Gary: “This documentary, made in 1984, won many awards. It is 58 minutes long and maybe one the best looks at early Rock and Roll and it’s history. Most of the facts are accurate. Enjoy
The idea of doing this post about Rock and Roll movies was prompted by one of my favourite email followers in Bellingham, Washington. This lady loved the post I did on American Graffiti and requested more. I will look at what Hollywood did to take advantage of Rock and Roll and just what movies were worth watching, because most were just bad.
Well, in the Fifties, there were some pretty bad movies. The music was new, Hollywood just did not have a clue, but they were aware of what a Cash Cow they had so the machine in Hollywood produced some really bad flicks. They all had the same theme and just had stars of the day lip syncing to their songs.
Now, they were not all bad, ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ was not bad and ‘Jailhouse Rock’ with Elvis was pretty good. The biographies, of course came many years later after some of the Stars had left us.
Now the biographies, at times, were really not that accurate, but the music was great, and really that’s what it was all about. I not sure how to go about this, but I own a library of these movies, so I will just look at some of the ones that I particularly enjoyed. Now that does not make them the best – just movies I enjoyed. I am very aware that everyone is going to have their favourites, so if you leave comments, I will look at them and try and put your favourites in a post.
It won one Academy Award for Musical Score
It probably was Gary Busey’s only great performance, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.
Everyone played there own instruments and did their own singing. Busey lost 32 lbs for the Roll.
So Logically the next movie that I will look at would be about Richard Steven Valenzuela or Ritchie Valens. Just to keep things up to date, “Donna” or Donna Ludwig or Donna Ludwig Fox, is still alive lives in Sacramento California and has two daughters.
The next movie will be of someone who is still with us, although he just about ended his career very early by marrying his 2nd cousin who was 13 at the time. The problem with that scenario was that, in Louisiana it was an accepted practice and she should have never been allowed to accompany Jerry Lee to England and it’s Puritanical outlook, remember we are talking about 1958.
The movie introduced us to Winona Ryder who won the Young Artist Award. Jerry Lee was played by Dennis Quaid who is a piano player, he played, but Jerry Lee supported him, a lot.