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Bob Sirott`s One More Thing about the world capital of the blues

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

One more thing, about the world capital of the blues. The future home of the National Blues Museum. St. Louis. What? It's true. I'm sorry to tell you Chicago has lost out on an honor that should be ours. A new museum and theatre showcasing the blues opens in downtown St. Louis in 2014.

It should be in Chicago, where the great founding fathers of the blues made their home. Chuck Berry had to leave his native St. Louis to make records at the chess studios on South Michigan Avenue--- where Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Etta James, and others made music that influenced artists around the world.

That's why on their first trip to America the Rolling Stones made a pilgrimage to chess to do their 2120 South Michigan Avenue album.

Efforts are underway to turn chess into a museum, and create a South Loop "music row"

arts and entertainment district dedicated to the men and women who gave birth to the blues right here in Chicago.

Yesterday, Chicago convention officials approved the purchase of property not too far from chess, on South Indiana. The plan is to develop that area just north of McCormick Place for hotels and restaurants. That's where the blues museum should be. It ain't sweet home St. Louis.

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