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Various: Alan Freed - A Hundred Years Of Rock 'n' Roll (CD)

1-CD Digipak with 36-page booklet, 39 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.

  • In celebration of Alan Freed's 100th birthday, Bear Family Records® presents this historic compilation in the 'Memorial Series'!  
  • This issue tells the story of one of the most legendary disc jockeys in music history. 
  • Included are 39 tracks from 1952 to 1959, a mix of then contemporary music from the Alan Freed shows and original excerpts from his radio broadcasts that made him famous.
  • As a bonus you get two ultra-rare live recordings from 1956 and 1957 with Jimmy Cavallo and The House Rockers and Little Richard.
  • The 36-page full-color booklet provides the story of Alan Freed and the contributing artists, meticulously researched and written by Chicago music journalist Bill Dahl, with many rare photos and memorabilia!
  • Alan Freed played mostly black rhythm and blues in his broadcasts, referred to by him early on as rock 'n' roll, and thus helped dismantle racial segregation in the United States.
  • Since Freed is directly involved in almost all of the recordings, this CD album takes on the character of one of his radio shows and can be enjoyed from beginning to end - a genuine rarity!
  • Just as well suited for nostalgic indulgence while cruising by car.  

Rock and Roll
Alan Freed was THE top radio D.J. in 1950s America. Not because he is - incorrectly – considered to be the inventor of the term 'rock and roll' (African-Americans had been using that moniker since the 1930s), but because he took advantage of the rising popularity of R&B and white rock 'n' roll to put on R&B originals, which he then called rock and roll. He came up with all sorts of gimmicks for his radio shows and enthralled a teenage generation from Mexico to Canada. Hollywood took advantage of his immense popularity and gave him roles in music movies, and he got his own TV show. With this album we chronicle the most important years of his life, from his rapid rise to his sad decline in connection with the 'Payola' affair. 

100 years of Alan Freed
Even if some titles on this CD are well known, like Bo Diddley or Chuck Berry's Oh Baby Doll - but where else do you get to hear these titles with announcements from the first legendary dee-jay in music history?  One or two songs may be available on YouTube, but the audio quality of our production is unbeatable. What made Alan Freed so popular? What made him the prototype of the radio DJ? Our CD production answers these questions twice. 

Alan Freed's story is told both musically and lyrically on 36 pages in the full-color accompanying booklet with many rare illustrations. 
No, he did not invent the genre term 'Rock and Roll'. But Alan Freed did use the phrase in his early 'Moondog' radio shows in Cleveland, Ohio. Later in New York, his 'Rock and Roll Dance Party' shows became legendary, especially as he took them from the radio to the stage as well, putting on huge live concerts from which the bonus live tracks were taken. 

Alan Freed dedicated his life to rock 'n' roll, shaking the barriers of segregation by helping African-American music gain popularity with white audiences as well. Segregation did not exist at his live concerts. Eventually, Alan Freed failed. His involvement in the great radio corruption scandal of the late 1950s was only one of the reasons. As Bill Dahl concludes in his accompanying text, "Alan Freed was rock and roll's best friend." With this CD edition we would like to commemorate the great Alan Freed, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday on December 15, 2021.

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Various - Memorial Series - Alan Freed - A Hundred Years Of Rock 'n' Roll (CD) CD 1
01Intro / Rock 'n' Roll BoogieRonnie Aldrich & The Squadronaires
02Freed's Apology-The Moondog House Radio Show-WJW ClevelandAlan Freed
03Moon Dog BoogieFreddie Mitchell Orchestra
04Radio Intro-WJW ClevelandAlan Freed
05The WhipGil Bernal
06Beer Commercial-WJW ClevelandAlan Freed - Gil Bernal
07Only Youlan Freed & His Rock 'N Roll Band featuring The Modernaires
08Station I.D. & Commercials-WJW ClevelandAlan Freed
09Make Me A Present Of YouErnie Andrews
10Moondoggers' Bones-WJW ClevelandAlan Freed
11The Big BeatSam 'The Man' Taylor & His Orchestra
12Alan Freed – Talks about 'The Blackboard Jungle'-WINS New YorkAlan Freed
13(We're Gonna) Rock Around The ClockAlan Freed & His Rock 'N Roll Band, vocal by 'Hal & Al'
14Rock LoveEddie Fontaine
15Outro Eddie Fontaine & Intro Rusty Bryant-Rock'N'Roll Party Radio Show-WINS New YorkAlan Freed
16Back StreetRusty Bryant & The Carolyn Club Band
17Station I.D. & Talks About A Model Agency-WINS New YorkAlan Freed
18Teener's CanteenAlan Freed & His Rock 'N Roll Band
19Commercials & Marie Adams Intro-WINS New YorkAlan Freed
20Boom Diddy Wa WaJohnny Otis Orchestra, Marie Adams & Junior Ryder vocal
21Movie Trailer 'The Man Without A Star' & Otis Blackwell Intro-WINS New YorkAlan Freed
22You Move Me, BabyOtis Blackwell
23Television Commercial & The Charms Intro-WINS New YorkAlan Freed
24Two HeartsThe Charms
25Mercury Commercial & High School Radio Station -WINS New YorkAlan Freed
26Easy RockAlan Freed & His Rock 'N Roll Band
27Furniture Commercial-WINS New YorkAlan Freed
28Alan Freed – Talks About Rock And Roll Artists-WINS New YorkAlan Freed
29Bo Diddley (with Alan Freed Intro)Bo Diddley
30See You Later AlligatorAlan Freed & His Rock 'N Roll Band, vocal by 'Hal & Al'
31The Space ManAlan Freed, Steve Allen, Al 'Jazzbo' Collins & The Modernaires
32Alan Freed – Announcement Rock'N'Roll Dance Party No.1Alan Freed
33Lucille (live)Little Richard
34Rock, Rock, Rock (live)Jimmy Cavallo & The House Rockers
35Lonesome Train (On A Lonesome Track) (with Alan Freed Intro)The Johnny Burnette Trio
36Oh, Baby Doll (with Alan Freed Intro)Chuck Berry
37GosahThe King's Hentchmen
38Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams) (with Alan Freed Intro)Jesse Belvin
39Alan Freed – Farewell To His Fans-'Big Beat' Rock'N*Roll Dance Party-WNEW-TV ShowAlan Freed
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Customer evaluation for "Alan Freed - A Hundred Years Of Rock 'n' Roll (CD)"
16 Feb 2022

rock 'n' roll radio starts here

I always enjoy hearing air-checks of Alan Freed. There are plenty here. There are commercials where Alan reads copy for local businesses in New York and dubious medical products. Honestly, I had never before heard Alan offer his apology for the overcrowding and disturbance at his early concert in Cleveland, Ohio. When Alan Freed starting playing rock 'n' roll on radio there weren't very many rock 'n' roll records. It was all so new. He played a far amount of jazz orchestras playing frenzied dance numbers some of which you will hear on this CD. This is a great historical document of Alan Freed's contributions to music and radio broadcasting.

23 Dec 2021

15 Nov 2021

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30 Oct 2021

Ein guter Anfang, aber es gibt so viel mehr.

Es ist eine ausgezeichnete Idee, das Wirken Alan Freeds auf diese Weise herauszustellen. Schön, dass dieser Pionier des Rock'n'Roll so kompetent gewürdigt wird. Im Internet kursieren etliche Aufnahmen seiner "Camel Rock'n'Roll Dance Partys" mit illustren Live-Gästen wie Bill Haley, Gene Vincent oder den Drifters, teilweise in sehr guter Tonqualität. Wäre das nicht mal ein Projekt für Bear Family? Alle Shows in einer CD-Box versammelt? Fänd ich gut.

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Tracklist
Various - Memorial Series - Alan Freed - A Hundred Years Of Rock 'n' Roll (CD) CD 1
01 Intro / Rock 'n' Roll Boogie
02 Freed's Apology-The Moondog House Radio Show-WJW Cleveland
03 Moon Dog Boogie
04 Radio Intro-WJW Cleveland
05 The Whip
06 Beer Commercial-WJW Cleveland
07 Only You
08 Station I.D. & Commercials-WJW Cleveland
09 Make Me A Present Of You
10 Moondoggers' Bones-WJW Cleveland
11 The Big Beat
12 Alan Freed – Talks about 'The Blackboard Jungle'-WINS New York
13 (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock
14 Rock Love
15 Outro Eddie Fontaine & Intro Rusty Bryant-Rock'N'Roll Party Radio Show-WINS New York
16 Back Street
17 Station I.D. & Talks About A Model Agency-WINS New York
18 Teener's Canteen
19 Commercials & Marie Adams Intro-WINS New York
20 Boom Diddy Wa Wa
21 Movie Trailer 'The Man Without A Star' & Otis Blackwell Intro-WINS New York
22 You Move Me, Baby
23 Television Commercial & The Charms Intro-WINS New York
24 Two Hearts
25 Mercury Commercial & High School Radio Station -WINS New York
26 Easy Rock
27 Furniture Commercial-WINS New York
28 Alan Freed – Talks About Rock And Roll Artists-WINS New York
29 Bo Diddley (with Alan Freed Intro)
30 See You Later Alligator
31 The Space Man
32 Alan Freed – Announcement Rock'N'Roll Dance Party No.1
33 Lucille (live)
34 Rock, Rock, Rock (live)
35 Lonesome Train (On A Lonesome Track) (with Alan Freed Intro)
36 Oh, Baby Doll (with Alan Freed Intro)
37 Gosah
38 Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams) (with Alan Freed Intro)
39 Alan Freed – Farewell To His Fans-'Big Beat' Rock'N*Roll Dance Party-WNEW-TV Show