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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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Alan Freed ...
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Johnny Melody
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Julie Arnold
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Himself
Jackie Wilson ...
Himself
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Himself
The Cadillacs ...
Themselves
Jo Ann Campbell ...
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The Flamingos ...
Themselves
Harvey Fuqua ...
Himself (as Harvey)
Eddie Cochran ...
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Jimmy Cavallo ...
Himself (as Jimmy Cavalio and the House Rockers)
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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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June 1959 (USA)  »

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Dai Johnny dai!  »

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Additional footage featuring local rocker Adriano Celentano was added to the copies distributed in Italy See more »


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MY LOVE IS STRONG
Performed by Jimmy Clanton
Courtesy of Ace Records
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This is the quintessential 50's rock and roll movie...
5 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the quintessential 50's rock and roll movie. With about 20 songs from performers such as Jimmy Clanton (the lead), Chuck Berry, Eddy Cochran, Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens and The Cadillacs and more, if you like 50's rock, then you will like the music in this one. This is definitely not a movie for plot or acting, but instead just plain musical fun.

Some of the best performances are Jump Children by the Flamingos and Please Mr. Johnson by the Cadillacs. Also, the rare clip of the legendary Ritchie Valens makes this movie well worthwhile. It's too bad he didn't perform one of his hits like Donna, La Bamba or Come On Let's Go, but instead wailed with Ooh, My Head! A lot of this movie is very campy and adds to its charm. Because of this and especially because of the music I'd rate this a 7+ on a scale of 10. Jimmy Clanton was a good choice for the lead. His voice and mannerisms bring back memories of a much more innocent era.


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