George Hendricks was born in Alabama in 1942 and moved to Cleveland at the age of 7. He is a singer with The Hesitations and has been performing music since he was a teenager. This 2009 interview discusses his long career as a professional R & B musician in Cleveland, describing the bands and the places in which he played, his struggles to make money playing music, and how he feels the nature of both the musicians and the music industry as a whole have changed since the 1960s. A recurrent theme in the interview is the issue of racism, which Hendricks experienced both in the South and in Cleveland. He argues strongly about the ability of music to bring whites and blacks together, seeing his experiences playing music to interracial crowds as proof of this.


Hendricks, George (interviewee)


Aritonovich, Dana (interviewer)


Rock and Roll



Document Type

Oral History


86 minutes

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