rock 'n roll movies produced in the late 50s
and early 60s. This one starred legendary
DJ/promoter Alan Freed and featured
teen pop idol Jimmy Clanton whom
you'll see in the following clip.
before Clanton gained a top 5 hit with
"Go, Jimmy, Go." The musical lineup
of the film included Jo Ann Campbell.
In this scene Jo Ann takes the stage
scene from June 1959
film Go, Johnny Go!)
single "Beach Comber." On the B side
of that platter is a cute novelty ditty
with male and female spoken parts.
It's a familiar theme in early 60s
teen pop songs: "I Ain't Got
No Steady Date."
Jo Ann waxed "Kookie Little Paradise."
It's yet another novelty 45 and begins
with the sound of Tarzan's ape call.
"Kookie Little Paradise" was one
of only three Jo Ann Campbell
singles to make the chart.
rocker that used sound effects.
Meet "Motorcycle Michael."
1961 single which paid tribute to
rockabilly star Duane Eddy
and his twangy guitar.
B side of "Mama Don't Wait")
quick and dirty "jukebox" movies.
craze and starred Joey Dee and the
Starliters. The flick featured singing
and acting performances by Jo Ann.
Hey, Let's Twist marked the acting
debut of Joe Pesci, then only 18.
takes the stage, turned heads and begs
"Let Me Do My Twist." The boys in the
Peppermint Lounge were only
too happy to oblige.
Hey, Let's Twist!)
CRANK IT UP LOUD!
and guitar player Troy Seals, brother of
Jim Seals of Seals and Crofts, Dan Seals
of England Dan and John Ford Coley, and
Brady Seals of Little Texas/Hot Apple Pie.
Jo Ann & Troy recorded a couple of duets
together and in 1965 were regulars on
Dick Clark's Where The Action Is.
Soon after Jo Ann retired from
the music scene to focus
on raising a family.
ballads and novelty ditties with
in particular are what I consider to be
shockingly good given the fact that
not one of those 14 sides reached
the chart. It's typical that I like
Jo Ann's uncharted records
more than her hits.
was a real "Gone" gal.
not be forgotten.