Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Seeds Of The Rock Era Are Planted

Inside The Rock Era is getting set to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Rock Era.  Truth be told, we have been celebrating it all year, and this website is the place to be for all of the festivities!
But on July 9, 1955, something occurred that had never happened before.  To the consternation of many adults, a rock and roll song hit #1 on the music chart that day.  Sure, there had been many rock songs prior to that, but until "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley & the Comets, rock & roll had always been in the background, and not in the national consciousness, and certainly not in the world consciousness. 
"Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley & the Comets changed all that, and thus changed culture and the course of history.  Teenage ears from all over the United States perked up at the new sound.  They couldn't get enough of it--they listened to it, they requested it in droves on the radio, they bought the 45, and God forbid, they started dancing to it. 

Ironically enough, the song had been a flop the year before when released.  But "Rock Around The Clock" got a new lease on life when it was included in the movie Blackboard Jungle, which was released March 19, 1955.

At Inside The Rock Era, we try to convey an historical sense to the music and the artists that we have come to love and that have indeed served as the soundtrack to our lives.  Today, May 7, is a big deal.  For on this date, and based on the hullabaloo the song was creating in theatres, "Rock Around The Clock" was re-released as a single.

And the rest, as they say, is history...  

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