Alan Freed

Perhaps the first legend of the genre, the "King of the Moondoggers" gets credit for attaching the phrase "rock 'n' roll" -- a euphemism for sex -- to the hybrid R&B/country and western music he played, first in Cleveland, then in New York. The payola scandal of the late '50s ruined his career, and he died in 1965, just 43. In the National Radio Hall of Fame.



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