Alan Freed ~ The World's First Major Rock 'n' Roll concert ~ 1952

March 21, 2018



The Cleveland Arena

was the site of what became recognized

as the world's first major Rock 'n' Roll concert

March 21st of 1952

The concert featured 

Tiny Grimes

Paul Williams and the Hucklebuckers

The Rocking Highlanders 

The Dominoes

Varetta Dillard

Danny Cobb

Over 10,000 people inside and another 20,000 waiting outside

Alan Freed was set to broadcast the event 'live' over WJW radio

Paul Williams And His Hucklebuckers were playing their first song

when city officials decided to shut the proceedings down

citing fire code violations

Doors and windows were smashed 

a few fights broke out

No one asked for their $1.75 admission back

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