Rock On – David Essex

Australian Charts:
Rock On peaked at no 9 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 16 February 1974.

The lyric pays homage to early rock-and-roll and its surrounding youth subculture, and notably to 1950s rebel James Dean. This song also makes reference to “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins and “Summertime Blues” by Eddie Cochran.
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David Essex wrote this to play at the end of the 1973 movie That’ll Be The Day, where he played a working-class, aspiring rocker in pre-Beatles England. Essex spent much of the ’60s making unsuccessful recordings, but did far better as an actor, landing the role of Jesus in the London production of Godspell in 1971. This earned him the role of Jim MacLaine in That’ll Be The Day, in which he starred along with Ringo Starr and Keith Moon.
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