Category Archives: February Milestones

The Billboard Roll Call: Oleta Adams

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The Billboard Roll Call is a listing of regional artists who have charted a song on the Billboard Top 40 from 1955-2009. The introduction has additional information.

Oleta Adams
Born and reared in Washington state, Adams has lived in Kansas City for about 30 years. She was a fixture on the local scene, mainly playing piano and singing at hotel bars. In the mid-1980s, she was discovered by the English band Tears for Fears, which lead her recording career.

Her first Top 40 success was as a member of Tears for Fears. Sowing the Seeds of Love hit No. 2 in September 1989. The band’s next single, Woman in Chains, featured Adams on vocals, and peaked at No. 36.

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Producer Garth Fundis to be Inducted Into Kansas Music Hall of Fame

Garth Fundis

The Kansas Music Hall of Fame announced this week that Nashville producer Garth Fundis will be inducted as part of the class of 2011.

Fundis is being honored with the Directors Award. According to Bill Lee, the hall’s president, Fundis was born in Baldwin City, Kan., about 45 miles southwest of Kansas City and just south of Lawrence. Fundis got his start playing in Lawrence-area bands and as a booking agent.

He moved to Nashville in the 1970s and has been a fixture in the country music community ever since. His production credits include some of country music’s best and best-known artists, including Trisha Yearwood, Keith Whitley, Sugarland, Alabama and Emmylou Harris. He also was an executive at RCA Records and Almo Sounds in the 1990s.

Fundis is the owner of Sound Emporium Studios, one of Nashville’s oldest running studios. Sound Emporium traces its roots to Jack Clement, the legendary producer who produced Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash at Sun Records in Memphis and moved to Nashville in the early 1960s.

Clement opened Jack Clement Recording Studios in 1969, which was sold and renamed Sound Emporium in 1979.

Fundis joined the studio as an intern in 1971 and became a house engineer a few years later. He bought Sound Emporium in 1992.

The 2011 induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 5, in Lawrence.

Today in KC’s Music History: “Shake, Rattle and Roll” Recorded

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One of the most important records in the development of rock ‘n’ roll was recorded on Feb. 15, 1954.

Big Joe Turner

Shake, Rattle and Roll by Big Joe Turner made him one of the great R&B stars of the era. The record itself is a milestone, as rhythm and blues began to be combined with other elements to form rock ‘n’ roll.

The song has deep Kansas City roots, and I think you can make a case that you can’t have rock ‘n’ roll without the influence of Kansas City music. Continue reading

2011 Grammy Talley: One Win, One Electrifying Performance

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From a local perspective, there were two big winners at last night’s Grammy ceremony.

Kansas City Symphony
The Kansas City Symphony’s recording of Britten’s Orchestra won for Best Surround Sound Album, an award the symphony shared with Keith O. Johnson, the mix and mastering engineer, and David Frost, the album’s producer.

Although  the symphony was not the direct winner, Frost also was named Classical Producer of the Year, for his work on Britten’s Orchestra and six other recordings.

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Special Grammy History Edition: KC Winners

 

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In honor of the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Another Verse presents a breakdown on Grammy winners with a Kansas City-area connection.

As you might expect, KC Grammy winners are heavily weighted toward jazz. But there are winners in other categories, including rock, Broadway and folk.

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This Month in KC’s Music History: Melissa Etheridge Wins Her First Grammy

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A track from Melissa Etheridge's third album, "Never Enough," received a Grammy Award in 1993.

Melissa Etheridge won her first Grammy Award in February 1993 with a track from her third album, Brave and Crazy.

Etheridge grew up in Leavenworth, Kan., about 35 miles northwest of Kansas City. After graduating from high school, she briefly attended the Berklee College of Music, then returned to the Midwest. She lived in Kansas City for about a year and performed in a hotel bar before moving to Los Angeles.

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