The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s Landmark Series designates historic rock and roll landmarks around the United States. To date, 10 sites have been selected that are integral in telling the story of rock and roll’s formative moments. As a part of the designation, the Rock Hall hosts panel discussions to illustrate the historic site’s particular impact and integrates what was happening socially, politically and historically at the time into classroom teaching for teachers and students.
Other landmark sites across the country include the Whisky-a-Go-Go in Los Angeles where the Doors were resident performers; King Records in Cincinnati, a prominent American record label started in the 40s and The Crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi. On January 28, 2009, the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa was designated a historic landmark as the location where Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson played their last concert of the Winter Dance Party tour before a plane crash took their lives.
Five sites are located in the Cleveland area and include Brooklyn High School, the location Elvis played his first concert north of the Mason-Dixon line; Leo’s Casino, where a great number of Motown acts broke in their stage shows before they took them on the road , the Corner Tavern, owned by Don King in the late 50s and early 60s and home of some of the most popular jazz and rhythm and blues acts; WJW Radio, home to Deejay Alan Freed who popularized the term “rock and roll” and WEWS TV, home of The Upbeat Show, a syndicated music variety show that broadcast on 110 stations across the country and spotlighted performers in the 60s.