radio announcer, musician) Dahl.com.
Miles Davis (1926 - 1991, Jazz Trumpet
Player) Also a composer, bandleader, and artist.
Born in Alton, Illinois. Richard J.
Daley (mayor) Chicago mayor, father of
Richard M. Daley -- Richard M. Daley
Chicago mayor son of Richard J. Daley.
John Deere (1804-1886, Journeyman,
Blacksmith, Inventor) Invented the first
commercially successful, self-scouring steel
plow, which was important in the development of
the Midwest in the 19th century. John Deere,
born and raised in Vermont, struggled with his
business in Vermont and moved with a small
amount of cash to Grand Detour, Illinois. He was
immediately kept busy as a blacksmith. The plow
he invented was made of steel, which was better
than plows made of cast iron. The cast iron
plows had problems with Midwestern soil, which
adhered to the plow blade. The company that
built the plow was named Deere & Company.
Future generations expanded the product line and
tractors became important in the early 20th
century. Today John
headquarters is in Moline, Illinois.
Dennis DeYoung (musician,
grew up in Chicago and performed with the
musical group Styx before going solo --
John Dillinger (gangster) shot and
killed in Chicago -- Walt Disney
born in Chicago produced numerous films from
1920's through 1960's -- Thomas Andrew
Dorsey, the 'Father of Gospel Music' coined
the phrase "gospel songs" in the mid-1920s.
Wrote 'Precious Lord' which is one of the most
popular and powerful hymns of all time. Music
director at Pilgrim Baptist Church (3301 S.
Indiana Ave) when and where he was instrumental
in devleoping gospel music. Mike
talk show host)
born in Chicago and famous for hosting the Mike
Douglas Show -- Tom Dreeson
grew up on south side of Chicago and in Harvey,
Illinois, worked with Frank Sinatra and as guest
host for the Late Show with David Letterman.