He didn’t invent the term “Rock and Roll”, but he gave it a home. If Alan Freed…
Written by megarock on December 15, 2017
He didn’t invent the term “Rock and Roll”, but he gave it a home.
If Alan Freed was still with us, he would turn 96 years old today. Alan, also known as ‘Moondog,’ was an American disc jockey. He became internationally known for promoting the mix of blues, country and rhythm and blues music on the radio in the United States and Europe under the name of “Rock and Roll.”
He started on the radio in Akron, OH, moved to Cleveland where he developed and huge audience. Alan was one of if not the first DJ to play music by Black artists instead of a cover of a song by a white artist. He presented concerts that were a racial mix of Stars. He was featured in movies about rock. Alan was one of the people who ‘Jump Started” Rock and Roll and for that we are eternally grateful.
His career was destroyed by the payola scandal that hit the broadcasting industry in the early 1960s. Alan took most of the heat while some other well known jocks / TV hosts walked away clean.
Alan died on Jan. 20, 1965 from the effects of alcoholism. He was only 43 years old when he died.
Happy Birthday Alan. Thank you on so many levels!