Freed, Alan

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Freed, Alan

(1922–65) disk jockey; born in Palm Springs, Calif. In the 1940s and 1950s he worked for radio stations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York where he stirred controversy by playing African-American rhythm-and-blues records for white audiences and by sponsoring integrated concerts. In 1962 he pleaded guilty to commercial bribery during a broadcasting industry scandal; some believe he was scapegoated for sponsoring black performers.
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A popular DJ named Alan Freed accidently played their Mercury Records debut single on air during a "prime" time that was traditionally reserved for "white artists.
You might say he was this city's answer to Alan Freed, without the payola nonsense.
Later in the decade it began to feel the vibrations of rock and roll and featured record programmes by Pete Murray and the legendary Alan Freed from America.
History buffs and radio aficionados will find the story rich with personal recollections of performers from Fred Allen to Alan Freed.
The library collection also includes movie posters, photos and memorabilia related to Alan Freed, the DJ credited with coining the phrase rock 'n' roll; a handwritten list by Elvis Presley of songs included in one of his concerts; and personal letters from Mick Jagger.
Set on Lake Erie and rated as one of America's most liveable cities, Cleveland is where WJW Radio DJ Alan Freed first described 1950s music as rock 'n' roll.
Penned by Dorothy La Bostrie, Richard Penniman a n d Joe Lu bi n , it was sung by Little Richard in Don't Knock The Rock (1956) starring Alan Dale and Alan Freed.
They were singing in a nightclub in 1952 when they met DJ Alan Freed, who became their manager, changed their name to the Moonglows and recorded them for his Champagne label.
It was Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed who is credited with inventing the term rock 'n' roll.
Dick Clark was implicated in the scandal as was Alan Freed, the legendary DJ credited with popularizing the term "rock and roll.
Cleveland Repertory Project has received funding from the National Endowment tot the Arts to underwrite MoonDogg, a dance by Artistic Dilector Hernando Cortez that honors rock 'n' roll, and its founding Cleveland DJ, Alan Freed.
and through a handful of disc jockeys, including Symphony Sid in Boston, Dewey Phillips in Memphis, and Alan Freed in Cleveland and New York.