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Saving Stories: Memories of a musical force in Lexington - 'everybody knew Smoke' Richardson

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WUKY's award winning history series Saving Stories celebrates Black History Month with a segment on
Lexington-based musician and band leader Saunders Richardson Jr., better known to history as 'Smoke' Richardson. Doug Boyd from the Louie B.
Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK libraries shares audio from interviews conducted in 1997 from two people who remember the impact Smoke had on the local music scene from the 1930's, 40's and early 50's, especially in the segregated Black community. The Nunn Center also wants your stories and memories about Smoke Richardson, the Lyric Theatre, Lexington's East End neighborhood, or anything else you'd like to share. Call the new TeleStory archive at 833-859-7272.

James O. Jones grew up in Lexington's East End neighborhood and attended many Smoke Jones concerts because he says his orchestra played just about 'everywhere.'


Richardson's daughter Saunda, talks about her father's musical career, including why everybody called him 'Smoke.'


From the Notable Kentucky African-Americans Database:


The Nunn Center has launched the TeleStory archive where you can share your stories over the phone: Call 833-859-7272 to get started!

Bitten by the radio bug as a teenager, Alan Lytle got his start start more than 30 years ago volunteering in Clermont County, Ohio for WOBO-FM. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Broadcasting from the University of Cincinnati and worked at a variety of radio stations in the Cincinnati market, then made the move to Lexington in the mid-1990s.