The historical marker proposed for the former site of Herzog Studios (811 Race St., current downtown home to CityBeat’s offices) has been approved. Thanks to the hard work of the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation, Elliott Ruther, Brian Powers, Bootsy and Patti Collins and others, the marker will be installed at the site — where Hank Williams recorded trademark tunes like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and artists like Flatt & Scruggs, The Delmore Brothers and Patti Page also worked — on Sunday, Nov. 22, the day of the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. (You can vote for CEA winners through Nov. 9.)
The Cincinnati Music Heritage Foundation are the same people who helped bring a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame historical marker to King Recording Studios’ old grounds at 1540 Brewster Ave. last November. They've hosted several fund-raising shows to gather funds for the marker — see more on their August announcement press conference here and their Southgate House benefit here.
Herzog Studios was where Williams, one of the true icons of popular music, recorded “Lovesick Blues” in 1948 with WLW’s Pleasant Valley Boys, leading to wider popularity and an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. (“I’m So Lonesome” was recorded in a second session the following summer.) Yet another vital piece of musical history right here in our own backyard.