Jesse Belvin

Jesse Belvin: Mr Easy currently in review at American Black Film Festival.
Jesse Belvin: Mr Easy reaches second round of review at Dances With Films.

International Film Festival Tour
Official Selection at the SDBFF and Nominated for ‘Best Short Film 2014′

Awarded Finalist for National Short Film Competition – USA Film Festival

Less than three weeks before the first anniversary of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, and some 32 years before a presidential candidate named William Jefferson Clinton made it one of America’s most famous small towns, Hope, Arkansas was the site of a horrific car accident.   Jesse Belvin, a major figure and prolific songwriter & singer in the R&B industry and most known for writing Earth Angel, Goodnight My Love, and Guess Who lost his life at the tender age of 27. He had become a full-fledged pop star, after years of immense popularity on the West Coast, particularly in Los Angeles, where he was considered a superstar.

Jesse wrote one of the biggest hits of the 1950’s “Earth Angel” for The Penguines in 1955 and his recording of “Goodnight My Love” was used by Dick Clark as the closing theme for “American Bandstand” for several years.  Jesse was a Grammy Nominee at the inaugural 1959 Grammy Awards, where he was nominated for Best Male Vocal Performance, up against the likes of Frank Sinatra, Harry Belefonte, Bobby Darin and Robert Merrill for his song “Goodnight My Love” and Best Rhythm & Blues Performance for the same song “Goodnight My Love” up against legends such as Elvis Presley, The Coasters and Nat King Cole.