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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was created in 1983, and began the search for a location to build a facility dedicated to the music that was popularized by early rock pioneers like Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
Although serious consideration was given to locating the new facility in Memphis or Cincinnati, Cleveland, Ohio was ultimately chosen for a number of reasons, including the credit that was given to WJW disk jockey Alan Freed for promoting rock and roll in its infancy, as well as being instrumental in making the term “rock and roll” become the standard for this new genre of music.
Cleveland is also recognized as the location where the first major rock and roll concert took place in in 1952 at the Moondog Coronation Ball, an event that was organized by Freed, who obviously deserves a lot of credit for being one of the first DJs to put Rock and Roll out on the airwaves, and help give birth to a whole new genre of music that may just be around as long as there are people here on this planet to listen to it.
There is some debate about whether Cleveland was chosen for the location because it was able to come up with the money necessary to construct the facility before the other cities were able to, but there’s also the petition drive that was signed by 600,000 or so fans in favor of Cleveland to consider, as well as the poll in the national newspaper USA Today where Cleveland beat out Memphis by about 100,000 votes.
The facility opened on the shores of Lake Erie on September 2, 1995 after two years of construction.
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