Rock, Rock, Rock (December 26, 1956)
Released on December 26, 1956: (running time 1 hour and 25 minutes) Alan Freed, the Cleveland, Ohio disk jockey who first used the term 'Rock and Roll' headlines a cast that includes Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Connie Francis and more.
Produced by Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg
Directed by Will Price
Written by Milton Subotsky and Phyllis Coe
The Actors: Alan Freed and his Rock 'n Roll Band (themselves), Fran Manfred (Arabella), Tuesday Weld (Dori Graham), Teddy Randazzo (Tommy Rogers), Jacqueline Kerr (Gloria Barker), Ivy Schulman (Baby, Arabella's little sister), The Moonglows (themselves), Chuck Berry (himself), The Flamingos (themselves), Jimmy Cavallo and the House Rockers (themselves), The Johnny Burnette Trio (themselves), La Vern Baker (herself), Cirino and the Bowties (themselves), Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers (themselves), The Coney Island Kids (themselves), Jack Collins (Dori's father), Carol Moss (Louise, Dori's mother), Eleanor Swane (Miss Silky), Lester Mack (Mr. Bimble, banker), Bert Conway (Mr. Barker), David Winters (Melville), Paul Burlison (part of the Johnny Burnette Trio), Yvette Mimieux (dance extra), Prentiss Barnes (member of the Moonglows), Dorsey Burnette (member of the Johnny Burnette Trio), Johnny Burnette (lead singer of the Johnny Burnette Trio), Jake Carey (member of The Flamingos), Zeke Carey (member of The Flamingos), Johnny Carter (lead singer of The Flamingos), Jimmy Cavallo (lead singer of Jimmy Cavallo and The House Rockers), Cirino Colacrai (lead singer of Cirino and the Bowties), Connie Francis (Dori's singing voice), Harvey Fuqua (lead singer of The Moonglows), Valerie Harper (dancer at the prom), Billy Johnson (member of The Moonglows), Bobby Lester (member of The Moonglows), Frankie Lymon (lead singer of Frankie Lyman and The Teenagers), Jimmy Merchant (member of Frankie Lyman and the Teenagers), Joe Negroni (member of Frankie Lyman and the Teenagers), Nate Nelson (member of The Flamingos), Michael Peterson (dancer at the prom), Jimmy Piro (member of Cirino ant the Bowties), Tommy Romano (himself), Herman Santiago (member of Frankie Lyman and the Teenagers), Vince Sepaldo (member of Cirino and the Bowties), Garrison True (Dori's prom date)
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Baby Wants to Rock, in a Blue Strapless Gown
During the 1930’s and 1940’s the world enjoyed the swing music from the big bands, and dancing to music changed forever, away from the old ballroom waltz style. In the 1950’s Elvis Presley would introduce a new kind of music. Frank Sinatra stood still and sang, the Andrews Sisters might sway back and forth as they sang, but Elvis Presley changed that forever. Elvis was alive with motion and emotion, more motion than the world had ever seen before. His music didn’t have a name, but it was different from the swinging big band style. Elvis Presley will always be remembered as the King of Rock and Roll.
It would be a radio station disk jockey in Cleveland, Ohio that would give this new music a name. In 1951 the twenty-nine-year-old disk jockey who called himself “The Moon Dog” was playing this new radical rhythm and blues music, and it was soon the rage of Cleveland teenagers. One day during his chatter between songs, he invited his listeners to Rock and Roll with him to the beat of the new music.
In March of 1952, Moon Dog Alan Freed set up a live music concert in the Cleveland Arena that included the singers that his radio audience heard every day, calling it the ‘Moon Dog Coronation Ball,’ which is recognized as the first live rock concert.
For the first time in history, teenagers paid big bucks to go to a concert and sing along with the pop songs of the day, drowning out the performance of their music idols on stage as many of them ‘rocked and rolled’ to the music in the aisles. The music and the name, and the new rock and roll performers quickly went ‘viral’ around the nation, and soon the world was rocked out of the swing era into the rock and roll generation.
In September of 1954 Alan Freed had gone to New York where he hosted a weekly live rock and roll concert at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater that was broadcast live on television in the New York area. In this adventure, teenage girl Tuesday Weld desperately needs to purchase a blue strapless gown for her prom where Alan Freed and his rock and roll bands will entertain. She must have the strapless blue gown because she is afraid that without it her boyfriend Tommy may go to the prom with the man-stealing Gloria. Do you remember your high school prom? Was it anything like this historic prom? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy a rare slice of Rock and Roll history.
Alan Freed's Rock 'n Roll Jubilee of Stars
The Moon Dog House
Bert Conway and Jacqueline Kerr
Cirino and the Bowties
Fran Manfred and Tuesday Weld
Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers
Jack Collins and Bert Conway
Jack Collins and Tuesday Weld
Jack Collins and Tuesday Weld
Jacqueline Kerr, Bert Conway, Eleanor Swayne
Jimmy Cavallo and His House Rockers
Johnny Burnette Trio
La Verne Baker
Teddy Randazzo and Tuesday Weld
Tuesday Weld and Teddy Randazzo
Tuesday Weld and Fran Manfred
Tuesday Weld and Jacqueline Kerr