By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 23, 2024) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps celebrates the first class of Rock Hall of Famers.


Rock and Roll has its roots in the southern U.S. at the intersection of jazz, rhythm and blues, gospel and country music, with some other influences added to it.  It wasn’t named until 1954, despite early rock tracing to the late 1940s.  It gained popularity meteorically.

As is customary in many fields, the top artists had to be uniquely recognized, so the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was established, and the first inductees were named on this day in 1986.

The first class of inductees was: Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, James Brown and Buddy Holly.

As of now, there are 378 inductees.

The home of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is Cleveland.   There are a couple of early historical reasons as to why Cleveland, such as Alan Freed of the local WJW radio station having coined the term “rock and roll”, but the $86 million pledge by the city to build the Hall was an important one. 

So, we present here Suchy’s map of Cleveland from 1937, picturing the city as it was in 1836.  It is yellowish as the map was mounted then lacquered on top. Only for Cleveland.


Map of Cleveland – 1937 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.