019 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1993). The Guinness Who's Who of Country Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 78. ISBN 0-85112-726-6.
  3. ^ Chapman, Marshall (2003). Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller (1st ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-31568-6.
  4. ^ Joann S. Lublin, Daniel Golden, Vanderbilt Reins In Lavish Spending By Star Chancellor, The Wall Street Journal, September 26, 2006
  5. ^ "Vanderbilt Graduates". Undergraduate Admissions. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Chapman, Marshall (2010). They Came to Nashville. ISBN 978-0826517357.
  7. ^ "2010 Fall Okra Picks". Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "TallGirl". Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "Songs I Can't Live Without". Retrieved April 28, 2020.