A man losing his eyesight wants to report what he believes was a murder 54 years earlier in 1953. The murder victim was an 18-year-old boy, Bingo, whose dream of making it big in rock-n-roll was cut short when he was shot. Despite the length of time the case has been cold, the detectives decide to take on the case.
Bingo's uncle, Ed Valentine, owned the five-and-dime where Bingo worked. He appears to be a suspect at first because of his aversion for the wild music Bingo played. Ed's son, JP, was a crooner at the same time Bingo was, but he played traditional music, eschewing the racier rock that was becoming popular. When Bingo got a letter from Bandstand to record new music, he believed he had a chance to be a star. But his jealous cousin JP shot him before he got the chance, hoping to keep his family, and the rest of the world, from changing. In the end, JP makes his confession, and the case is finally closed.