Alan Freed

Genres: Music & Radio Books Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": rock and roll dj early rocknroll cleveland rocks under 2000 listeners Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s
Links online: Wikipedia


15 December 1922, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 20 January 1965, Palm Springs, California, USA. Freed was one of several key individuals who helped to create the audience for rock ‘n’ roll. As an influential disc jockey, he made enemies among the music business establishment by championing the cause of black artists but his career ended tragically when he was found to be guilty of payola in 1962. The son of European immigrants, he played trombone in a high school band named the Sultans Of Swing. After US Army service, he secured his first radio job in 1946, playing classical records. He moved on to Akron, Ohio, to play contemporary pop material and in 1951 joined WJW Cleveland. There Freed hosted a show sponsored by local record store owner Leo Mintz, consisting of R&B originals rather than white pop cover versions. Entitled Moondog’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Party, the show attracted large audiences of white teenagers who swamped a 1952...

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