Alan Freed, The DJ you coined the team "Rock and Roll" and put on the first rock concert died on this date in 1965. This video mentions his local ties. He went to Salem High school where he played in a band called the Sultans Of Swing. I still say Salem needs to name a street or put up a statue in his honor or something. Some are against it because of the problems he had with payola back in the day. But his contributions to rock and roll went far beyond that. He is also credited to bringing black and white audiences together on the radio and at live shows.
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