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Salem seeks ashes of rock and roll legend

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If the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame can no longer be the final resting place for the man known as "Mr. Rock & Roll," then a town here in the Valley is hoping it will be his new resting place.

Alan Freed was the first person inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, in the same group with Elvis.

After more than decade, museum directors asked that his ashes be removed saying it was not appropriate to display human remains in the museum. Freed's son, Lance, removed his fathers urn and is now looking for some place new to display it.

And why not Salem, where the Historical Society already has a display area dedicated to Freed. "Yes, we'd like to bring him home. Actually, his parents and his grandparents are all buried here," said Mickey Weaver, a former president of Salem City Council.

The historical society display includes a class picture of Freed in the fifth grade. He graduated from Salem High in 1940 and Weaver believes that his creativity blossomed during his years in Salem.

"He was in the theater in high school, he had a band called The Sultans of Swing, and he played the trombone in high school," Weaver said.

Freed was multi-talented. He was also a record producer and co-wrote the song "Sincerely," one of the biggest hits for the McGuire Sisters.

Weaver said they have reached out to Freed's son, and the mayor has sent a letter to the family requesting that they consider allowing the historical society to have Freed's ashes on permanent loan.

Weaver said Freed was also among the first inductees as a Salem Citizen Of Honor, "We would be honored to have him here and to bring a native son home."

Freed is also known for coining the phrase "rock 'n roll" and is credited with producing the first rock and roll concert in Cleveland.



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