The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Jimmy Baynes Photography Collection Spotlight

Sunday, February 16: 11:30 a.m.

Tickets will become available to Rock Hall Members on Thursday, February 7 at 10 a.m. EST and will become available to the general public on Friday, February 8 at 10 a.m. EST. 

This event is free with a reservation at or in-person at the Rock Hall Box Office.  

Postal worker Jimmy Baynes supplemented his weekly paycheck through Baynes Foto Service at 2220 East 87th Street, primarily photographing local events in the African-American community.  Though Baynes was not a trained photographer, the images he created from the 1950s into the 1980s, including weddings, beauty competitions, burlesque shows and musical performances, provide a candid glimpse into African-American life, music and culture.  Throughout the years, Baynes’ photographs appeared in Cleveland magazines and newspapers, such as the Call and Post. 
The bulk of the photographs in the Jimmy Baynes Collection feature prominent jazz, R&B, and rock and roll musicians of the 1950s and 1960s, including the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ruth Brown, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, Louis Jordan, Memphis Slim and Lloyd Price.  Also included in the collection are images of local performers, radio deejays, and venues.  The exhibit will be on display at the Library and Archives through the end of April.
This program will be hosted by director of library and archives Andy Leach and feature a panel with curatorial director Howard Kramer, head archivist Jennie Thomas, and special guest George Hendricks of Cleveland vocal group the Hesitations.  Attendees are encouraged to share stories about Cleveland music history and the places and people depicted in the photographs.   Explore the Jimmy Baynes Collection at the Rock Hall's Library and Archives here.

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