Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story

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Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story
Genre Drama/Musical
Produced by Spencer Proffer
Written by Mike Robe
Screenplay by Bill Kerby
Starring Bonnie Somerville
Brad Hawkins
Kathy Baker
Country United States
Original channel CBS
Original run November 7, 1999  – November 10, 1999
Running time 240 minutes
No. of episodes 2

Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story is a TV miniseries that aired on CBS on November 7 and November 10, 1999.


In the 1950s, Lyne Danner, whose father was in the military, goes to high school in Missouri with Tyler Hart. They both enjoy rock and roll and, together with Mookie and Dotson, form a band called The HartAches. The conservative parents are upset by this. Although Tyler already has a girlfriend, he and Lyne are attracted to each other. The band travels to Memphis and eventually gets a recording contract and prepare to go on tour. Record executives Moses and Elaine Gunn want Lyne out of the band, and insist that Tyler record songs by established artists. The band objects to making money that African-Americans deserve, but Tyler goes off on his own. Tyler succeeds in his career but loses his friends, while Lyne's career takes off later. Lyne's friend Marsha performs in a Supremes-style group and becomes a freedom marcher in Alabama.


Scenes representing New York City were filmed on South Tryon Street in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte represented Atlanta, and Charlotte's Dunhill Hotel was used for Philadelphia.[1]

Producer Spencer Proffer wrote the song "Baby, Here I Am", performed by The HartAches. Bob Dylan, Carole King, Graham Nash, Lamont Dozier, and Leiber and Stoller also wrote 50s-style music for the miniseries. Dylan's song is performed by B.B. King.[1]



  1. ^ a b Bill Keveney, "Digging Rock's Roots," The Charlotte Observer, November 7, 1999.

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