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PHOTO: Delta Cultural CenterThe Delta Cultural Center, located at 95 Missouri Street, is a nonprofit center that houses a small exhibit on blues, gospel, and country artists from Arkansas. The Delta Cultural Center is now the home of the King Biscuit Time radio show hosted by longtime emcee Sonny Payne.
PHOTO: the former Kitty Cat ClubDuring the 1930s, this storefront at the corner of Missouri and Mobile Streets housed the Kitty Cat Club, where Robert Johnson is reputed to have played. Helena has a rich blues heritage that spans decades. Many juke joints once lined Elm Street to entertain rivermen and farmers alike.
PHOTO: Helena National BankDuring the 1960s, King Biscuit Time was broadcast from the top floor of the Helena National Bank Building. Sonny Boy Williamson held his last radio shows here.
PHOTO: site of boarding houseWhen Sonny Boy Williamson returned to Helena in 1965, he rented a room in a boarding house at the corner of Elm and Pecan Streets. Although now demolished, the Sonny Boy Boarding House site at 427½ Elm Street is slated to become the location of a museum.
PHOTO: Interstate Grocer Co. buildingKing Biscuit Time was born in the Interstate Grocer Co. building, located on Walnut Street between Elm and Phillips Streets. Sonny Boy Williamson and Robert Jr. Lockwood performed an impromptu audition here in a successful effort to persuade Interstate Grocer, makers of King Biscuit flour, to sponsor their show on radio station KFFA.

The Floyd Truck Lines Building housed the King Biscuit Time broadcasts during the 1940s. It was here that Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Joe Willie Wilkins, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter Jacobs, and others made history by playing the blues over the radio and influencing a future generation of blues musicians. B.B. King heard these King Biscuit Time shows and later hosted his own radio show in Memphis, Tennessee.


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