Billboard magazine listed 10 U.S. cities where the music industry is highly endorsed. But this list doesn’t tell the entire story of how other cities revolutionized popular music in the country. The city of Cleveland and other areas in northeast Ohio definitely have a history of bringing dozens of native acts to the national public. Before the new millennium, musicians like Nine Inch Nails, Tracy Chapman, Eric Carmen, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Macy Gray, The O’ Jays, and Bone Thugs N Harmony established their careers in or around Cleveland, Ohio, not just in Hollywood or other popular cities.
Cleveland, Ohio used to be a city that never sleeps. What the city used to be may help explain why many successful artists found fruition here. But Cleveland’s timeline is another story for historians and sociologists to get in to. What can be noted is that the emergence of rock and roll opened opportunities for Ohio artists. Rock and roll did not originate from Cleveland, but (according to a Wikipedia article on the history of the Rock and Roll Museum) it is where disc jockey Alan Freed coined the term “rock and roll.” It is the location where the first major rock and roll concert was held. Cleveland’s radio station WMMS also played a role in getting rock artists recognized by the national public. These are some of the reasons the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum was built there.
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