Category Archives: September 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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This Month in KC’s Music History: Tech N9ne Goes Platinum

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I can’t let September end without acknowledging this significant milestone: Rapper Tech N9ne was certified as a platinum-selling artist in September 2008, making him the top-selling independent artist in hip-hop.

Tech N9ne grew up in Lee’s Summit, Mo., a suburb at the southeast part of the metropolitan area. Lee’s Summit is still his base of operations as the co-owner and principal artist of Strange Music.

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Today in KC’s Music History: “The Seeds of Love” by Tears for Fears

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Long a fixture in Kansas City’s music community, Oleta Adams received a big career boost with the release of Tears for Fears’ third album on Sept. 25, 1989.

Born and reared in Washington state, Adams moved to Kansas City on the advice of her vocal coach. She quickly made a name for herself playing hotel bars and showrooms.

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Today in KC’s Music History: “Yes I Am,” by Melissa Etheridge

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After three albums that were modestly successful, Melissa Etheridge broke into the mainstream with her fourth album, released on Sept. 21, 1993.

Yes I Am contains two of her best-known songs, The Only One and Come to My Window.  The Only One was a Top 10 hit, and although Come to My Window peaked at No. 25, it won a Grammy for Best Female Rock Performance and is probably her best-known song.

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Today in KC’s Music History: “The Way That I Am” by Martina McBride

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Martina McBride released her first album in 1992, but it was her second album that gave her first substantial career momentum. That album, The Way That I Am, was released on Sept. 14, 1993.

Martina was born in Sharon, Kan., a town of 200 not far from the Oklahoma line. It’s about 75 miles southwest of Wichita, where she began her professional career. Before singing country, she sang in cover bands that often played in the Kansas City area.

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