Late July 1955 we were hearing a ton of the HOT new song by Bill Haley & His Comets - 'Rock Around The Clock' -- for you younger boomers, hard to begin to explain how big a deal this song was when it hit.
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and the Comets from American Graffiti. I loved the film. My mother had the double album soundtrack and the songs were my first exposure to 50's music (other than her Elvis records), which I still love.
By the time the U.S.S.R. was in obvious decline, we'd been treated to four decades of apocalypse and post-apocalypse, in movies, television, books, and even music. Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock"— the 1954 song often credited with putting rock 'n' roll on the map—was first issued as the B-side to "Thirteen Women (and Only One Man in Town)," which tells the story of a man who has a dream similar to what happens to Burgess Meredith's bookworm bank-teller in the Twilight Zone…
Not the first rock and roll record, nor the first successful record of the genre, Haley's recording nevertheless became an anthem for rebellious Fifties youth and is widely considered to be the song that, more than any other, brought rock and roll into mainstream culture around the world. The song is ranked No. 158 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.