By Otto Fuchs
On April twelfth 1954, invoice Haley & His Comets created the "National Anthem Of young ones" (Lillian Roxon) with "Rock round the Clock", - the track which grew to become the best-selling rock unmarried of all time. It used to be no longer till July sixth 1954 while Elvis Presley minimize his first disc - "That's all right" - which turned just a neighborhood hit in Memphis. through the comparable yr, invoice Haley & His Comets acquired their first gold checklist for his or her million-seller "Shake, Rattle & Roll" and scored with "Dim Dim the lighting fixtures" within the Pop and Rhythm & Blues Charts. Bo Diddley used to be a 12 months clear of scoring his first hit. an identical utilized to Chuck Berry. blood brother Holly was once 16 and twiddling with college buddy Bob Montgomery as a Western swing duo. Little Richard did a number of ordinary jobs, while fat Domino didn't swap his New Orleans R&B to a extra mainstream rock & roll method until eventually 1955. final yet no longer least, Jerry Lee Lewis used to be nonetheless appearing kingdom tune 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 continually thundering beat, used to be brought around the world within the field workplace spoil teenage drama "Blackboard Jungle" starring Glenn Ford and a tender Sidney Poitier. This movie used to be the ignition for "Rock round the Clock" turning into synonymous with rock & roll. With revenues now exceeding 200,000,000 copies, it was once recorded through greater than 500 artists in 32 assorted languages. It has additionally been featured in forty movies and, in fact, because the identify song to the television sequence "Happy Days"
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Bill Haley - The Father Of Rock & Roll: The Rise of Bill Haley by Otto Fuchs