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1955 Cowboy Jive Rocked Conservative America

BILL HALEY’S ROCK ANTHEM FOR 1950s YOUTH

Remembering Bill Haley, the guy who shook up 1950s conservative white America with Rock Around the Clock, died on February 9, 1981, at the age of 55.

The song was considered by parents to be a bad influence on their kids, as exemplified when it was used as the title track of the juvenile delinquent movie The Blackboard Jungle.

Movie poster

Originally recorded by Sunny Dae in 1952, Bill Haley’s version had modest sales until the movie turned it into a megahit, topping the Billboard charts in the U.S. and the U.K.

Bill Haley and His Comets “combined black rhythm and blues, country western and western swing and came up with what they called cowboy jive” — now known as Rock ‘n Roll.

The song was written in 1952 in a 12-bar blues format by Max Freedman and James Myers (under Jimmy De Knight) in 1952.

FULL STORY OF THE SONG HERE

Huge crowd for movie
Crowds swarm theater to see the movie ‘Rock Around the Clock’ in Amsterdam.

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