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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
Lovesick Blues

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.



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Cincinnati deserves a lot of credit for keeping alive the memory of Hank Williams. This is especially true for the group that has worked to preserve the historic Herzog Recording Studio in that city.

Hank Williams traveled to Ohio to for two recording sessions. The first produced ‘Lovesick Blues’ the song that made him a national singing star. The second session yielded ”I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’  one of his greatest self penned songs and the one that established and preserves his poetic gifts for all time.

Tonight (Aug 30, 2010) local artists Dallas Moore and Jody Payne long time Willie Nelson guitarist will put on a show called “Hank to Thank” and  record a CD and DVD live at the historic second floor studio. Proceeds from the sale of tickets will go to the preservation of the studio. This is the only studio where Hank Williams recorded professionally which is still standing.

And today marks 61 years to the day that Hank recorded “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “A House Without Love,” “I Just Don’t Like This Kind of Livin'” and “My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It”, eight months after his first Herzog session in which the historic ‘Lovesick Blues was recorded over the objections of producer Fred Rose at the time.

Back on August  3rd  the  Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation announced that it had signed a one year lease  for the second floor at 811 Race Street, the former home of the E.T. Herzog Recording Co., with a $10,000 anonymous grant made through the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. The Music Heritage Foundation plans to turn the space into its headquarters and use it for recordings, performances and exhibits.

Here’s the latest article from the Cincinnati  newspaper website.

I have written three earlier posts on the Herzog Studio. They can be found here.

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It was gratifying to see Hank Williams all over the news in Cincinnati last month.

A citizen’s group called The Cincinnati Music Foundation is working  hard to get a commemorative marker installed at the site of the Herzog Studio. Hank Williams and many other country artists traveled to Cincinatti in the late 40’s to record some of the biggest classics of the time.

The Foundation earlier had a marker placed at the historic King Studios where many famous Black R and B legends recorded. Wouldn’t it have been great if accidently Hank had met  and recorded a duet with one of the R and B greats? Didn’t happen I guess.  I mention this as I recall the story that Jimmie Rodgers’ great classic  ‘Standin on the Corner’ has Louis Armstrong on trumpet and Fatha Hines on piano. That’s the legend anyway.

An all star concert was held August 22nd to raise money for the project.

The studio site is important for Hank fans because two of Hank’s greatest recordings, his breakthrough upbeat rockabillky tinged classsic ‘Lovesick Blues’  and the heartbreaking anthem to loneliness ‘I’m so Lonesone I Could Cry’ were both recorded there in 1948 and 49. So there is added importance since this is the 60th anniversay of the second session.

Tip of the hat to the Hank Williams’ Discography which I’ve linked to on the contact list to the right for the following information.

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
Lovesick Blues

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.

 

Apparently, one of the reasons for the trip north was the Pleasant Valley Boys, a group of Nashville all stars who moved to Cincinnati to appear on WLW Radio and a local Jamboree as well as playing back up at Herzog.

The personel on Hank’s recording at Herzog were: Tommy Jackson, fiddle; Jerry Byrd, steel; Zeke Turner, electric guitar; Louis Innes, rhythm; Clyde Baum, mandolin; and on bass, Willie Thawl in 48, and Ernie Newton in Aug. 49.

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Music history preservationists have begun a fund drive for a historical marker at a site in Ohio where Hank Williams Sr. and other stars recorded. The Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation and others who last year put a marker at the city’s historic King Records site plan one downtown at the former home of Herzog Recording Studios.

Supporters say they want to celebrate and preserve the history of the place where Williams recorded his haunting I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry 60 years ago, among other country hits.

R&B singer Bull Moose Jackson and country stars such as Patti Page and Grandpa Jones also recorded at Herzog.

The campaign aims to raise $4,000 to $5,000 for the marker through a concert by local musicians Aug. 22 in nearby Newport, Ky.

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