Jane Scott, the legendary journalist who covered four decades of rock 'n' roll for The Plain Dealer, died early today after a long illness, said Linda Scott, Jane Scott's niece. She was 92. Details of the funeral services, to be held in Ann Arbor, Mich., are pending. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Cleveland.
Her byline appeared in the newspaper thousands of times, above music features, concert reviews and her long-running "What's Happening" column in Friday! magazine.
Scott was on a first-name basis not only with music fans throughout Northeast Ohio, but with most of the luminaries in the rock 'n' roll universe.
Paul McCartney was an old pal of hers. Bruce Springsteen serenaded her in concert. And when she met Bob Dylan, the World's Oldest Teenager (as Scott was affectionately known) got a peck on each cheek from the Voice of a Generation.
Scott was never at a loss for a great rock 'n' roll story. She regaled several generations of readers with countless firsthand tales about popular music's most colorful characters.
"I've always loved music," Scott said shortly before she retired in 2002, after 50 years at the newspaper.
"The thing about rock is, it gets you up on your feet and dancing and you forget everything else," she said. "The beat gets you going."
Her first day at The Plain Dealer was March 24, 1952, three days after the world's first rock concert -- Alan Freed's Moondog Coronation Ball at the old Cleveland Arena. Read the full obituary on cleveland.com