Rock Around the Clock
"Rock Around the Clock
" is a pop song from 1954
recorded by Bill Haley & the Comets
and contender for the title of first rock and roll record
. The lyrics were based on numerous blues
tunes about romantic prowess by the hour, but in Haley's hands they took on a more innocent teenage atmosphere of dancing all night long.
Although it was first released in 1954, it was not until "Rock Around the Clock" was used under the titles of the film "Blackboard Jungle" in 1955 that the song truly took off. It was strong, simple, and loud, and you could dance to it.
The record producer was Milt Gabler, and the song was credited to "Jimmy DeKnight", although the actual authorship is disputed.
- A tribute to "Rock Around the Clock", presenting much background information, including lists of cover versions.
- The main subject of the film "Blackboard Jungle" is juvenile delinquency in urban schools, but there is a sub-theme of rock and roll supplanting jazz. An idealistic teacher brings in his precious collection of jazz 78s to show to the class but they hate the music and smash it.