We'll admit that we've never heard of it till this NPR story came along: parlor music. It's a genre of music popular in the late 19th century--before recorded music gave people something to listen to in the parlor. Lena Hughes was never famous outside of Missouri but she was a master of the genre. Now, more than a decade after her death, one of her superfans is reissuing the only recording she ever made.
Singer Tony Orlando says this year's Christmas shows will be his last holiday season in Branson.
Orlando has been performing in the southwest Missouri entertainment resort for 20 years.
The Welk Resort Theatre says in a release that the 2013 "Tony Orlando's Great American Christmas" will be Orlando's last Christmas season as a Branson performer. The seasonal show will run from Nov. 5 to Nov. 30.
So, you know your Missouri and CoMo history, and you think you know all about “ragtime” musician Blind Boone, yeah? Think again. If you think he was all ragtime, and he was blind, you still might have a lot to learn.
It turns out John William “Blind” Boone was one of the first musical composers to blend European classical styles with folk music. He took African-American and Afro-Caribbean folk styles such as plantation melodies and minstrel tunes, and put them in classical forms, then performed the pieces in concert halls.
Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 1:30 pm
Local dignitaries and politicians filled the rotunda of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis on Monday for the city's 44th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The city's celebration is the second-oldest in the country, behind only Atlanta. In addition to celebrating the slain civil rights leader, who would have been 83 on January 15th, most speakers also rejoiced in the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, who took the oath of office in Washington, DC as the proceedings took place.
A popular soul singer of the 1960s from St. Louis has died, according to KTVI-TV in St. Louis. Fontella Bass started singing on showboats in the St. Louis area and her early records were produced by Ike Turner. She started off with popularity only in the region, but her recording "Rescue Me" became a smash hit, reaching number one on the billboard charts for four weeks in October of 1965.
Bass later recorded with jazz outfit "the Art Ensemble of Chicago" and was married to jazz legend Lester Bowie. She was a member of the St. Louis Walk of Fame, with a star on Delmar Boulevard.
St. Louis' northernmost neighborhood is Baden. First settled by German immigrants and African-Americans near the turn of the last century, Baden today is populated by fewer people than in recent years. This depopulation is due to a complex mix of forces that include disinvestment, modest housing sizes, supply and demand. Those who remain in Baden are dug in and consider it a diamond in the rough. KBIA's Trevor Harris visited the St. Louis neighborhood of Baden for the 40-40 Project and filed this report.
Grass Roots Organizing and the Community, Faith, and Labor Groups of Mid-Missouri added a political twist to holiday caroling in Columbia Monday. Together they caroled outside the headquarters of several Missouri politicians urging them to protect Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security as well as raise taxes for the wealthy. Listen to this audio postcard to hear the carolers lobbying with song.
Volunteering programs set up in both Boone and Callaway Counties have seen an increase in families asking for assistance this holiday season. And many other families and organizations have stepped in to provide the assistance.