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Dillon, co founder of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, has also spoken to the group. He said that Springfield had an "incredible creative vibe" when he was forming the band in the 1970s.

live in a bubble. You don't realize how cool it is here."

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"I think they have these wonderful, colorful stories that need to be preserved," Burris said. "If we don't do it, I'm not sure who will.".

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Fogle said he wanted Heil to speak because of his long history and connection to music industry icons from The Who to Carrie Underwood who have used his microphones and sound equipment. Six years ago, a display of his equipment was added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Past presenters at the Music Mondays' gathering include Robin Luke (1950s teen rocker), John Dillon (Ozark Mountain Daredevils), Bobby Lloyd Hicks (the Skeletons) and Lou Whitney (musician, producer) and most recently, Bob Heil.

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Fogle said that over the years, the type of music coming from this area has evolved, but the common denominator is genuine, honest music.

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Heil said he will continue to attend the group meetings where he has made friends and reconnected with amateur radio DJs.

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on in Springfield," he said.

Hicks has spoken at two Music Mondays so far. "If you stay in this business long enough, you get a lot of stories," Converse High Tops he said.

The Music Mondays group will start meeting again in September.

Heil said he was impressed with the amount of music history in the Ozarks. "There is a tremendous amount of energy going Converse Leather

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If you haven't heard of Heil, he's a sound equipment inventor and the founder of Heil Sound. He recently moved to Pleasant Hope from Illinois and gave the June presentation at the group's final spring meeting.

He said he was glad to find the Music Mondays group last year because preserving the history of music is important: "It's history; you can't just toss it away."

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"Springfield has a remarkable music tradition," he said. "Back in the late '70s, early '80s, a lot of folks looked to the Springfield scene."

In an attempt to capture the history of the Springfield and Ozarks music scene, Brian Fogle, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, started Music Mondays last October. The informal group gathered the first Monday of every month through June to listen to a "local legend," as Fogle said, tell their history in the music business.

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The city has started to record the meetings and plans to have an archiving system set up by year end so people can watch the meetings if they are unable to attend.

"(Springfield) was a catalyst to all of these creative people getting together and forming new musical genres within the context of southern Missouri," he said.

Cited as the genesis of the Ozarks music scene, "Ozark Jubilee," a nationally broadcast Saturday night music show, began nearly 60 years ago.

Hicks, a member of the Skeletons and about 40 other bands over the years, moved to Springfield to attend college. "My parents insisted I go to SMS (now Missouri State University)," he said. "I'm sure glad I did. Even in the '60s, there was so much music around here."

Since then, Springfield and the surrounding areas have produced many well known bands such as the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, the Skeletons, the Morells, and more recent bands like Somebody Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.

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"Springfield has an incredible music history, mostly passed down by word of mouth," he said. Burris has attended the Music Mondays group, and as he was listening to local musicians, he remembers thinking, "We better capture those stories."

Fogle said he is a "total groupie," so he has enjoyed hearing from the music legends. "They're great storytellers," Fogle said.

has a little bit of rock 'n' roll mixed in, he said.

Springfield has also taken an interest in this preservation, Greg Burris, city manager, said.

Fogle said the musicians he has talked to understand the importance of preserving Ozarks music history.

The laid back nature of the Ozarks provided room for critical thinking that was crucial in writing music and lyrics, Dillon said, adding that his record label begged his band to move to Los Angeles, but he was afraid members would lose their talent if they left the area.

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