The first time Danny Cox visited Kansas City, it was not a pleasant experience.
It was 1963, a year before the Civil Rights Act banned racial discrimination in public places, and Cox was a nationally touring musician arriving for a show. When he walked in the door at the Muehelbach Hotel, the clerk told him that black people couldn't stay at the Muehelbach.
Though the word he used for "black people" was not quite so polite.
Most of Cox's fellow musicians and road crew were white, but they refused to stay in a place where their vocalist wasn't welcome.