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Alan Freed Memorial
Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland
May 7, 2016

Alan Freed was a Cleveland disc jockey who has been called the "Father of Rock and Roll." He coined and popularized the term "rock and roll" and produced the nation's first rock concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball at the Cleveland Arena, in 1952. This was an important part of the decision to have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum built in Cleveland, Ohio.

A memorial was held and an unveiling of a monument at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland on May 7, 2016. and hundreds of fans and music industry people attended.

Legendary disc jockey and rock historian Norm N. Nite served as MC and welcomed the crowd and gave a brief bio of Alan Freed, the disc jockey who became the Father of Rock and Roll.

Norm N. Nite

Norm N. Nite


Nite said that Freed took a "teenagers mind and funneled it into 50,000 watts."



Norm N. Nite introduced Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members The Drifters who performed the classic This Magic Moment.

The Drifters at Alan Freed memorial

The Drifters



Lake View Cemetery President Katharine Goss told about the cemetery and welcomed Alan Freed who will rest among other notables such as John D. Rockefeller, President James A. Garfield, Eliot Ness, Ray Chapman and others.

Katharine Goss

Katharine Goss



Norm N. Nite introduced Little Steven Van Zandt who was the keynote speaker.

Little Steven Van Zandt

Little Steven Van Zandt

Little Steven Van Zandt


Steve Van Zandt is known for his work with Southside Johnny, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, solo albums, acting in the Sopranos and his radio show Little Steven's Underground Garage. Van Zandt told stories of Alan Freed and rock and roll.

Little Steven Van Zandt



Little Steven Van Zandt


Norm N. Nite recognized some of the people in the audience such as Supertramp founder Rick Davies.

Rick Davies of Supertramp

Rick Davies of Supertramp


He read proclamations from Governor John Kasich and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

Norm N. Nite at Alan Freede memorial in Cleveland



The Drifters came back and performed the classic Smoke Gets in your Eyes.

The Drifters at Alan Freed memorial

The Drifters



Former Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president Terry Stewart spoke and told stories of Alan Freed and rock and roll.

Terry Stewart

Terry Stewart



Terry Stewart


Norm N. Nite introduced the 1950's teen idol Jimmy Clanton who told stories about early rock and roll, Alan Freed and the music business. Clanton starred in a rock and roll movie produced by Alan Freed called Go Johnny Go.

Jimmy Clanton

Jimmy Clanton



Jimmy Clanton


Jimmy Clanton then sang his hit Just a Dream.

Jimmy Clanton



Next, Ohio State Senator Kenny Yuko gave a proclamation.

Kenny Yuko

Kenny Yuko



Norm N. Nite introduced David Porter from Memphis. Porter is one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time and a 2005 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

David Porter

David Porter



David Porter


Sig Freed, the youngest daughter of Alan Freed, shared stories of her father and family.

Sig Freed

Sig Freed



Next, Lance Freed, who made the event happen for his father, shared stories of his father and family.



Alan Freed Jr., the baby of the family, was next to share stories of his father and family.

Alan Freed Jr.

Alan Freed Jr.



The Drifters closed with the classic Ben E. King song Stand by Me.

The Drifters at Alan Freed memorial



The Drifters at Alan Freed memorial


Finally the big moment. Norm N. Nite called the Freed family to the covered monument and they unveiled it.

Norm N. Nite

Norm N. Nite


Little Steven Van Zandt and others posed with the new monument to the Father of Rock and Roll.

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