Thursday, May 19, 2011

Payola Blues

May 19th, 1960, American DJ Alan Freed was indicted along with seven others for accepting $30,650 in payola from six record companies. Two years later, he was convicted and given a suspended sentence and a $300 fine.

The post title is a reference to Neil Young's 1988 song "Payola Blues".

"This one's for you Al Freed, Wherever you go, whatever you do
'Cause the tings they're doing today will make a saint out of you...."

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