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"The History of Rock 'n' Roll" Good Rockin' Tonight (????)

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???? (Season 1, Episode 2)
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 (Episode Cast)

Milton Berle ... Himself

Chuck Berry ... Himself

Chubby Checker ... Himself

Bo Diddley ... Himself
Carl Gardner ... Himself / The Coasters
Bobby Hatfield ... Himself / The Righteous Brothers

Buddy Holly ... Himself (archive footage)

Ben E. King ... Himself

Jerry Leiber ... Himself

Jerry Lee Lewis ... Himself

Little Richard ... Himself
Bill Medley ... Himself
Bobby Nunn ... Himself / The Coasters

Roy Orbison ... Himself (archive footage)

Patti Page ... Herself

Carl Perkins ... Himself

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)
Danny Rapp ... Himself / Danny and the Juniors

Neil Sedaka ... Himself

Phil Spector ... Himself
Mike Stoller ... Himself

Episode Crew
Directed by
Bud Friedgen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bud Friedgen 

Produced by
Bud Friedgen .... producer
Ted Haimes .... supervising producer
Quincy Jones .... executive producer
Robert B. Meyrowitz .... executive producer (as Bob Meyrowitz)
Jeffrey Peisch .... series producer
Andrew Solt .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Ralf D. Bode 
Film Editing by
Bud Friedgen 
Doug Seelig 
Sound Department
Glenn E. Berkovitz .... sound mixer
Kent Gibson .... re-recording mixer
Kent Gibson .... sound designer
Other crew
David Naylor .... researcher

Series Crew
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Produced by
Jeffrey Peisch .... series producer
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Episode 2: Good Rockin tonight, 21 October 2005
Author: ebiros2 from United States

This episode shows after the formative years, Rock n Roll becomes a main stream media with more integration going on with white musicians taking in black influence and vice a versa. There was still fear of integration by the status quo, but Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lewis crossed the racial barrier, and rock n roll music was coming into mainstream America.

Rock n roll was still pretty much an American phenomena in the '50s, and as rock n roll gained wide acceptance, producers and composers were writing for both black and white artists. Most notable of these producers was Phil Spector. With his many hits and introduction of Ronettes, rock n roll music sees its first golden age.

As the '50s rockers stopped playing (Little Richard becoming a priest, Chuck Berry going to jail, Jerry Lewis marrying his teenage cousin, and Buddy Holly getting killed in a plane accident), early '60s rock gets filled with manufactured stars such as Bobby Vee, Fabien, Rick Nelson, Paul Anka, and Niel Sedaka in which America was about to get a wake up call from a country across the Atlantic.

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