I’m on record with rock star Ian Hunter. He heard me say it, and he said that he hadn’t heard anything quite so right that night. Dick Clark is the anti-Christ. He tried to show himself as this innocent hip guy, but he was never really young and never really cool. Dick Clark would hire Adolph Hitler to host a game show called “Guess the Jew” if he was even somewhat convinced that he would make money on it in the long run. He is the squarest, fakest, slimiest presence in the world today, and he has been for over 50 years now. Here’s Dick’s story. He’s a lot like Hamlet’s murderous Uncle.
Once there was a DJ who truly understood and loved music. His name was Alan Freed. Ian Hunter used Freed’s voice as a tribute for the beginning of the original recording of that Drew Carey favorite, “Cleveland Rocks.” Supposedly, Freed coined the term rock and roll, although my guess is that Freed just started telling people that and nobody ever stopped to correct him.
Freed wasn’t exactly Mr. Clean. He took money for playing certain songs on his radio shows and he drank. The first was a common practice of the day, and the second was almost a rock and roll necessity. Nevertheless, he loved and supported music made by Black performers. Back in those days they had maggots like Pat Boone and the Crew Cuts who would record really white versions of tunes by Little Richard, Fats Domino, and many others. Most radio stations would play the sterile white version to the detriment of the exciting, talented Black creators of the day.
I heartily recommend that all of you listen to Pat Boone’s version of “Tutti Fruitti.” It remains today what it was back in the mid-'50s when he recorded it — the single funniest thing recorded since the invention of reproduced sound. Alan Freed was the "Jesus" of rock and roll. Dick Clark was his "Judas."
Eventually, largely because of Freed, the real music started to seep through. This scared the living crap out of "the man." What happened was that real rock and roll fought the law, and the law won. Clark did his best to help them, and make as much money off of it as he could.