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GO, JOHNNY, GO! 1959

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GO, JOHNNY, GO! 1959
U.S. film. Fantastic Alan Freed movie with a galaxy of 1950s rock and roll stars! Jimmy Clanton stars as "Johnnie Melody," an unwanted teenager from an orphanage who sends a demo record to disc jockey Alan Freed and rises to rock and roll fame! Along the way he meets a cool chick (Sandy Stewart), falls in love, and gets arrested by the cops.

Chuck Berry has an acting roll and also performs some of his classics. Cool record store scene but the real treat is the 1950s rock and roll music: The Flamingos: "Jump, Children." The Cadillacs: "Jay Walker," "Please, Mr. Johnson." Harvey: "Don't Be Afraid To Love Me." Jackie Wilson: "You Better Know It." Chuck Berry: "Johnny B. Goode," "Little Queenie," "Memphis, Tennessee." Eddie Cochran: "Teenage Heaven." Ritchie Valens: "Ooh My Head." Jo-Ann Campbell: "Momma, Can I Go Out." Jimmy Clanton: "My Love Is Strong," "It Takes A Long Time," "Ship On A Stormy Sea," "Angel Face." Sandy Stewart: "Playmates." "Heavenly Father." Jimmy Clanton and Sandy Stewart: "Once Again."

Alan Freed, Jimmy Clanton, Sandy Stewart, Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens, The Cadillacs, Jo-Ann Campbell, The Flamingos, Harvey Fuqua, Eddie Cochran, Jimmy Cavallo and the House Rockers, Herb Vigran, Frank Wilcox, Barbara Woodell, Milton Frome, Joe Cranston, Martha Wentworth, Robert Foulk, Joe Flynn. Go Johnny Go.

Plus these bonus selections...

U.S. TV show. Hosted by James Darren. An examination of Little Richard's on again, off again relationship with Rock and Roll, God and Religion! Little Richard talks about singing while washing dishes at a Greyhound bus station. Then one day he met Lloyd Price and fell in love with his Cadillac and knew he wanted to be a rock and roll star.

When he was 19 he cut his first record. He talks about snorting $1000 worth of cocaine a day! He said he used to fire guys in his band for taking drugs—meanwhile he was mixing cocaine and heroin! He talks about quitting rock and roll (twice!) for the Lord. In addition to his many hits, he sings, "I Saw Her Standing There." Interviews: Little Richard, Bumps Blackwell.

Rare footage of the Cadillacs performing on stage and the Bay Bops on the Steve Allen Show.

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