Bill Haley and His Comets – Rock Around the Clock (1955)

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“Rock Around the Clock” is a rock and roll song written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers (the latter under the pseudonym “Jimmy De Knight”) in 1952. The most successful performance was recorded by Bill Haley and his kites in 1954 for American Decca. It was number one on the US and UK charts.

Haley’s recording became a hymn for the young rebels of the 1950s. “Rock Around the Clock” is ranked 158 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Best Songs of All Time.

Originally the song was titled “Let’s Rock Around the Clock Tonight!”. Most other recordings further shorten this title to “Rock Around the Clock”.

‘Rock Around The Clock’: Bill Haley Starts The Rock Clock Ticking

It’s one of those musical oddities. ‘(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock,’ the record widely held to have brought rock ‘n’ roll to Britain, didn’t even get near the UK top ten first time around, and the man delivering this vital message of teenage rebellion, Bill Haley, was already nearly 30 years old at the time.

Bill Haley and the Comets record “Rock Around The Clock”

On April 12, 1954- Bill Haley and His Comets recorded “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock.” If rock and roll was a social and cultural revolution, then “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock” was its Declaration of Independence. And if Bill Haley was not exactly the revolution’s Thomas Jefferson, it may be fair to call him its John Hancock.

Bill Haley & His Comets

Bill Haley & His Comets were an American rock and roll band, founded in 1952 and continued until Haley’s death in 1981. The band was also known as Bill Haley and the Comets and Bill Haley’s Comets (and variations thereof).

Bill Haley: Rock Around the Clock – the world’s first rock anthem

In January 1955, Britain must have felt like it was finally emerging from the second world war: rationing had ended just a few months earlier, and the country had celebrated Christmas by sending Winifred Atwell’s pub piano medley Let’s Have Another Party to the top of the charts.

The 100 greatest UK No 1s: 100-1

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Bill Haley and His Comets – Rock Around the Clock (1955)

One, two, three o’clock, four o’clock, rock
Five, six, seven o’clock, eight o’clock, rock
Nine, ten, eleven o’clock, twelve o’clock, rock
We’re gonna rock around the clock tonight

Put your glad rags on and join me, hon’
We’ll have some fun when the clock strikes one
We’re gonna rock around the clock tonight
We’re gonna rock, rock, rock, ’til broad daylight
We’re gonna rock, gonna rock, around the clock tonight

When the clock strikes two, three and four
If the band slows down we’ll yell for more
We’re gonna rock around the clock tonight
We’re gonna rock, rock, rock, ’til broad daylight
We’re gonna rock, gonna rock, around the clock tonight

When the chimes ring five, six and seven
We’ll be right in seventh heaven
We’re gonna rock around the clock tonight
We’re gonna rock, rock, rock, ’til broad daylight
We’re gonna rock, gonna rock, around the clock tonight

When it’s eight, nine, ten, eleven too
I’ll be goin’ strong and so will you
We’re gonna rock around the clock tonight
We’re gonna rock, rock, rock, ’til broad daylight
We’re gonna rock, gonna rock, around the clock tonight

When the clock strikes twelve, we’ll cool off then
Start a rockin’ round the clock again
We’re gonna rock around the clock tonight
We’re gonna rock, rock, rock, ’til broad daylight
We’re gonna rock, gonna rock, around the clock tonight

Rock Around the Clock

” Rock Around the Clock” is a rock and roll song in the 12-bar blues format written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers (the latter being under the pseudonym “Jimmy De Knight”) in 1952. The best-known and most successful rendition was recorded by Bill Haley & His Comets in 1954 for American Decca.

Bill Haley

William John Clifton Haley (; July 6, 1925 – February 9, 1981) was a pioneering American rock and roll musician. He is credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950’s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets and million-selling hits such as ” Rock Around the Clock”, ” See You Later, Alligator”, ” Shake, Rattle and Roll”, ” Rocket 88″, ” Skinny Minnie”, and “Razzle Dazzle”.

https://www.history-of-rock.com/haley.htm