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Alan Freed's ashes leave the Rock Hall

(Cleveland) - Alan Freed's Remains have left the Rock Hall.

The remains of America's first rock-and-roll DJ were removed from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Museum President Greg Harris says an urn with Alan Freed's ashes were returned to his family today, with Harris calling the display an inappropriate way to honor his legacy.

Alan Freed's son Lance says his father was being "evicted" from the Rock Hall, and he'll be looking for other sites in Cleveland to permanently memorialize his influence.

Harris claims returning Alan Freed's remains to his family isn't the same as removing Freed from the museum.

Lance Freed with his father's ashes.


Alan Freed became internationally known for promoting the mix of blues, country and rhythm and blues music on the radio, and calling it rock-n-roll on radio stations in Greater Cleveland.

After moving to New York, his career was destroyed by the payola scandal that hit the broadcasting industry in the early 1960s.

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