Contrary to popular belief even to this day, Alan Freed did not coin the term “Rock and Roll”. The term has been around since the 1930s. Alan Freed merely used it effectively during his radio shows and the term caught on.
Initially Alan Freed was credited, along with Chuck Berry, as the co-writer of the hit song “Maybellene”. Chuck Berry eventually was awarded 100% of the songwriting credits. However, The Moonglows’ Harvey Fuqua insisted that Freed actually co-wrote the song “Sincerely” as well.
The internet and journalism is sorely lazy when it comes to Alan Freed and the Payola Scandal. The actual truth is in 1957 ABC, which aired both Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and Alan Freed’s radio program and TV show The Big Beat, required all of their disc jockeys to sign an affidavit to the effect that they were in no way involved in the exchange of cash for playing favored records. Freed refused to sign as it was worded, pointing out that Dick Clark was able to edit and reword his affidavit. Freed was fired from WABC and shortly after his television show Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party was cancelled. In short many believe Dick Clark orchestrated the termination of Freed’s contract to control the emerging market of rock and roll.
And another note about Dick Clark – it has been written that Dick Clark visited Alan Freed during his final days in Palm Springs, paid for his hospital stay and paid for his funeral. None of this is true. Dick Clark was and always has been, to quote George Harrison of the Beatles, a self-centered greedy vulture. Many believe George was being too kind.
Final Resting Place:
Lake View Cemetery
12316 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, 44106
Grave Location:Section 5E, Lot 383, Grave 1
Grave Location Description
As you enter the cemetery make your way towards Wade Chapel that oversees the lake. Proceeding straight ahead on Lake road with With Chapel on your left. Drive forward 200 feet to the next intersection. Park and on your left in Section 5E (bordered by Sections 5 and 6) you will see Alan Freed’s large black monument about 100 feet from the road.
Grave Location GPS41.51418885586676, -81.59342266707715
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Read More About Alan Freed:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
- Official website for Alan Freed, the disk jockey who helped introduce Rock ‘n’ Roll to the world
- Alan Freed was rock and roll's first evangelist
- The Reason Rock and Roll Legend Alan Freed Died Penniless
- Son of DJ Alan Freed says Rock Hall of Fame no longer want his cremated remains
- Alan Freed and the history of rock and roll
- Payola Scandal - Alan Freed was the fall guy while Dick Clark skated
- Alan Freed and the Radio Payola Scandal
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Alan Freed