The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Alan Freed

Induction category: Non-Performer


Inductee: Alan Freed; born December 15, 1921, died January 20, 1965 Disk jockey Alan Freed is widely credited with coining the term “rock and roll” to describe the uptempo black R&B records he played as early as 1951 on Cleveland radio station WJW. In addition, in 1952, Freed was one of the people who put together the Moondog Coronation Ball, a Cleveland concert that is now considered the first-ever rock and roll concert. Alan Freed was born on December 21, 1921, in Windber, Pennsylvania. When he was 12, his family moved to Salem, Ohio. After attending Ohio State University for a ...

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