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This Day in Music History: Faces release their first album with Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen wins an Oscar

Faces

1952 – Cleveland stakes a claim on Rock history when the Moondog Coronation Ball is held at the Cleveland Arena. Organized by the WJW DJ Alan Freed (“Moondog” on the air), it is widely considered the first Rock concert, with Billy Ward and The Dominoes, Tiny Grimes, and Paul Williams on the bill. The crowd is over capacity and police shut down the show because of fire code violations after just one song by Williams. The event proves to the music industry that this type of R&B music has widespread appeal.

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R.I.P. Dick Clark, 1929-2012

Television icon Dick Clark passed away today at the age of 82. Clark was the longtime host of the influential TV show American Bandstand, which was based out of Philadelphia from its premiere in 1952 before moving to Los Angeles in 1964. Clark hosted the show from 1956-1989. Below, you can watch a video of Philadelphia’s own Bobby Rydell, Fabian Forte, and Frankie Avalon performances during the show’s 33 1/3 Anniversary Special, as well as videos featuring an appearance by Hall And Oates and a handful of other classic performances.

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