Various Artists

Alan Freed's Top 15

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The last of a trio of compilations bearing soon to be scandalized DJ Alan Freed's name; credited with coining the phrase rock & roll, Freed, despite some unscrupulous practices, was a godsend to R&B and the emerging soul sound, not to mention pop/rock in general. He gave the music credibility and introduced it to the masses. Sure he took credit for songs he didn't write, but they wouldn't have been hits if he hadn't played them. This hit parade of sounds includes Larry Williams' immortal "Bony Moronie," Etta James' "Dance With Me Henry," a song so raunchy that changed it from its original title, "Roll With Me Henry," Faye Adams' "Shake a Hand," and other early rock evergreens. Like the first two in this series, Roulette Records reissued this LP in the '70s.

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