History Detectives
Tue, 07/24/2012 - 8:00pm

Wes Cowan hunts for the identity of a man whose name is engraved on a rare matched set of Civil War-era pistols, still in the original case. Tukufu Zuberi tracks down the story behind an old 78rpm, distributed by K.K.K. Records, containing songs titled “The Bright Fiery Cross” and “The Jolly Old Klansman.” And Eduardo Pagán tries to prove that James Jamerson, a bass player whose bass line drove the Motown sound, owned a battered Ampeg B-15 amp that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will display — but only if inductee Jamerson really owned it.