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St. Louis Regional history comes alive in this joint production by KDHX and the Missouri Historical Society. Stories of our past are connected with the present in these well researched and entertaining short presentations about the people, places, and events that have shaped who we are and who we are becoming. 

Aug 7, 2023

When a young Black woman came to town  in the 1920’s came to town to make a blues record, she accomplished that and more. Having had a successful recording career in her youth, she decided to form a record label that would keep older blues musicians recording. Just press play to hear the whole story. —— —

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Jun 19, 2023

There have been many power couples throughout history, and one of those couples were instrumental in the blues community in St. Louis in the early part of the 20th century. Through their music shop, this black couple made a huge impact and helped many people, get gigs and get recording contracts. Just press play to hear...


May 8, 2023

Throughout history, many of the music industry’s great artists are from right here in St. Louis. Fontella Bass is certainly up there with the legends. She was a pianist and songwriter, in addition to her vocal talents. And she helped write a famous song, that she had to fight to try and have songwriting credit on....


Apr 17, 2023

Teens have always needed a place to gather. There was one place in the 1980’s where they could go and meet and hear the music relevant to them. It was also a place where important connections were made between people of different racial backgrounds, and different musical genres. But there were forces against them....


Jan 26, 2023

St. Louis, of course, has had its share of musical legends. In Rock-n-Roll, of course, there's Chuck Berry among others. In Hip Hop, there's Nelly, and others. Lesser know, though, is a Gospel hero in Willie Mae Ford Smith. Just press play to hear the whole story. ------

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