Australian singles charts:
Rock On entered the Kent charts on 29 October 1973 and peaked at #8. The song was #39 on the Top 100 of 1974.
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Rock On 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.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_On_(song)
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.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/david-essex/rock-on
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