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Spain Rodriguez (1940-2012), Cruisin' With the Hound

Spain Rodriguez (1940-2012), Cruisin' With the Hound

Memories of George "The Hound" Lorenz

On View Friday, September 14, 2012–Sunday, January 20, 2013

Collection Study Gallery   

In conjunction with Spain Rodriguez's new book Cruisin' With the Hound, the Collection Study Gallery has a unique display of memorabilia of George "The Hound" Lorenz, known by many as "The Man Who Created Rock 'N Roll."  George "Hound Dog" Lorenz helped kick start the careers for many of the biggest names in rock music from the 1950s and 60s. When no one else would play them, George Lorenz took chances with artists like Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Clyde McFatter, Fats Domino and many others. George Lorenz's persistence and commitment to introducing the world to great music and not the status quo, helped him to become one of the most influential figures in the music world.

The exhibition contains on-air recordings of The Hound played through an interpretive 1950s studio set up courtesy of legendary jazz DJ Al Wallack. You can hear The Hound exactly as he sound in 1956. On display as well are photos of his legendary concerts in War Memorial Auditorium that included Fats Domino, Clyde McPhatter, “Screamin” Jay Hawkins, Etta James, Ethel Boswell, Bill Haley and The Comets, Elvis Presley and many more. The exhibition also contains original press testings by Cozy Eggleston, Ersel Hickey, The Crecendos, Robert and Johnny, the Chamber Brothers, the Duponts, and the original test pressing of Hound Dog by recorded Elvis Presley and written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

Also on view are drawings of The Hound by members of The Hound Dog Fan Club. Learn more about George Lorenz at http://www.hounddoglorenz.com/.