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Go, Johnny, Go!

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Jimmy Clanton in Go, Johnny, Go! (1959, Admit One) — Despite his deserved status as a footnote to rock history (his only hit: 1958’s “Just a Dream”), Clanton was one of the few faux Presleys with any talent. He was also goofy-looking, which may explain why this fictionalized account of his discovery by legendary deejay Alan Freed devotes more time to great musical numbers by Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran, and Jackie Wilson than to its nominal star. B+

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