1965 (Jan 20) – ‘Father of Rock and Roll’ DJ Alan Freed Dies

January 20, 1965

American disc-jockey Alan Freed died from uraemia and cirrhosis brought on by alcoholism at the age of 42.  Freed called himself the “father of rock and roll”, appeared in the movies such as Rock Around the Clock and Don’t Knock the Rock.  His career was destroyed by the payola scandal that hit the broadcasting industry in the early 1960s.

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