Six O’Clock Triple Shot – 5/5/14 Rock Hall Announces Cleveland as Home Site
(The Six O’Clock Triple Shot is a daily feature of three songs that share a common theme, heard weeknights on 94.9 WMMQ)
28 years ago today, Cleveland, OH was named as the site of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Well, here I go back on to this soapbox…
First off, the Hall is a farce. Don’t get me wrong, I strongly dislike the City of Cleveland, and the State of Ohio, in general. But, I will make a trip to visit The Hall one of these days to see displays of lifelong music idols like Queen, Tom Petty, Billy Joel, Alice Cooper, and on and on and on. However, I’m sure I will save a sour face or two to see the enthronements of non-rockers like Donna Summer (disco sucks and is the anti-rock genre), Grandmaster Flash (…what???), Beastie Boys, or Public Enemy. None of these artists listed can be remotely labeled as Rock and Roll. Then, there’s the constant shunning of iconic rock bands…Deep Purple is still not in. Rush, Black Sabbath, and KISS finally made it in, but not before public outcry and industry critics displaying their displeasure.
That’s all just the tip of the iceberg with my contentions. Why in the hell was Cleveland chosen anyways? Well, supporters will cite D.J. Alan Freed. He supposedly coined the term “Rock-n-Roll” while working at a Cleveland radio station, before disgracing the industry by participating in illegal “payola scams“. Freed, supposedly, was also instrumental in organizing the first “rock-n-roll” concert in Cleveland, the Moondog Coronation Ball. Cleveland political heads will also tell you that radio station WMMS was instrumental in breaking rock bands during the ’70’s.
I call B.S.!! Hogwash, if you will!! Everybody knows, or should know, that Detroit is the real Home of Rock-N-Roll!! Start way back in history and look at the evolution of music, and how rock-n-roll formed. It’s a fusion of blues, gospel, jazz and pop all rolled into one. Detroit’s historically diverse population made it a fertile ground for the blues and jazz scene in the 40’s and early 50’s. Then, Detroit’s world renowned gospel artists began to influence the young generation, helping to form the Motown sound that dominated radio stations coast to coast through the 60’s, all but killing bubble gum pop.
Should we talk about the legendary radio stations? I don’t think Cleveland wants to go there…really. Detroit had Keener 13, CKLW, and WXYZ. Then, the FM radio boom happened. WABX, WRIF, WLLZ, WKNR-FM were all at different times pushing the latest, hottest hits. Many of them rock-n-roll artists.
Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder, Glenn Frey, Marshall Crenshaw, Aretha Franklin, Ted Nugent, Grand Funk Railroad, MC5, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, on, and on, and on…all Detroit groomed! Aerosmith credits detroit for their mainstream breakthrough. Radio play and sold out shows told the whole story. J. Geils Band, KISS, and DAvid Bowie credit Detroit so much for their success, they wrote songs about the city…not Cleveland.
I could type for hours on this topic. And, nobody will ever be able to convince me that the Rock Hall’s rightful home is Detroit…THE Home of Rock and Roll!! I will remind everybody why with three tracks homegrown in Motown for tonight’s Six O’Clock Triple Shot: Bob Seger’s “Feel Like A Number”, The Rockets with “Desire”, and of course, we’ll “Kick Out The Jams” with MC5. Only on 94.9 WMMQ!