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1. 'Philosopher of Soul' Johnnie Taylor Dies 'Philosopher of Soul' Johnnie Taylor Dies June/2/2000 File containing a photo and obituary for Johnnie Taylor, "a soul singer whose crossover appeal gave him his biggest hit in the disco era." Born in Arkansas about 1938 and raised in Kansas City before becoming...

2. A Gold Mine A Gold Mine January 15-21, 2004 Article describes a local civil rights tour proposed by Kansas Citian Anita Dixon. The tour includes a stop at the Green Duck Lounge, where African American activist, and founder of Freedom Incorporated,...

3. Art Tatum Had a Big Role in the Jazz Heyday Here Art Tatum Had a Big Role in the Jazz Heyday Here November 6, 1956 Death notice with biographical information about Art Tatum, a "jazz pianist" in "Kansas City in the heyday of jazz here in the early 1930s," dying at the age of 46 on November 5, 1956. Winner of national...

4. B. C. Kynard B. C. Kynard November/2/1966 Obituary for B. C. Kynard, "57, of 2942 East [29th Street], a noted jazz musician who played here over a period of 40 years." Description of his life and career as a native of Arkansas coming to Kansas...

5. Band's Tune Carries On for 30 Years Band's Tune Carries On for 30 Years January/17/2001 File containing photos and a biographical article about the Kansas City popular music group Bloodstone, performers of the 1970s song "Natural High" (written by band leader Charles McCormick) after forming...

6. Black Conductor to Open Tour Here Black Conductor to Open Tour Here December 27, 1970 News article about Dean Dixon, “the world’s leading black conductor,” appearing in Kansas City with the Kansas City Philharmonic.

7. Blues for Passing of a 'Piano Man' Blues for Passing of a 'Piano Man' May/24/2000 File containing a photo and obituary for James Leroy Searcy, or Roy Searcy (1919-2001), a "fixture in the local music scene since he moved to Kansas City in May 1942." Native of Mississippi coming here...

8. Blues for Passing of a 'Piano Man' Blues for Passing of a 'Piano Man' May/24/2000 Photo and obituary for Roy Searcy (1919-2000), a blues musician in Kansas City since moving here in May 1942, describing his career and restaurant venues and famous acquaintances, such as Jay McShann and...

9. Chauncey Downs Dies Chauncey Downs Dies July 1, 1966 Vertical file contains a photo and obituary for Reverend Chauncey Downs, "an associate pastor of the First Baptist church in Kansas City, Kas. and a former well-known band leader." He was a "former leader...

10. Diva from 50 Years Ago Finds New Recognition Diva from 50 Years Ago Finds New Recognition February/5/1998 File containing photos and a biographical article about Etta Moten Barnett, or Etta Barnett, a 96-year-old singer and former actress "in 1930s Hollywood film roles that were not demeaning." Born in Texas...

11. Eddie Baker; Advocate for KC Jazz, Dies at 71 Eddie Baker; Advocate for KC Jazz, Dies at 71 December/20/2001 Photo and obituary for Eddie Baker, "a bandleader whose longtime advocacy for a jazz hall of fame preceded the American Jazz Museum at 18th and Vine streets" dying at the age of 71. Native of Pleasant...

12. Fatha Hines Trades Sounds of Big Band for the Combo Fatha Hines Trades Sounds of Big Band for the Combo May/4/1971 Photo and biographical article about Earl Hines, or Fatha Hines, a 65-year-old African American jazz musician performing as a small combo leader for three weeks in Kansas City "at the Landmark restaurant...

13. Fiermon Prymus, Bandleader, Dies Fiermon Prymus, Bandleader, Dies October 30, 2000 File containing a photo and obituary for Fiermon Prymus, "a bandleader, drummer and singer who started as a gospel singer in the 1920s and went on to become a fixture in Kansas City's jazz scene" dying...

14. Five Decades Later, a Tribute Is Paid to Band Leader Moten Five Decades Later, a Tribute Is Paid to Band Leader Moten January/5/1983 Article about the tribute ceremony to the late Bennie Moten (1894-1935), a native Kansas Citian and "a driving force in the Kansas City jazz scene of the 1930s" and "an important influence on other musicians,...

15. From a Start Playing by Ear, Youth Wins Honors in Piano From a Start Playing by Ear, Youth Wins Honors in Piano June 6, 1956 Biographical article with photo about Ronald Brown, an 18-year-old French horn soloist with the Kansas City Philharmonic and winner of a scholarship to the Conservatory of Music in Kansas City. Brown was...

16. From Bandstand to Pulpit for a Freshman of 47 From Bandstand to Pulpit for a Freshman of 47 November/18/1972 File containing a photo and biographical article about Reverend Ken Williams, a 47-year-old black freshman at Calvary Baptist College and an "artist and musician, as well as a parttime [sic] preacher."...

17. George Lee, Famed Bandleader, Dies in Los Angeles, California George Lee, Famed Bandleader, Dies in Los Angeles, California November/7/1958 File containing a photo and obituary for George Lee, "famed Kansas City musician and bandleader" dying at the age of 63 in 1958. Brother of Kansas City pianist Julia Lee becoming a rival (as leader of...

18. George Pierson George Pierson February/5/1952 Obituary for George Pierson, an African American (and presumably former Kansas Citian) pianist dying in Copenhagen, Denmark, while on tour with Etta Moten, a fellow black singer.

19. Goals High for Kansas City's Most Heralded Rapper Goals High for Kansas City's Most Heralded Rapper August 27, 2008 Article profiles Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne whose album "Killer" has recently been released.

20. Hall Johnson Hall Johnson May/1/1970 Obituary for Hall Johnson, an African American musician of the 1920s-1930s forming the Hall Johnson Negro choir in 1925, dying at the age of 82 on April 30, 1970.