William John Clifton Haley better known as "Bill Haley" enough said really, as this legend rocked the dance halls of the 1950's like no other Rocker could. He was known for his signature distinctive slit-curl hairstyle which created a cult for all Rockers hairstyles during that period or rebellion! During the Labor Day weekend in 1953, he named his band Bill Haley with Haley's Comets (inspired by a popular mispronunciation of Halley's Comet), and in 1953, Haley's recording of 'Crazy Man, Crazy' became the first rock and roll song to hit the American charts. Soon after, the band's name was revised to Bill Haley and His Comets. In 1953, a song entitled 'Rock Around the Clock' was written for Haley. Initially, it was relatively unsuccessful, but Haley soon scored a major worldwide hit with a cover version of Big Joe Turner's 'Shake, Rattle and Roll', which went on to sell a million copies and became the first ever rock 'n' roll song to enter the British singles charts in December 1954. Haley and his band were important in launching the music known as 'rock 'n' roll' to a wider audience after years of it being considered an underground movement. When 'Rock Around the Clock' appeared behind the opening credits of the 1953 film Blackboard Jungle starring Glenn Ford, it soared to the top of the American Billboard charts for eight weeks, launching a musical revolution that opened the doors for the likes of Elvis Presley. 'Rock Around the Clock' was the first record ever to sell over one mission copies in both Britain and Germany and, in 1957, Haley became the first major American rock singer to tour Europe. Haley continued to score hits throughout the 1950s such as 'See You Later, Alligator' and he starred in the first rock 'n' roll musical movies 'Rock Around the Clock' and 'Don't Knock the Rock', both in 1956.
Tracklisting: 1. Shake, Rattle and Roll. 2. Razzle Dazzle. 3. Rudy's Rock (from the film "Rock Around the Clock"). 4. Saints Rock and Roll. 5. See You Later, Alligator. 6. Rock Around the Clock. 7. Rock This Joint. 8. Me and Bobby McGhee. 9. Rock a Beating Boogie. 10. Rip It Up. 11. Mal Gray Comes On As A Guest And Sings: The Promised Land. 12. Saints Rock and Roll (Reprise).