1965 – Alan Freed, the disc jockey who coined the term “rock `n’ roll,” dies. Biography A dog bays. A chugga-chugga rhythm begins. The dog howls again. A liquid metronome begins ticking…From the near distance, a voice, casual, conversational, materializes. The volume increases as he asks, “All ready to rock? Atta boy. We’re gonna have […]
1964 – DJ Alan Freed is charged with tax evasion, the latest plague on the payola-plagued pioneer’s career.
1960 – Alan Freed is indicted for accepting Payola on This Day in Rock Music History! DJ Alan Freed was indicted for accepting up to $30,000 in bribe monies, called Payola, from 6 different record labels. Two years later he was convicted with a suspended sentence and a $300 fine. Those were the good ole’ […]
1958 – Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show opened at the Fox Theatre in Brooklyn. Those performing included Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Clanton, Chuck Berry, Bobby Freeman, Bill Haley and his Comets and The Elegants.
1958 – Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show plays at at the Memorial Hall in Canton, Ohio on This Day in Rock Music history!
1958 – Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show plays at at the Memorial Hall in Canton, Ohio on This Day in Rock Music history! Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, The Chantels, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Danny and the Juniors, The Pastels and Larry Williams were the featured artists […]
1956 – Alan Freed’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party’ Premiers on CBS This Day in Rock History!