Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was born
in St. Louis, Mo. Her creative, exotic acts
Made her a singing star from New York
To Paris. During WWII, she worked with
The Red Cross, gathering intelligence
and entertaining troops in Africa and
The Middle East. As a crusader for racial
equality, she spoke at the march on
Washington in 1961 with Martin
Luther King Jr. Her 12 adopted
children from around the world
were called her "Rainbow Tribe."
Burt Bacharach was born 1928 in
Kansas City, Mo. A prolific composer/
Conductor/arranger, he has more
Than fifty top 40 hits, including music
From the movie, Butch Cassidy and the
Sundance Kid, What's New Pussy Cat,
and the 1967 version of Casino Royale.
Scott Joplin (1867-1917) was born in
East Texas. He was a pianist and composer
who developed "Ragtime" music in Sedalia, Mo.
His "Maple Leaf Rag" gained both him and
ragtime prominence nationwide. He was
Known as the "King of Ragtime" and was
awarded a Pulitzer Prize posthumously for
his contribution to American music.
Porter Waggoner was born 1927 in
West Plains, MO. He has been country
music entertainer for more than 60 years.
His many years with the Grand Ole Opry in
Nashville, TN, earned him the honor of their
Ambassador." He hosted his own
syndicated TV show for 20 years and helped
start the career of Dolly Parton.
Jess Stacy (1904-1995) was born
Alexandra Stacy in Bird's Point, near
Charleston, MO. As a world-renowned
jazz pianist, he played with many big name
bands including Benny Goodman at
Carnegie Hall. He was inducted into the
Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame posthumously.
Caroline H. Sheets
Dedicated to Missouri's music-makers
and entertainers "to affect the quality
of the day, that is the highness of acts."
In memory of Jack L. Sheets
Rush Limbaugh III was born in 1951
In Cape Girardeau, Mo. He started
His radio career at age 16 as "rusty
Sharp." Since 1988, Rush has been
a leader in the development of
conservative talk radio. In 2004, his
three-hour radio talk show had the
largest audience in the country.
Jerry and Mary Zimmer