Bruce Springsteen's 1960 Corvette
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - Cleveland - April 18, 2009

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Bruce Springsteen, Haddonfield, NJ, 1978
Bruce Springsteen, Haddonfield, NJ, 1978

Note the KENWOOD radio. I wonder what happened to the AC Delco?

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock Hall stands just west of the East Ninth Street Pier where Tod and Buz worked on the Carol Diane II tour boat in the episode Two On The House.

Carol Diane is no longer in business and currently the lake and river tours are handled by Goodtime Tours

Goodtime was also operating in 1961 and there are some very brief shots of its ticket office and the Goodtime II in Two On The House.

East Ninth Street Pier

The Goodtime III is visible in the distance

Downtown Cleveland - 1961
Downtown Cleveland - 1961

Downtown Cleveland - 2009
Downtown Cleveland - 2009

Downtown Cleveland from the East Ninth Street Pier

The 1961 photo is from the Route 66 episode Two On The House and shows downtown Cleveland in the backround with the Terminal Tower dominating the skyline behind City Hall. I believe that the Terminal Tower is visible in all six episode of Route 66 filmed in Cleveland.

At one time, Cleveland was the sixth largest city in the United States and the Terminal Tower was the tallest building in the world next to the Empire State Building in New York.

Below is the same shot from April, 2009 which includes the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the right.

The Terminal Tower is still visible in this shot but it is now dwarfed by other buildings.

Another shot...

of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame showing the Goodtime III

Fans of Route 66 and 1960 Corvettes?

The Goodtime III

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

When radio station WJW disc jockey Alan Freed (1921-1965) used the term "rock and roll" to describe the uptempo black rhythym and blues records he played beginning in 1951 he named a new genre of popular music that appealed to audiences on both sides of 1950s American racial boundaries - and dominated American culture for the rest of the 20th century. The popularity of Freed's nightly "Moon Dog House Rock and Roll Party" radio show encouraged him to organize the Moondog Coronation Ball - the first ever rock concert. Held at the Cleveland Arena on March 21, 1952, the oversold show was beset by a riot during the first set. Freed, a charter inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, moved to WINS in New York City in 1954 and continued to promote rock music through radio, television, movies, and live performances.

It's interesting to note that one of the other items on display at the Rock Hall was a set list from a 1967 gig by one of Springsteen's first bands - the Castiles - which included the song "Route 66." I suspect that the band would most likely have been listening to the Rolling Stones' 1964 recording of the Bobby Troup composition.

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