Monday, July 4, 2005

‘Rock Around The Clock’ Turns 50 (July 9)

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Saturday (Jul. 9) marks the 50th anniversary of a day that truly rocked the world – the day that “Rock Around The Clock” became the first rock song to hit No. 1 on the charts.

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 Haley’s stage act but everyone considered it a B-side at best.

In fact, producer Milt Gabler – Billy Crystal’s 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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