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Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
'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...
A Conversation with Ron Teamer
Interview with Ron Teamer, a Kansas City blues musician and guitarist/vocalist for the Ron Teamer Band. In the article, Teamer discusses when he first started playing guitar and life experiences that have...
A. H. Whitney Co.
Advertising card for A. H. Whitney Co. showing a portrait of a woman identified as Emma Abbott. Front of card says: "C. B. Detrick, Mgr. A. H. Whitney Co., Pianos and Organs." Front lower left corner has...
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...
Seated portrait of opera bass-baritone Alexander Kipnis. He sang with the Metropolitan Opera.
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...
Among Kansas City's Artists [and] Where All the World's a Stage
Photos and biographical sketches of several Kansas City musicians, singers and music teachers, including Jennie Schultz, Charles Cease, E. Geneve Lichtenwalter (in the Studio building), Nelle Troutman...
Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, In Rememberance
A collection of stories by various Kansas City musicians in remembrance of Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, "Kansas City's Queen of the Blues," who passed away on Dec. 25, 2007.
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...
Postcard of the Baltimore Hotel
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...
Full body pose on stair steps of Brazilian coloratura soprano Bidu Sayao.
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,...
Biography of Felice Lyne (1887-1935), Opera Singer
Biography of Frank Wiziarde (1916-1987), Whizzo the Clown, Television Personality
Biography of George E. Lee (1896-1958), Singer and Bandleader
Biography of Joe Turner (1911-1985), Blues Vocalist
Biography of Julia Lee (1902-1958), Singer and Pianist
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