Hank Williams recorded ‘Lovesick Blues’ his breakout hit on December 22, 1948 at the Herzog Studios in Cincinnati Ohio. On the 62nd anniversary of that historic day the Cincinnati Music Heritage Foundation is holding a celebration at the Herzog Studio on Race Street.
This became somewhat more notable this month when it was announced that the Grammy Awards was putting the song in its recording Hall of Fame. The historical box set ‘The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings Plus’ is also nominated for a Grammy this year as Best Historical Album.
The Heritage Foundation has acquired the Herzog Studio and erected a plaque which commemorates all the famous artists who recorded there on one side and takes particular note of Hank Williams and ‘Lovesick Blues’ on the other side. This is the last surviving studio where Hank Williams recorded.
This Wednesday December 22, 2010 the Foundation is holding a Hank Williams Christmas Party at Herzog to commemorate the historic ‘Lovesick Blues’ recording day in 1948. Hank Williams historian and author Brian Turpen will be on hand to speak about the significance of Herzog and discuss and sign his two books, ‘Hank Williams and Billy Jean Jones’ and ‘Ramblin Man’. The celebration gets underway at 6:30 and will include a preview of a live record that was made back on the plaque unveiling day.
Here are the Hank Williams recordings at Herzog from December 22, 1948:
Lost on the River
There’ll be no Teardrops Tonight
I Heard My Mother Praying For Me
From August 30, 1949
I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
A House Without Love is Not a Home
I Just Don’t Like This Kind of Living
My Buckets Got a Hole in It
Here’s a partial list of Country Music artists who recorded at Herzog.
Delmore Brothers, Patti Page, Homer and Jethro, Rex Allen, Flatt and Scruggs, Cowboy Copas, Bill Carlisle, Moon Mullican, Hawkshaw Hawkins.
I’ve been writing about the Heritage Foundation’s efforts to preserve the city’s music heritage since I started the blog a couple of years ago. Click Herzog to get a review.