Michael J. Fox Learned How To Play Johnny B. Goode for Back To The Future Pinheads Cover

Back To The Future ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

By now who hasn’t seen this movie? If you haven’t, then rush to your watchlists and put this badboy on there. Thank us later. It’s like one of the most perfect comedies every made. And to think the story dabbles in one of the worst cliches ever: time travel — well, that’s another plus.

Talk about method acting. Michael J. Fox wanted the guitar playing of Johnny B. Goode to be authentic in Back To The Future, so he learned how to really play it on the guitar so the fingerings would be authentic.

Marty’s singing voice was that of Mark Campbell, member of the soul and R&B band Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Campbell wasn’t credited as the production crew wanted to fully make the illusion that Fox was singing, but music supervisor Bones Howe made sure Campbell got a small percentage of the soundtrack revenue as compensation. As for Marty’s amazing guitar skills, they were achieved through two methods. First, Fox was taught how to play the song by Paul Hanson, and Fox shared with Empire that he told Zemeckis he could cut to his hands any time he wanted as he knew how to play. The second step was syncing Fox playing with the actual music, and so Tim May was brought in to record the guitar. Although it would have been somewhat logical to have Paul Hanson play the guitar as well, the crew went with May instead, though Hanson still took part in the movie as The Pinheads’ bass guitarist.

Who Really Sings (& Plays) Johnny B. Goode In Back To The Future

It cracks me up that Huey Lewis, who was big in the 80s, was one of the teachers judging the music talent. Spoiler alert: the Pinheads did not make the cut because they were just “too darn loud.”

Love it. Fellow guitarist readers will note that yes, Michael J. Fox is hitting the wammy bar at just the right time in this “Power of Love” jam too.