Homegrown musicians

St. Louis is known for popular musicians like Nelly, Tina Turner, and Chuck Berry, but there's more to the area's talent than that.  Local artists have contributed to national acts, leaving permanent marks on America's popular music scene.

Tina Turner : break every rule
Mark Bego.
Lanham, Md. : Taylor Trade Pub., 2003.
  1. Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-255), discography (p. 256-288), filmography (p. 289-292) and index.
  2. Nutbush city limits -- Teenage Ann -- Enter Ike Turner -- Sexy Ann -- Just a fool in love -- River deep, mountain high -- Bold soul sister -- Proud Mary -- I've been loving you too long -- The acid queen -- The last straw -- Tina reborn ; Puttin' on the Ritz -- Private dancer -- Break every rule -- Foreign affair -- What's love got to do with it? -- Wildest dreams -- Twenty four seven and the final tour.
Don Breithaupt.
New York : Continuum, 2007.
33 1/3 Aja was the album that made Steely Dan a commercial force on the order of contemporaries like Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles. A multi-platinum Grammy-winner, it lingered on the Billboard charts for more than a year and spawned three hit singles. Odd, then, that it was conceived as the apotheosis of its creators' anti-rock, anti-band, anti-glamour aesthetic. Populated only by Walter Becker, Donald Fagen and thirty-five of their closest friends - many of them jazz musicians - Aja served up modified prewar song forms, mixed meters and extended solos to a generation whose idea of pop daring was Paul letting Linda sing lead once in a while. And, impossibly, it sold.

The psychedelic rock band, Iron Butterfly, secured their place in history with the 1968 hit, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.  St. Louisan, Lee Dorman, played bass and guitar with the group that has since sold over 25 million copies of their best-selling album.

Michael McDonald of Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers fame added his vocal and keyboard talents to those groups.  Without McDonald the airwaves would be lacking such hits as Takin'It to the Streets and It Keeps You Runnin'.

Some famous St. Louis musicians are acknowledged with a star in "the Loop" along Delmar Blvd.

St. Louis Walk of Fame

The Squirrel Nut Zippers are said to have helped usher in the neo-swing revival of the 1990s, and they couldn't have done that without St. Louis native, Ken Mosher.  Capable of singing as well as playing guitar and saxophone, Mosher was one of the founders and songwriters for the group during its heyday.

Ska and punk fans followed the success of St. Louis' own The Urge during the 1990s.  The band toured extensively with other national acts like 311 and Incubus.  When the local music venue, Mississippi Nights, shut its doors for good The Urge headlined the final show after many performances there over the years.

This is just a small sample of the creative gifts that St. Louisans have joined with others to make music that will entertain people for years to come.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff