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Mr. Rock n' Roll The Allen Freed Story

Mr. Rock n' Roll The Allen Freed Story

Air Date Rating Share Against the
Sunday, October 31, 1999 6.1 10 4
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  • Season: 1999-2000
  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Drama
  • Category: Movies
  • Subject Matter: Biography, Period Piece, Hollywood/Show Biz, True Story
  • Based On: Big Beat Heat written by John A. Jackson
  • Misc.: Based On Book/Play

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Plot Synopsis

Based on the the book "Big Beat Heat" by John A. Jackson. In 1957, Cleveland radio deejay begins playing "Rock & Roll" on his show and becomes and instant celebrity; introducing R&B acts around the country. In New York he becomes the No. 1 radio personality but his career is ruined by the payola scandal; where he took money from record companies to play only their music. With his family life in shambles and in deep debt, he dies in 1965 at the age of 43.


Production Company:

  • von Zernick/Sertner Films

Production Type:

  • Independent
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