Alan Freed


Biography

Alan Freed produced music that was featured in many Hollywood productions. In his early acting career, Freed appeared in such films as "Don't Knock the Rock" (1956), "Rock Around the Clock" (1956) and "Mister Rock and Roll" (1957). He also appeared in "Go, Johnny, Go!" (1959). In the eighties, Freed's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like the Sandy D...

Biography

Alan Freed produced music that was featured in many Hollywood productions. In his early acting career, Freed appeared in such films as "Don't Knock the Rock" (1956), "Rock Around the Clock" (1956) and "Mister Rock and Roll" (1957). He also appeared in "Go, Johnny, Go!" (1959). In the eighties, Freed's music continued to appear on the silver screen, including in films like the Sandy Dennis dramatic adaptation "Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" (1982), the Dan Monahan comedy "Porky's II: The Next Day" (1983) and the Gene Hackman drama "Twice in A Lifetime" (1985). Freed's music was also featured in the crime feature "Goodfellas" (1990) with Robert De Niro, the comedy "Book of Love" (1991) with Keith Coogan and "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002). Freed's music was most recently featured in "Brooklyn's Finest" (2010) with Richard Gere.

Life Events

Photo Collections

Go, Johnny, Go! - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Go, Johnny, Go! (1959), starring Alan Freed, Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens, and Eddie Cochran. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

Videos

Movie Clip

Rock Around The Clock (1956) - The Great Pretender Introduced by Alan Freed, with Tony Williams singing lead and Zola Taylor among supporters, The Platters perform their first number one hit, written by their manager Buck Ram, in the Sam Katzman rock'n'roll showcase, Rock Around The Clock, 1956.
Go, Johnny, Go! - Little Queenie Chuck Berry in his one straight-up performance in the film, his Little Queenie, with DJ buddy and the man behind the movie, Alan Freed, on drums, in Go, Johnny, Go!, 1959.
Rock Rock Rock! (1956) - You Can't Catch Me Alan Freed introduces the mighty Chuck Berry, who was already 30 at the time, with his somewhat lesser hit You Can't Catch Me, one of many rock star cameos in Rock Rock Rock!, 1956.
Rock Rock Rock! (1956) - I Never Had A Sweetheart Tuesday Weld (as "Dori"), age 13, in her first scene in her first movie, chatting with "Arabella" (Fran Manfred) and borrowing Connie Francis' voice, for I Never Had A Sweetheart, in Rock Rock Rock, 1956.
Rock Rock Rock! (1956) - I Knew From The Start From his TV-Show-within-a-movie, DJ Alan Freed introduces The Moonglows, Bobby Lester with the lead vocal on the B-side I Knew From The Start, in Rock Rock Rock!, 1956.
Go, Johnny, Go! - Jackie Wilson Julie (Sandy Stewart) and Johnny (Jimmy Clanton) are interrupted by Jackie Wilson, performing his hit You'd Better Know It, in DJ Alan Freed's rock'n'roll talent showcase Go, Johnny, Go!, 1959.
Go, Johnny, Go! - Memphis, Tennessee Aspiring rocker Johnny (Jimmy Clanton) and girlfriend Julie (Sandy Stewart) watch Chuck Berry on TV performing his Memphis, Tennessee, in Alan Freed's Go, Johnny Go!, 1959.
Go, Johnny, Go! - Open, Title Song Chuck Berry in an everything-but-head shot, performing his hit song used as the movie title, in Alan Freed's rock'n'roll showcase Go, Johnny, Go!, 1959, featuring Eddie Cochran, Jackie Wilson and Ritchie Valens.
Go, Johnny, Go! - Ritchie Valens Casually introduced by Chuck Berry and Alan Freed (playing themselves), young Ricardo Valenzuela (a.k.a. Ritchie Valens) performs his own Ooh My Head, in Go, Johnny, Go!, 1959.

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