On January 7th, 1955 Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets entered the UK charts for the first time.
Generally regarded as the biggest-selling vinyl rock and roll single of all time the record has achieved over 25 million sales.
Prior to its UK success the song set the US charts alight, hitting number 1 in 1954. It then became the anthem for rebellious youth after it was included in the 1955 film, “Blackboard Jungle”.
In 2018, to cement its place in popular culture, Rock Around the Clock was selected for preservation in America’s National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being, “culturally, historically or artistically significant.”
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