Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Not your grandma's foxtrot
Bill Haley's "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" became the No. 1 song on this day in 1955 and stayed there for eight revolutionary weeks. Good golly Miss Molly!
Originally recorded by Sonny Dae (we once knew a weather forecaster by that name) and his Nights, Haley took the song and pretty much ripped the balls off it. But it wasn't until producers of Blackboard Jungle decided to include it in the movie that the song became an anthem for American youth.
Not even the record company knew what to call the song it pressed on the other side of Haley's single "Thirteen Women." Decca called it a Foxtrot with "Vocal Chorus by Bill Haley."
Rock 'n' roll and dacron polyester were born in the same year. What do you make of it?