Which song, according to you, was the first Rock ‘n’ Roll record to be recorded? Most people believed that “Rock Around the Clock” was the first song ever recorded in this genre; however, this widespread belief is not valid. In fact, “Rock Around the Clock” record was not even the first Rock song recorded by Bill Haley. However, it is true that “Rock Around the Clock” was the first song that hit #1 rank on the pop charts.
How did rock music come into existence?
The brilliance of Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, and many more, transformed rock music from a novelty and curiosity to a compelling force in the music field. Rock music became cool and mainstream only because of the musical tastes of one teenage boy; otherwise, the Rock music would have disappeared into obscurity.
The least important side of the record
After Bill Haley recorded his song “Rock Around the Clock,” the producer tried to put the song on the B-side of the record, which was the least important side of the record. The B-side of the record is mostly used to put up throwaways, experimental songs, and half-hearted instrumental songs, which means it was just a filler side of the record.
Which song got a place on the A-side of the record?
The song Thirteen Women was the first choice for the A-side over the “Rock Around the Clock” record. Bill Haley and his session band were given only 40 minutes to arrange for the song to get it issued on the A-side of the record, and they created Rock Around the Clock. The band produced the song, which was entirely ready for release within just two takes. Their efforts paid off as the song a legendary record in the future
A little brief about “Thirteen Women”
After the release of the song “Thirteen Women (And Only One Man in Town),” it never even made it to touch the lower reaches of the charts. Also, the song quickly disappeared from the history of the American’s pop-culture. The song would’ve ended if Peter Ford’s father had not come down for the rescue.
Popular actor Glenn Ford, also Peter’s father, decided along with the producer of his upcoming project that the film requires a song that represented what the kids were listening to. So they decided to check on the old record collection of Peter Ford, where he managed to find “Rock Around the Clock.” The song was a perfect match, so the producer set the opening and closing credits to the song.
After the release of the movie, the “Blackboard Jungle” on March 25, 1955, both the film and the song were smashing. The theatres were always packed with the teenage crowd not only to watch the movie but majorly to hear the theme song in the credits.
After the success of the song
After the song gained success, it was reissued on the A-side of the records, and the song hit rock bottom and reached the #1 rank on the charts and stayed at its place over eight weeks. It was the bestselling record of all time, as it sold more than 25 million copies, which were even more than the number of records of any other music genre.