On July 9, 1955, the Bill Haley and the Comets recording hit the top spot. Although it was an amazing feat, rock historian Jim Dawson says the fact the song was even recorded is even more astonishing.
Dawson, author of a new book called Rock Around The Clock (Backbeat Books), says the song was popular in Haleys stage act but everyone considered it a B-side at best.
In fact, producer Milt Gabler Billy Crystals uncle only set aside enough time for two takes and one of those was almost ruined because the band was louder than Haley.
But while Rock Around The Clock is one of the biggest hits of all time, Dawson says Haley never fully appreciated its significance and alienated his biggest fans teenagers by trying to appease their parents.
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