Rock Around the Clock

Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets was a UK number 1 hit on Friday, January 6, 1956 spending 2 week(s) at the top of the UK charts. There is some dispute over what was the first rock song ever recorded, but this is indisputably the first rock song to top the charts, and generally considered the beginning of the "Rock Era," at least for chart purposes. Haley first recorded this song on April 12, 1954 at his first session for Decca Records. Haley went to New York to cut his first Decca session. Musicians were: Billy Williamson on steel guitar, Johnny Grande on piano, Joey d'Ambrosio on tenor sax, Danny Cedrone on lead guitar and Marshall Lytle on bass. A session drummer, named Billy Gussack played on this recording. Haley recorded the song a few other times, but this recording was the original single. This was the original opening theme song for the TV show Happy Days. The song was re-released in 1974 to capitalize on its new popularity, and charted at #39 in the US. In 1976 theme was changed to "Happy Days." In the UK, this was the biggest-selling single of the '50s.

Rock Around the Clock FAQs

Who sang Rock Around the Clock?

Rock Around the Clock was performed by Bill Haley & His Comets

What year did Rock Around the Clock get to the UK number 1 spot?

Rock Around the Clock first became a UK number 1 on Friday, January 6, 1956

How long was Rock Around the Clock at number 1 in the UK?

Rock Around the Clock spent 2 week(s) at number 1 in the UK.