He would also fashion a new kind of “DJ talk” during his broadcasts, ad-libbing and using part of the language he heard on the recordings he was offering. Then Freed announces that Frankie is just 13! George E. Condon, On The Air, “‘King of the Moondogs’ Quits WJW to Sign with New York Station,” The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), August 1954. “Rock Around the Clock (film),” Wikipe-dia.org. Rock Around The Clock, is a title based on Bill Haley & His Comets enormous hit from 1954. Co-starring in the film were Jimmy Clanton, Sandy Stewart, Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens, The Cadillacs, Jo-Ann Campbell, The Flamingos, Harvey Fuqua, and others. B. Goode, Review, “Rock Around the Clock,” Gonna Put Me in The Movies (blog), August 22, 2010. United Press International (UPI), “Interest-Free Loan to Alan Freed Told,” December 1, 1959. A number of live R& B acts were also billed as part of this concert, including Paul Williams & The Hucklebuckers, Tiny Grims & The Rockin’ Highlanders, The Dominoes, Danny Cobb, and Varetta Dillard. Thanks for visiting — and if you like what you find here, please. DON’T KNOCK THE ROCK U.K. 1964 U.K. Granada TV special. It’s the rhythm that gets to the kids – they’re starved of music they can dance to, after all those years of crooners.” Freed had also become a champion of teenage kids and their musical interests, and a kind of middleman in the fight against those who wanted to ban the music seeing it as an influence on “juvenile delinquency,” a worrisome social problem and political issue at the time. (1959),” Notes, TCM.com. In March 1952, he promoted a dance concert to be held at the Cleveland Arena that he called the “Moondog Coronation Ball,” which some claim as the first rock concert. WJW at the time was a 50,000-watt clear channel station powerful enough to reach a giant market throughout the Midwest. However, Valens would die in a plane crash along with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper on February 3, 1959, several months before the film was released. Back home, meanwhile, Freed’s radio show was also having an influence on emerging U.S. artists. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 March 2016. Go, Johnny Go! Little Richard had his first bonafide hit, "Tutti Frutti," while making this film, and the film shows this self proclaimed architect of rock and roll at the beginning of his storied career. On July 17,1953, thousands came out for that show at the Cleveland Arena, which also featured boxing star and celebrity Joe Louis for a brief appearance, as well as a full roster of performers including: Ruth Brown, Wynonie Harris, Leonard Reed, the tap dancing Edwards Sisters, Dusty Fletcher, Stuffy Bryant, and the Buddy Johnson Orchestra. Walter Ames, “L.A. Two or three thousand kids would buy tickets …all for performers that adults had never even heard of.”. Fred Bronson, writing in Billboard’s Hottest Hot 100 Hits, offers the following account of how Freed’s show had an impact on the formation of one of the more successful “girl groups” of the late 1950s: …Arlene Smith was the leader of the Chantels, and her inspiration for forming her girl group was a man – or rather, a teenage boy. “Television: Rock ’n Riot,” Time, Monday, May 19, 1958. Click for poster. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 January 2017. having been lucky enough to see bill haley and little Richard in concert....found movies to be quite good...storys where crap..and some artists didn't know at all...despite knowing a lot about doowop..rocknroll....even looked up the girl in dktr..asshe was pretty hot......hmm no wonder she starred with elvis in "loving you"film......for two slices of the 50s scene well worth it...just to see real"jiving"!!! (1959),” Articles, TCM.com. But Alan Freed at WJW in Cleveland soon began using the music as a centerpiece of his broadcasts. Still, author John Jackson, who has written about Freed and the 1950s music industry, says Freed pushed songs like “Maybellene” because he believed in them, and that he also pushed other Chuck Berry records – and those of many other artists – just as hard, even though he had no co-writing or publishing involvement in any of them. Disc jockeys no longer could chose songs and play what they wanted. Scene from “Rock Around The Clock” with Bill Haley, center, plaid shirt & Alan Freed, upper right. Jockeys Deny Payola, But Admit Offers,” Los Angeles Times, Nov. 24, 1959. Photo, Peter Hastings/Cleveland Plain Dealer. Another late night show, “Rock ’n Roll Party #2,” was broadcast Monday through Thursday in the 11:00 p.m.- 1:00 a.m. slot and Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m. Freed’s live concert dance shows, meanwhile, soon became New York sensations. The voice of Dori for her songs, was not Tuesday Weld’s, but that of singer Connie Francis. amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; Bill Haley’s song “Rock Around The Clock”, make a donation to help support the research and writing at this website. I love it when they show an original show as it first went out. “Disc Jockey Alan Freed Files in Bankruptcy,” The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), May 9, 1951. In September 1954 Freed was hired by WINS radio in New York. Great story line with Rock Around the Clock about a manager that falls for a much younger girl whos one of the dancers the band hire to get the kids on the dance floor (kids being younger then 21 it seems) Alan Freed and the bands manager try endlessly to get Rock and Roll accepted against a older generation who is not impressed one bit. “It was a lovely high voice and a nice song. Jack Doyle, “Moondog Alan Freed: 1951-1965,” I prefer the authenticity of the original any time. He was also involved with bringing rock ’n roll music to film. Headlines from a May 1958 Boston Globe story spell trouble for Alan Freed’s stage shows. The station play list came in. Wes Smith (Robert Weston), The Pied Pipers of Rock ‘N’ Roll: Radio Deejays of The 50s and 60s, Longstreet Press, 1989. But when Freed came to Cleveland in the early 1950s, he had not come with the idea of broadcasting R& B music. On New Year’s day 1965, he entered a Palm Springs hospital for gastrointestinal intestinal bleeding, resulting from cirrhosis of the liver. Among the R&B artists who appeared there were: Buddy Johnson and his orchestra and vocalist Ella Johnson; The Clovers, a vocal quartet; Roost Bonnemera and his Mambo Band; Nolan Lewis, Mercury recording star; Sam Butera, jazz saxophonist; Muddy Waters, blues guitar player; the Harptones; and Charles Brown. Unable to add item to Wish List. Rock, Rock, Rock, was a black-and-white motion picture featuring performances from a number of early rock ’n roll stars, such as Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Teddy Randazzo, The Moonglows, The Flamingos, and The Teenagers with Frankie Lymon as lead singer.