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Alan Freed

American disc jockey and influential figure in rock and roll (1921-65)

Alan Freed

American disc jockey and influential figure in rock and roll (1921-65)
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birthday
15th
December, 1921
Death
20th
January, 1965
Birth Place
Windber, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Birth Sign
sagittarius
Biography

Albert James “Alan” Freed (December 15, 1921 – January 20, 1965) was an American disc jockey. He also produced and promoted large traveling concerts with various acts, helping to spread the importance of rock and roll music throughout North America.
In 1986, Freed was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. His “role in breaking down racial barriers in U.S. pop culture in the 1950s, by leading white and black kids to listen to the same music, put the radio personality ‘at the vanguard’ and made him ‘a really important figure'”, according to the Executive Director.
Freed was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991. The organization’s website posted this note: “He became internationally known for promoting African-American rhythm and blues music on the radio in the United States and Europe under the name of rock and roll”.
The DJ’s career was destroyed by the payola scandal that hit the broadcasting industry in the early 1960s as well as allegations of taking credit for songs he did not write and by his chronic alcoholism.

Children

4

Occupation

Disc jockey

Resting Place

Lake View Cemetery

Spouses

Betty Lou Bean (m. 1943; div. 1949) Marjorie J. Hess (m. 1950; div. 1958) Inga Lil Boling (m. 1959; his death 1965)

Years Active

1945 65

Name

Alan Freed

Nationality

United States of America

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