Rock Around the Clock: BILL HALEY AND HIS COMETS

Australian singles chart:
(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock originally entered the Kent charts on 30 July 1955 and was a #1 hit. A re-release entered the Kent charts on 16 May 1964 and peaked at #4. It was the #2 song on the Top 100 of 1955, and the #35 song on the Top 100 of 1964.

The song was on Rock Around the Clock released in 1956, which became the first hit LP of the rock ‘n roll genre in Australia. Rock Around the Clock again entered the Kent album charts on 15 March 1971 and peaked at #22.

While it was not the first rock and roll record, it is widely considered to be the song that, more than any other, brought rock and roll into mainstream culture around the world.
Rock Around the Clock was included in the film The Blackboard Jungle, making the recording an anthem for rebellious 1950s youth.
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The term “Rock ‘n’ Roll” was a relatively new way of describing music when this came out. A lot of early “rock” was based on the blues, and was far too racy for most white listeners. Many white singers made careers out of sanitizing R&B records for pop appeal, but Haley added a country/swing element to his covers that kept a lot of the edge. When Elvis came along, he did the same thing, transforming R&B songs like Hound Dog without sucking the life out of them.
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