Bill Haley - The Father Of Rock & Roll: The Rise of Bill by Otto Fuchs

By Otto Fuchs

The hoopla surrounding the purported 50th anniversary of rock & roll did not relatively ring precise. invoice Haley may need lobbied for 2001 ... fifty years after he'd coated 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 list that healthy each criterion of rock 'n' roll. yet, after all, invoice Haley acknowledged no longer a note; he had died ignored and by myself at the Mexican border in 1981, or even on the time of his demise he was once pondering 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 little ones" (Lillian Roxon) with "Rock round the Clock", - the music which grew to become the best-selling rock unmarried of all time. It used to be now not until eventually July sixth 1954 while Elvis Presley lower his first disc - "That's all right" - which grew to become just a neighborhood hit in Memphis. through the related 12 months, invoice Haley & His Comets got 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 was once a 12 months clear of scoring his first hit. an analogous utilized to Chuck Berry. blood brother Holly used to be 16 and fiddling with college good friend Bob Montgomery as a Western swing duo. Little Richard did quite a few ordinary jobs, while fat Domino didn't swap his New Orleans R&B to a extra mainstream rock & roll technique till 1955. final yet no longer least, Jerry Lee Lewis used to be nonetheless acting kingdom song within the honky tonks of Louisiana.

In 1955, invoice Haley's hugely managed, syncopated refrain of sounds, all pushed via a wild, primitive, yet constantly thundering beat, was once brought all over the world within the field place of work destroy 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 by means of greater than 500 artists in 32 varied languages. It has additionally been featured in forty films and, in fact, because the identify music to the television sequence "Happy Days"

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