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Encyclopedia > Don't Knock the Rock

Don't Knock the Rock was a 1956 rock and roll film starring Alan Dale as a rock star who returns to his hometown to rest up for the summer only to find that rock and roll has been banned there by disapproving adults. With the help of disc jockey Alan Freed and film headliners Bill Haley and His Comets, they set out to prove that the music isn't as bad as adults think. 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Alan Dale (July 9, 1926-April 20, 2002) was a singer of traditional popular and rocknroll music. ... Alan Freed (December 15, 1922 – January 20, 1965) was an American disc-jockey (DJ), who became internationally known for promoting African-American Rhythm and Blues (R&B) music on the radio in the United States and Europe under the name of Rock and Roll. ... The original members of Bill Haley and His Comets, c. ...

Co-starring in the film was Little Richard, The Treniers, the energetic R&B combo who recorded what are regarded as several of the first rock and roll recordings and recorded the first version of "Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie" (which Bill Haley wrote), which Haley later claimed inspired Alan Freed to coin the term "rock and roll", and Philadelphia's Dave Appell and the Applejacks, who were the house band for the famed Cameo-Parkway Records and led by guitarist Appell who produced, arranged, and co-wrote many Cameo-Parkway hits during the early 1960s including "Let's Twist Again," "Wild One," "Bristol Stomp," "Mashed Potato Time" and "South Street." Little Richard on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, (issue RS 58, May 28, 1970) Little Richard (born Richard Wayne Penniman, December 5, 1932 in Macon, Georgia) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist, and an early African-American pioneer of rock and roll. ... The Treniers (Cliff and Claude Trenier) played a cross between swing and early rock n roll. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ... Dave Appell (born March 24, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) worked as an arranger and producer in Philadelphia, in the 50s. ... Cameo and its sister label Parkway were a major Philadelphia-based record label. ...

The film was an immediate follow-up to the earlier Rock Around the Clock, which had also starred Haley and Freed. Although Haley and the Comets were the top-billed stars of this film, their role in it was relatively minor and the film failed to duplicate the box office success of its predecessor. Today it is mostly remembered for introducing Little Richard to a mass audience. Dancers Earl Barton and Lisa Gaye take the stage in Rock Around the Clock as Bill Haley and His Comets play in the background. ...

The title of the film comes from one of Haley's hit records of 1956. The Haley recording is played over the opening credits, but in the film it is Alan Dale who actually performs the number.

Don't Knock the Rock is often listed in reference books as being a 1957 release, due to it receiving its US premiere in mid-December 1956. 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Songs performed in the movie

  1. "Don't Knock the Rock" - Bill Haley and His Comets
  2. "I Cry More" - Alan Dale
  3. "You're Just Right" - Dale
  4. "Hot Dog Buddy Buddy" - Haley
  5. "Goofin' Around" - Haley
  6. "Hook, Line And Sinker" - Haley
  7. "Applejack" - Dave Appell and the Applejacks
  8. "Your Love Is My Love" - Dale
  9. "Calling All Comets" - Haley
  10. "Out Of The Bushes" - The Treniers
  11. "Rip It Up" - Haley
  12. "Rocking On Saturday Night" - Treniers
  13. "Gonna Run" - Dale
  14. "Long Tall Sally" - Little Richard
  15. "Tutti-Frutti" - Richard
  16. "Country Dance" - Appell
  17. "Don't Knock the Rock" - Dale

The version of the guitar instrumental "Goofin' Around" performed in this film differs from the version released on Decca Records; it has yet to be officially issued although a film audio recording of the scene in which it was played (as opposed to the original studio recording) was released in the late 1990s by the German label Hydra Records. Due to sheet music for the songs "Applejack" and "Country Dance" being released as a tie-in with this movie but with Bill Haley's, not Dave Appell's, photo on the cover, these songs, although Haley-sounding, are often erronously cited as Bill Haley recordings. Rip It Up is a bi-monthly New Zealand music magazine. ... Decca Records is a British record label established in 1929. ... Sheet music is written representation of music. ...

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