2020-05-09 19:05:45 UTC
I was also lucky enough to see the rare 1969 concert movie "Keep on Rockin' (Toronto Pop)" in the late 1970s. (It was directed by D.A. Pennebaker. Jerry Lee Lewis also performs!) In the very good 1994 book "Hollywood Rock" by Marshall Crenshaw, the movie is listed under "Sweet Toronto."
L.R. had six other entries in that book. One was the 1957 "Mister Rock and Roll." (It's a fictional story, starring Alan Freed.) There are 12 performers, but the only other ones whose names I recognized were the Moonglows, Lionel Hampton, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, LaVern Baker, and Chuck Berry. One song was "Barcelona Rock."
From Michael Shore's 1987 "Music Video: A Consumer's Guide," about the 1985 documentary "Rock and Roll: The Early Days":
"...one point the tape stresses is the way white, establishment middle America virulently decried rock 'n' roll on one hand, and on the other did all it could to co-opt black R&B hits with appallingly innocuous cover versions by sanctioned Caucasian artists. I mean, you haven't been really sickened until you've seen Pat Boone, his tie loosened to signal 'naughtiness,' desecrating 'Tutti-Frutti' with his namby-pamby uptight reading."