Skip to comments.How the world's first rock concert ended in chaos
Posted on 03/20/2012 8:06:41 PM PDT by the scotsman
'Cleveland by two men whose passion for music bridged the racial divide in a segregated US.
Jimmy Sutphin was playing poker and drinking beer in a hotel room with some hockey team pals when they heard the commotion outside.
Peering out of the fifth-floor window, they saw thousands of people besieging the indoor arena across the road. The 20-year-old student and his friends abandoned their card game and piled downstairs to investigate.
It was Friday evening, 21 March 1952, in Cleveland, Ohio, and they were about to witness history being made.
The crowd was angrily demanding entry to a performance featuring a radical new music movement that was about to sweep the nation. The world's first ever rock concert - the Moondog Coronation Ball - was about to end in turmoil after it had barely begun.'
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
I met Jimmy Sutphin myself a few years later. Son of a local big shot industrialist, he wasn't much, himself.
This picture of Big Jay McNeely (who still blows his horn) is from 1951.
So much for the hype.
I love the ‘proto rock and roll’, the 1945-54 stuff: McNeely, Rocket 88, early Ike Turner, ‘race records’....
I’ve gotten to see both McNeely and Ike Turner in the past decade.
Ike’s history got written out of the history be he was there supplying songs and artists to Sun and Chess.
All That Wine is Gone--Jay McNeely & His Orchestra (1951)
Great story, I did not know all of this story before...
Is that Jim Carey in the front row?
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