Bill Haley And His Comets Release “Rock Around The Clock”-The First Rock And Roll Song To Go To #1-This Day 1954

On this day in 1954 Bill Haley and his Comets released “Rock Around The Clock” which would become the first rock and roll record to reach #1 on the American Billboard charts. It wouldn’t be until the song was in the movie “The Blackboard Jungle” in 1955 that it became the big hit. They were looking to include a song that represented what the youth were into at the time and Glenn Ford one of the stars of the movie borrowed a few singles from his son’s record collection. One of them was “Rock Around The Clock.” This was Bill Haley’s moment in the sun. His career didn’t amount to much afterwards. Bill Haley died in 1981 at the age of 55. I understand the significance but I never cared at all for it. It makes me think of that dreadful 1970’s television show “Happy Days.”

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One response to “Bill Haley And His Comets Release “Rock Around The Clock”-The First Rock And Roll Song To Go To #1-This Day 1954

  1. I remember seeing the movie when it came out – I was scared when all the Teddy Boys got up with their girls and started jitterbugging in the aisles – and this is in Scotland of all places.

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