By Otto Fuchs
On April twelfth 1954, invoice Haley & His Comets created the "National Anthem Of children" (Lillian Roxon) with "Rock round the Clock", - the music which turned the best-selling rock unmarried of all time. It used to be now not till July sixth 1954 whilst Elvis Presley reduce his first disc - "That's very well" - which turned just a neighborhood hit in Memphis. throughout the similar 12 months, invoice Haley & His Comets obtained their first gold list for his or her million-seller "Shake, Rattle & Roll" and scored with "Dim Dim the lighting" within the Pop and Rhythm & Blues Charts. Bo Diddley used to be a 12 months clear of scoring his first hit. a similar utilized to Chuck Berry. blood brother Holly was once 16 and twiddling with institution pal Bob Montgomery as a Western swing duo. Little Richard did quite a few atypical jobs, while fat Domino didn't swap his New Orleans R&B to a extra mainstream rock & roll method until eventually 1955. final yet now not least, Jerry Lee Lewis used to be nonetheless appearing kingdom song within the honky tonks of Louisiana.
In 1955, invoice Haley's hugely managed, syncopated refrain of sounds, all pushed by means of a wild, primitive, yet regularly thundering beat, was once brought world wide within the field workplace wreck teenage drama "Blackboard Jungle" starring Glenn Ford and a tender Sidney Poitier. This movie was once the ignition for "Rock round the Clock" changing into synonymous with rock & roll. With revenues now exceeding 200,000,000 copies, it used to be recorded through greater than 500 artists in 32 varied languages. It has additionally been featured in forty films and, after all, because the identify music to the television sequence "Happy Days"
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