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Alan Freed

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  • Year:
    1986
  • Inducted by:
    Scott Muni & Norm Nite
  • Category:
    Ahmet Ertegun Award
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Hall of Fame Essay

1986

Michael Hill

Alan Freed was the most effective proselytizer rock and roll has ever known. Spreading the word from a radio pulpit  that kicked off nightly to the strains of Freddie Mitchell’s “Moondog Boogie,” Freed kept time to the music by smashing his hand on a telephone book. He first conquered Cleve­land over WJW, and then moved his show to New  York’s flagship WINS.

Alan not only spun the music; he wrote it, promoted it, starred in its early movies and became one of its first scapegoats. He dis­covered the Moonglows and helped bring countless other performers to prominence. 

'Rock & roll' seemed to suggest the rolling, surging beat of the music

Alan Freed

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Collection

Third Anniversary Show

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Gallery

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