By Otto Fuchs

The hoopla surrounding the purported 50th anniversary of rock & roll did not particularly ring actual. invoice Haley may need lobbied for 2001 ... fifty years after he'd lined Rocket '88'; or 2002 ... fifty years after he'd recorded Rock The Joint; or 2003 ... fifty years after he broke into the pop charts with loopy guy loopy, a checklist that healthy each criterion of rock 'n' roll. yet, after all, invoice Haley acknowledged no longer a notice; he had died overlooked and on my own at the Mexican border in 1981, or even on the time of his loss of life he was once brooding about why he'd be written out of the story." (Colin Escott, Nashville)

On April twelfth 1954, invoice Haley & His Comets created the "National Anthem Of young children" (Lillian Roxon) with "Rock round the Clock", - the music which turned the best-selling rock unmarried of all time. It used to be no longer until eventually July sixth 1954 while Elvis Presley reduce his first disc - "That's o.k." - which grew to become just a neighborhood hit in Memphis. throughout the similar 12 months, invoice Haley & His Comets acquired 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. an identical utilized to Chuck Berry. blood brother Holly used to be 16 and twiddling with college pal Bob Montgomery as a Western swing duo. Little Richard did a number of unusual jobs, while fat Domino didn't swap his New Orleans R&B to a extra mainstream rock & roll technique until eventually 1955. final yet no longer least, Jerry Lee Lewis was once nonetheless appearing state 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, was once brought all over the world within the field place of work ruin 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 by way of greater than 500 artists in 32 assorted languages. It has additionally been featured in forty films and, in fact, because the name song to the television sequence "Happy Days"

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