Letter to the Editor

Looking for former Cape musicians

Thursday, June 19, 2008

To the editor:

I'm looking for information about two pianists formerly of Cape Girardeau.

Tommy Chambers' family owned a feed store on Good Hope Street back in the 1930s. They moved to Hollywood, where Tommy became Fred Astaire's favorite accompanist.

Clyde Ridge moved to New York City and became a freelance jazz pianist and made player-piano rolls for the Aeolian Music Co.

If anyone knows of friends or relatives who might give me more information, please call me at 573-335-6459. Thanks.

JERRY FORD, Cape Girardeau