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Crime History: Legendary DJ dies amid payola scandal

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On this day, Jan. 20, in 1965, Alan Freed, commonly referred to as "The Father of Rock 'n' Roll," died of alcoholism while facing federal charges in the radio payola scandal. He was 43. Freed, credited with coining the term rock 'n' roll, was one of the first radio disc jockeys and concert producers to program black music, as it was termed, for white audiences. Freed's career was destroyed...

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