Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who’ve been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place. It’s hard to believe that in more than 15 years of the Secret History of Chicago Music—at least 350 […]
Big Maceo’s heyday as a recording artist lasted just five years, but his output includes some of the most widely covered songs in the history of the genre.
This powerful, imaginative pianist shot to stardom in the late 30s, but changing fashions dropped him back into obscurity by the 60s.
This pianist helped kick off the boogie-woogie craze, but his fame has faded—in part because he died young in 1949.