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'Mother Taylor': At 83, Myra Taylor Reigns as One of KC's Greatest Singers Ever
April 2, 2000
Biographical article about Kansas City jazz singer Myra Taylor, a black woman starting out in 1930s night clubs and going on to USO and other overseas tours starting in World War II, with photos.
54 Million Votes Put Cook on Top
May 22, 2008
David Cook, of Blue Springs, MO, won the American Idol competition on May 21, 2008. "Cook gathered nearly 56 percent of the 97.5 million votes cast." 25-year-old Cook defeated David Archuleta for the title...
June 10, 2010
Article profiles singer Marilyn Maye (82) and her 60+ year musical career. A native of Wichita, Kansas, Maye began singing in Kansas City clubs in the 1940s. Her career includes several hit records, television...
Along a Musical Trail: Sweet Singers of Yesterday in Kansas City
Microfilmed scrapbook contains an article about reminiscences of Nellie McCoy Harris, regarding early singers and musicians in the Kansas City area, especially in the 1850s. Description of many specific...
At Kimo Swing Session
October 13, 1950
File containing a photo and caption about Charlotte Mansfield, a local swing singer with Capitol Records receiving airplay of her current (in 1950) songs being played on local radio stations KIMO and KPRS,...
Back Home in KC, a Jazz Legend Gets the Recognition He's Due
October 18, 2008
Two Kansas City jazz musicians, Luqman Hamza and Curtis Fuller, received the American Jazz Museum's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. Hamza (formerly known as Larry Cummings) is a singer and pianist who...
Between Rock and a Good Place
January 29, 2012
Article profiles twelve women who are influencing the local music scene in various ways: Kristie Stremel, soloist and former member of Frogpond and Exit 159; Hearts of Darkness singers Brandy Gordon, Rachel...
Big Joe Turner
November 25, 1985
Obituary article about Big Joe Turner, an early Kansas City blues singer dying at the age of 74 on November 24, 1985 in California. Former singer and bartender "at the Sunset Club, owned by Felix Payne,...
Davis Busy as He Relaxes
May 21, 1964
News article about Sammy Davis, Jr., the famous entertainer, appearing in Kansas City for a show for Menorah Medical Center at the Hotel Muehlebach.
Diva from 50 Years Ago Finds New Recognition
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...
Hometown Diva Shows Force, Flair
February 14, 2011
Short article about Joyce DiDonato's performance February 13 and operatic "world-class" career "with performances in London, Paris, Milan and, of course, New York's Metropolitan Opera. DiDonato was born...
In Kansas City's Operatic Hall of Fame
Portrait and biographical article about Elizabeth Parkinson, a Kansas City opera singer also known as "Parkina" and "Bessie" performing in Europe and writing articles about Paris published in the Kansas...
It's His World
February 24-March 2, 2005
Profile of Kansas City lounge singer Al Lotta, house entertainer at the Cigar Box Bar, 1519 Grand Boulevard.
Articles about the concert appearance of singer James Brown in Kansas City Municipal Auditorium on Thanksgiving night, 1966, with photos. Prior to the concert descriptions were given about his musical...
Jazz Singer Chris Connor Dies
September 1, 2009
Obituary for Chris Connor (81), a Kansas City native and prominent big-band jazz singer of the 1940s and 50s. Connor was best known for her work with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, recording the hit song "All...
KC Blues Scene Mourns Singer
December 26, 2007
Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, local blues singer, died December 25, 2007, at the age of 76. Her death was due to complications from a stroke. "She was a founding member of the Kansas City Blues Society...and...
KC Mourns Loss of Singer, Advocate
August 29, 2013
The local music community is mourning the death of singer/songwriter Abigail Hope Henderson. During her music career Henderson performed with bands such as Trouble Junction, the Gas Lights, and Atlantic...
KC Symphony, DiDonato Take a Turn on TV
July 15, 2012
Review of the documentary, "Homecoming: the Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato" produced by PBS and KCPT-TV, and shown as part of PBS Arts Summer Festival. Featuring interviews and views backstage,...
KC Voice Rings Around the World
November 3, 2013
Biographical article that focuses upon the life of opera singer Vinson Cole. Cole's upbringing in the Swope Park area of Kansas City is summarized. Details related to his music education and later career...
Photo and caption about the benefit concert at Municipal Auditorium given by the Independence Jaycees for the financial relief of Jeff Walker, a 14-year-old Independence resident paralyzed in a car accident...
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