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Rock America

1955 Cowboy Jive Rocked Conservative America


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.


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

Wiki bio

This cool guy saved the life of a music legend

Folk singer John Baldry was born on this day, January 12, 1941, and the world of music thanks him from the bottom of its collective heart.

If “Long John” Baldry — he was 6-feet-7 — had never been born, an unknown pianist named Reggie Dwight might have been doomed.

Back in 1969, keyboard musician Reginald Dwight was engaged to be married to a young woman. There was one problem. Dwight was secretly gay. In those days the closet door was firmly closed.

Male homosexuality was a criminal offense in Britain until 1967 — punishable by forced medication and/or jail time.


As the wedding day approached Dwight was torn up inside and sank into a deep depression. He tried to kill himself.

Enter Dwight’s pals, singer John Baldry, who was also gay, and lyricist Bernie Taupin. They told their friend to admit his true sexuality and call off the wedding.

Taupin and Baldry and Elton john
Reg Dwight and Bernie Taupin

Dwight told his fiancée, Linda Woodrow, the truth and the wedding was cancelled. Dwight later changed his name to include part of Baldry’s, and the rest, as they say, is history.

🎵 ’Saved in time, thank God my music’s still alive’ 🎵

The “someone” in Elton John’s 1975 hit “Someone Saved My Life Tonight,” which was written by Taupin, is Long John Baldry — Sugar Bear in the song.


John Baldry, who died on July 21, 2005, was known as a pioneer in the British blues-rock scene in the 1960s.

He started out as a folk singer, touring Europe with American Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and formed a couple of different bands, one with the afore-mentioned Reg Dwight on keyboard, and another with a guy named Rod Stewart.

Rod Stewart and John Baldry, back when.

Baldry’s one big hit was “Let the Heartaches Begin,” which went to No. 1 on the British charts in 1967. This is one sweet song.


When John Baldry died in Vancouver, Canada, on July 21, 2005 at the age of 64, Rod Stewart was at his bedside.


Elton John did not publicly come out as gay until 1988.

Linda Woodrow later moved to America, got married and had three children.

John Baldry Wikibio HERE