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Photograph by:
James A. Joyce, American  Search this
Subject of:
Bill Hawkins, American, 1909 - 1975  Search this
Earl Bostic, American, 1913 - 1965  Search this
Bill Hawkins’ Record Studio, American  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Sheet): 7 × 5 1/16 in. (17.8 × 12.9 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place captured:
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, North and Central America
Place printed:
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1952
A black-and-white photograph of Disc Jockey Bill “Hawk” Hawkins with Earl Bostic inside the DJ booth in Bill Hawkins’ Record Studio. Bostic is depicted on the left and Hawkins on the right. The two men are standing behind the DJ console. Bostic is wearing a button-down shirt with a pineapple pattern, medium-toned trousers, suspenders, and dark “browline” style glasses. He is smiling and looking towards in the distance towards the left edge of the photograph. Hawkins is depicted in profile, facing the left edge of the photograph. He is looking slightly downwards, with his proper left hand lightly holding his shirt collar and his proper right hand resting on the console’s turntable. He is speaking into a silver tone microphone directly in front of him. He is wearing a white collared shirt, a polka dot tie, medium-toned trousers, and has a pair of headphones over his ears with the wires dangling down the front of his shirt. Next to the microphone is a pen and piece of paper sitting on the console surface. Behind Hawkins and Bostic is a draped interior window, framed in wood paneling. The photograph has a white border and a portrait orientation. The back of the photograph is white and plain. A black ink photographer’s stamp in a vertical orientation at the center reads [JAMES A. JOYCE / PHOTOGRAPHER / TY 1-0748 CLEVELAND, OHIO]. A small, red ink [+] has been handwritten in the bottom left corner.
African American  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Photography  Search this
Radio  Search this
Rhythm and blues (Music)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of W. Allen Taylor, son of "Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins," The First Black Disc Jockey of Cleveland, Ohio
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown – Restrictions Possible
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture