Rock Around the Clock (album)

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Rock Around the Clock
Compilation album by Bill Haley and His Comets
Released December 19, 1955
Recorded April 12, 1954–September 23, 1955, Pythian Temple studios, 135 West 70th Street, New York City [1][2]
Genre Rock and roll, rockabilly
Length 30:53
Label Decca Records
Producer Milt Gabler
Bill Haley and His Comets chronology
Shake, Rattle and Roll
(1955)
Rock Around the Clock
(1955)
Rock 'n' Roll Stage Show
(1956)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Rock Around the Clock was the third album of rock and roll music by Bill Haley and His Comets. Released by Decca Records in December 1955 it was, like the two albums that preceded it, a compilation album of previously issued singles. Most of the album's contents had in fact been previously issued by Decca earlier in 1955 on the album Shake, Rattle and Roll. Unlike the previous release, which was in the 10-inch format, the new album was a full 12-inch release and included additional tracks from 1955. It was also the first Haley album to make the Billboard charts, and was one of the very first album releases of the rock and roll genre to do so.

The recording was made in the Decca Records studio located in the Pythian Temple in New York City.[2][1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock"   James E. Myers, Max Freedman 2:08
2. "Shake, Rattle and Roll"   Jesse Stone 2:31
3. "A.B.C. Boogie"   Al Russel, Max Spickol 2:29
4. "Thirteen Women (And Only One Man in Town)"   Dickie Thompson 2:53
5. "Razzle-Dazzle"   Charles E. Calhoun 2:43
6. "Two Hound Dogs"   Bill Haley, Frank Pingatore 2:59
7. "Dim, Dim the Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere)"   Beverly Ross, Julius Dixon 2:31
8. "Happy Baby"   Frank Pingatore 2:36
9. "Birth Of The Boogie"   Haley, Billy Williamson, Johnny Grande 2:15
10. "Mambo Rock"   Bix Reichner, Mildred Phillips and Jimmy Ayre 2:38
11. "Burn That Candle"   Winfield Scott 2:46
12. "Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie"   Haley 2:21

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1956 Billboard Pop Albums 12

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1955 "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" Billboard Black Singles 3
1955 "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" Billboard Pop Singles 1
1974 "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" Billboard Pop Singles 39

Re-issue[edit]

The recording was re-issued on 180 Gram vinyl in 2009 by Doxy Music it was manufactured in Europe. Catalogue #DOY613

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Simons, David (2004). Studio Stories - How the Great New York Records Were Made. San Francisco: Backbeat Books.  Cf. pp.168-169.
  2. ^ a b Gray, Christopher (2009-06-18). "An Improbable Cradle of Rock Music". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review