Family man was rock revolutionary
He was 29, round faced, a little overweight.
Happily married he had a family of five, was insignificant in looks and personality, a typical small town all-American boy.
But on April 12, 1954 he helped change the world.
The place was a recording studio at Pythian Temple, New York City. The man was William John Clifton Haley. The song was Rock Around the Clock.
A month later it hit the record stores and achieved sales of 750,000 before sinking into oblivion.
Then came Shake Rattle and Roll which swept up the charts to Number Seven - and sold a million copies.
On the strength of this record company bosses decided to try again. Back came Rock Around the Clock. It failed.
One year later, though, the story was very different. By then that same record had taken the entire western world by storm. Haley was one of rock's first true superstars.
Written by The Editor - 25/02/2002 16:39:59
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