Rock, Rock, Rock (film)
|Rock, Rock, Rock|
One-sheet for the film
|Directed by||Will Price|
|Produced by||Max Rosenberg
|Written by||Phyllis Coe
|Music by||Milton Subotsky
|Distributed by||Distributors Corporation of America|
|Budget||$75,000 plus $25,000 in deferments|
Rock, Rock, Rock! is a 1956 black-and-white motion picture featuring performances from a number of early rock 'n' roll stars, such as Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Teddy Randazzo, the Moonglows, the Flamingos, and the Teenagers with Frankie Lymon as lead singer. Later West Side Story cast member David Winters is also featured. Famed disc jockey Alan Freed made an appearance as himself. The voice of the main character (Dori Graham) was sung by Connie Francis.
The movie has a fairly simple plot: teenage girl Dori Graham (played by then 13-year-old Tuesday Weld) can't convince her dad to buy her a strapless gown and has to get the money together herself in time for the prom.
The soundtrack album, also titled Rock, Rock, Rock, is nowadays widely regarded as Chuck Berry's first album. Many of the artists featured in the film do not appear on the album, and only four songs on the album ("Over and Over Again," "I Knew From the Stars," "You Can't Catch Me," and "Would I Be Crying") actually appear in the film. In addition, "I Never Had a Sweetheart" and "Little Blue Wren" also appeared in the film and was sung by Connie Francis in her MGM Records single at the same time in 1956.
- "Rock, Rock, Rock" -- Jimmy Cavallo & His House Rockers
- "I Never Had A Sweetheart" -- Connie Francis
- "The Things Your Heart Needs" -- Teddy Randazzo
- "Rock, Pretty Baby" -- Ivy Schulman and the Bowties
- "Rock & Roll Boogie" -- Alan Freed & His Rock & Roll Band w/"Big" Al Sears (saxophone)
- "I Knew From The Start" -- The Moonglows
- "You Can't Catch Me" -- Chuck Berry
- "Would I Be Crying" -- The Flamingos
- "The Big Beat"—Jimmy Cavallo & His House Rockers
- "Thanks To You"—Teddy Randazzo (announced as Tommy Rodgers)
- "We're Gonna Rock Tonight"—The Three Chuckles With Teddy Randazzo
- "Little Blue Wren"—Connie Francis
- "Rock, Rock, Rock"—Jimmy Cavallo & His House Rockers
- "Lonesome Train (On A Lonesome Track)" -- Johnny Burnette Trio
- "Over and Over Again" -- The Moonglows
- "Tra La La" -- Lavern Baker
- "Ever Since I Can Remember" -- Cirino & the Bowties
- "Baby Baby" -- Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
- "I'm Not A Juvenille Delinquent"—Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
- "Won't You Give Me A Chance"—Teddy Randazzo
- "Right Now, Right Now"—Alan Freed & His Rock & Roll Band with "Big" Al Sears (saxophone)
This was the first feature film collaboration between Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg.
The film was a success at the box office.
- Ed. Allan Bryce, Amicus: The Studio That Dripped Blood, Stray Cat Publishing, 2000 p 7
- Chuck Berry's Collector Guide
- Pierce, David (June 2007). "Forgotten Faces: Why Some of Our Cinema Heritage Is Part of the Public Domain". Film History: An International Journal 19 (2): 125–43. doi:10.2979/FIL.2007.19.2.125. ISSN 0892-2160. OCLC 15122313. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
- from the movie