This week in 1955, legendary disc jockey and promoter Alan Freed produced his first Rock and Roll Ball in New York City. Staged at the 6,000-seat Saint Nicholas Arena in Harlem, both shows sell out well in advance. Featured at the gig are Big Joe Turner, the Clovers, Fats Domino, the Moonglows, the Drifters and the Harptones. Freed’s Rock ‘n Roll band, playing his theme “Rock ‘n Roll Boogie” above, were regulars at his shows.
On this week’s edition of “The Grooveyard”, guest host Bobby G will feature rare recordings from one of Freed’s 1956 concerts.