By Otto Fuchs
On April twelfth 1954, invoice Haley & His Comets created the "National Anthem Of youngsters" (Lillian Roxon) with "Rock round the Clock", - the track which turned the best-selling rock unmarried of all time. It was once no longer until eventually July sixth 1954 while Elvis Presley reduce his first disc - "That's o.k." - which turned just a neighborhood hit in Memphis. through the related 12 months, invoice Haley & His Comets bought 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 was once a 12 months clear of scoring his first hit. a similar utilized to Chuck Berry. blood brother Holly was once 16 and fiddling with university pal Bob Montgomery as a Western swing duo. Little Richard did a number of unusual jobs, while fat Domino didn't switch his New Orleans R&B to a extra mainstream rock & roll process until eventually 1955. final yet no longer least, Jerry Lee Lewis was once nonetheless acting kingdom tune within the honky tonks of Louisiana.
In 1955, invoice Haley's hugely managed, syncopated refrain of sounds, all pushed via a wild, primitive, yet continually thundering beat, used to be brought world wide within the field place of work wreck teenage drama "Blackboard Jungle" starring Glenn Ford and a tender Sidney Poitier. This movie used to be the ignition for "Rock round the Clock" changing into synonymous with rock & roll. With revenues now exceeding 200,000,000 copies, it was once recorded via greater than 500 artists in 32 varied languages. It has additionally been featured in forty movies and, in fact, because the name tune 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