BLACK MUSIC MOMENT #38: First Ever Rock & Roll Concert, Moondog Coronation Ball

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Where: (click below to visit venue on Foursquare)
3717 Euclid Avenue

When: March 21, 1959

What: Organized by Alan Freed, a disc jockey considered to have coined the term “Rock and Roll” at WJW-Radio, and generally accepted as the first major rock and roll concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball drew an estimated 20,000 people trying to crowd into an arena that held slightly more than half that. The fire authorities shut down the concert after the first song by opening act Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams ended.

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