Jimmy Baynes Collection

The Jimmy Baynes Collection (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Collection) spans the years 1953 to 1983 and includes some undated materials, with the bulk of the collection materials falling between the years 1955 and 1966. The Jimmy Baynes Collection is arranged into eight series by content: Jimmy Baynes, artists, distributors, radio stations, venues, unidentified individuals, unidentified groups, and miscellaneous. The collection consists of black-and-white and color photographs and negatives taken at Cleveland music halls, as well as some promotional materials for local artists, concerts, radio stations, record distributors, and venues. Prominent artists featured in this collection include: Louis Armstrong, LaVern Baker, Count Basie, James Brown, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Bill Doggett, the Drifters, the Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Alan Freed, Bill Haley and the Comets, Roy Hamilton, Lionel Hampton, Mahalia Jackson, Louis Jordan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Lymon, Memphis Slim, Rick Nelson, the O’Jays, the Platters, Lloyd Price, the Temptations, Joe Tex, Martha and the Vandellas, Dinah Washington, and Jackie Wilson. Cleveland venues/locations featured include the Ankara, Band Box, the Birdland Lounge, Cabin Club, Carlton House, Cleveland Arena, Club Manhattan, Club Trinidad, Cotton Club, Gus’s Show Bar Lounge, Lake Glen Country Club, the Lancer, Leo’s Casino, the Lorain Armory, Masonic Temple, the Mirror Show Bar, Music Box, Pla-Mor Ballroom, the Sheraton-Cleveland, Statler Hotel, and the Wheel Lounge. These materials provide rich insight into the R&B, jazz, and rock performers of the 1950s and 1960s, but more specifically to the local Cleveland music community of that time. Handwritten notes in pencil found on the backs of any photographs were taken by the processing archivist during a meeting on January 9, 2013 with local jazz historian Joe Mosbrook; retired Cleveland Public Library music librarian Bill Anderson; George Hendricks of the vocal group, the Hesitations; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum employees Beverly Flowers and Howard Kramer; Cleveland native James Price; and retired Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum President and CEO Terry Stewart. Extended notes included for some of the artists and venues are the result of research conducted for the Library and Archives’ exhibit, “Through the Lens of Jimmy Baynes: Cleveland Rock and Roll History, 1950s-1960s” (February-April 2013).

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