In America during the early s, the music being broadcast on the radio was beginning to change — but not everywhere. The normal fare of the day was mostly a mixture of Big Band music, old standards, Frank Sinatra-style crooners, a few pop tunes, and some novelty songs. But this style of music — which would remain a standard genre for years — was making room for a new sound and a new kind of music. And one place where the new music was being broadcast on the radio was in Cleveland, Ohio by a late-night disc jockey named Alan Freed.
Chuck Berry also played Freed's pal and sidekick, a groundbreaking role in those days. Although the ratings for the show were strong, it was suddenly terminated after four weeks.
During the second episode, black singer Frankie Lymon had been shown dancing with a white girl from the studio audience: Legal trouble, payola scandal[ edit ] InFreed faced controversy in Boston when he told the audience, "It looks like the Boston police don't want you to have a good time.
There was also a conflict of interestthat he had taken songwriting co-credits most notably on Chuck Berry 's " Maybellene "which entitled him to receive part of a song's royalties, which he could help increase by heavily promoting the record on his own program.
In another example, Harvey Fuqua of The Moonglows insisted Freed's name was not merely a credit on the song " Sincerely " and that he did actually co-write it which would still be a conflict of interest for Freed to promote.
Freed lost his radio show on WABC, and was later fired from the station altogether on November 21, Inpayola was made illegal. InFreed pleaded guilty to two charges of commercial briberyfor which he received a fine and a suspended sentence. The couple had two children, daughter Alana Freed deceased and son Lance Freed.
On December 2,the couple divorced. On August 12,Freed married again to Marjorie J.
The couple divorced on July 25, Freed married for a third time on August 8,to Inga Lil Boling, with whom he remained until his death. The motion picture American Hot Wax was inspired by Freed's contribution to the rock and roll scene. Although director Floyd Mutrux created a fictionalized account of Freed's last days in New York radio by utilizing real-life elements outside of their actual chronology, the film does accurately convey the fond relationship between Freed, the musicians he promoted, and the audiences who listened to them.
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The history of rock music isn't cut and dry. Many individuals debate who the first rock singer was and what the first rock song was.
However, it is known that the history of rock music comes from the old R&B mixed with some country and western and fused with a little rockabilly. Alan Freed Alan Freed was born December 16, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
He was considered the most the most famous Disc Jockey(DJ) in rock 'n roll history. Alan Freed.
One of the most important popularizes of rock and roll during the '50s, Alan Freed was the first disc jockey and concert producer of rock and roll. Rock, Rock, Rock is a strung-together bunch of mostly excellent music videos of the EARLY days of rock. It's obvious there wasn't much money invested into this, but it is certainly worth sitting through the agonizing "plot line," which is more awful than I could ever describe.