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Go, Johnny, Go! (1959)

Rock-n-roll promoter Alan Freed holds a talent search to develop a new rock star, then must find the elusive, mystery contestant (Jimmy Clanton) who doesn't know he has won.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Freed ...
Himself
Jimmy Clanton ...
Johnny Melody
Sandy Stewart ...
Julie Arnold
...
Himself
Jackie Wilson ...
Himself
...
Himself
The Cadillacs ...
Themselves
Jo Ann Campbell ...
Herself
The Flamingos ...
Themselves
Harvey Fuqua ...
Himself (as Harvey)
Eddie Cochran ...
Himself
Jimmy Cavallo ...
Himself (as Jimmy Cavalio and the House Rockers)
Herb Vigran ...
Bill Barnett
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Harold Arnold
Barbara Woodell ...
Mrs. Harold Arnold
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Rock-n-roll promoter Alan Freed holds a talent search to develop a new rock star, then must find the elusive, mystery contestant (Jimmy Clanton) who doesn't know he has won.

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You know- like I mean- it's way out!

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June 1959 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Ironically the song performed by Ritchie Valens, "Ooh My Head", contains a reference to a Buddy Holly song with the line "No more Peggy Sue". Curiously, this line was left out when "Ooh My Head" was performed in the Ritchie Valens biography La Bamba (1987). See more »


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DON'T BE AFRAID TO LOVE ME
Performed by Harvey Fuqua (as Harvey)
Courtesy of Chess Records
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Good Rock and Roll flick
27 March 2003 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Here's another Alan Freed rock and roll movie that gives us a look and listen to some of rock's greatest stars. Musically. the film is better than average for a rock and roll film, even with Jimmy Clanton's usual nasal and bland "vocalizing". The Cadillacs do two songs; "Jay Walker" (dressed as Policemen) and the wonderful "Please Mr. Johnson". Jackie Wilson is terrific as usual (he was a very close friend of Alan Freed) and proves once again what a tremendous talent he was. The movie has some historical musical moments as well. This film has the only motion picture performance by the late, great Ritchie Valens (he does the Little Richard inspired "Ohh My Head"). Also featured is Eddie Cochran doing "Teenage Heaven". Unfortunately, performances by Eddie are rare because of his death in a traffic accident in England the following year. Check out Harvey (of The Moonglows) doing a rare solo number and a good performance by Jo Ann Campbell. Co-star Sandy Stewart performs two songs including a nice up tempo called "Playmate". "Jo Gohnny Go"'s plot is a little above average and the acting is fine in most cases. Chuck Berry is especially believable as is veteran character actor Herb Vigran. I just wish someone other than Jimmy Clanton were cast in a co starring role. Sure, he's the right age, but his acting is a bit wooden and his songs and voice makes you want to reach for the fast forward button on your remote control. Still, I would recommend this movie. Don't miss this one for a good time, great music and a little rock and roll history.


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