Missouri History Museum demonstrates how the “St. Louis Sound” influenced American Pop Music (AUDIO).

The world of pop music has been transformed by songs that were created and performed in St. Louis. A major exhibit at Missouri History Museum

St. Louis Cotton Club Band circa 1925 (Missouri Historical Society collections)

These artists are represented in St. Louis from approximately 150 years ago to today.  It is described this way by curators:

St. Louis just can’t stay quiet. The region has produced legends who are on a first-name basis worldwide, like Ike & Tina, Miles, Chuck, and Nelly. It’s been home to the “Velvet Bulldozer” Albert King, the “Black Venus” Josephine Baker, and the Original “king” of pop music, Scott Joplin. And don’t forget world-class songwriters like John Hartford, Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy, and Willie Mae Ford Smith. Few cities can boast so many top-flights in such a broad range of styles.

Show Me Today’s Ashley Byrd spoke with the curator, Andrew Wanko, about the songs, voices and stories that put St. Louis on the music map.


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