About the song

Ah, “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley & His Comets. Now that’s a song that needs no introduction… almost. For many, it’s the quintessential rock and roll anthem, a high-octane blast of pure, unadulterated energy that practically begs you to get up and move. But for those who delve a little deeper, “Rock Around the Clock” becomes a fascinating time capsule, a pivotal moment where a new genre, brimming with potential, burst onto the scene and forever changed the course of popular music.

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Bill Haley, a seasoned musician by the time he formed Bill Haley & His Comets in 1952, wasn’t the first to play this new, electrifying style of music. Rhythm and blues, a genre heavily influenced by African American artists, had been simmering for years. But Haley, a white frontman with a smooth, charismatic voice, brought this sound to a wider audience, particularly white teenagers who were hungry for something new and exciting.

“Rock Around the Clock” itself wasn’t even Haley’s biggest hit initially. Released in 1954, it achieved moderate success on the rhythm and blues charts but failed to crack the pop mainstream. However, everything changed in 1955. The film “Blackboard Jungle”, a controversial drama about juvenile delinquency, used “Rock Around the Clock” in its opening credits. The scene, featuring teenagers dancing wildly to the song’s infectious beat, caused a sensation. Parents were horrified, teenagers were enthralled, and “Rock Around the Clock” became a cultural phenomenon.

The song’s impact is undeniable. It became the first rock and roll record to sell over a million copies, topping the Billboard charts for an unprecedented eight weeks. It ignited a firestorm of teenage rebellion, a celebration of youthful energy expressed through the raw power of electric guitars and driving rhythms. “Rock Around the Clock” wasn’t just a song; it was a cultural touchstone.

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But what exactly makes this song so special? Musically, it’s deceptively simple. A driving backbeat from drummer Johnny Dee, a walking bass line from bassist Alvin Francis, and the unmistakable twang of Danny Cedrone’s saxophone create a foundation that’s both solid and dynamic. Bill Haley’s vocals, clear and powerful, deliver the lyrics with an infectious enthusiasm. The lyrics themselves are pure, unadulterated fun. “We’re gonna rock around the clock tonight,” Haley declares, and you can’t help but believe him. It’s an invitation, a call to arms for anyone who wants to shake off their inhibitions and lose themselves in the music.

“Rock Around the Clock” may not be the most complex or sophisticated song ever written. But its simplicity is its strength. It’s a pure distillation of rock and roll’s core elements: energy, rebellion, and the sheer joy of movement. It’s a song that transcends generations, a reminder of the power of music to ignite a cultural revolution and make the world move a little bit faster. So, put on your dancing shoes, crank up the volume, and prepare to be rocked around the clock.

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Lyrics

“Rock Around The Clock”

One, two, tree o’clock, four o’clock rock
Five, six, seven o’clock, eight o’clock rock
Nine, ten, eleven o’clock, twelve o’clock rock
We’re gonna rock around the clock tonight

Put your glad rags on, join me, hon
We’ll have some fun while the clock strikes one
We’re gonna rock around the clock tonight
We’re gonna rock, rock, rock ’till broad daylight
We’re gonna rock, gonna rock around the clock tonight

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When the clock strikes two or tree and four
If the band slows down we’ll yell for more
We’re gonna rock around the clock tonight
We’re gonna rock, rock, rock ’till broad daylight
We’re gonna rock gonna rock around the clock tonight

When the chimes ring five, six and seven
We’ll be right in seventh heaven
We’re gonna rock around the clock tonight
We’re gonna rock, rock, rock, ’till broad daylight
We’re gonna rock, gonna rock, around the clock tonight

When it’s eight, nine, ten, eleven too
I’ll be goin’ strong and so will you
We’re gonna rock around the clock tonight
We’re gonna rock, rock, rock, ’till broad daylight
We’re gonna rock, gonna rock, around the clock tonight

When the clock strikes twelve, we’ll cool off then
Start a rockin’ round the clock again
We’re gonna rock around the clock tonight
We’re gonna rock, rock, rock, ’till broad daylight
We’re gonna rock, gonna rock, around the clock tonight