Rock and Roll
Here’s a golden oldies that’s classic rock and roll. The song was written by Louisiana songwriter Robert Charles Guidry. He recorded it in 1955 under his stage name Bobby Charles. Roy Hall, who had written “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” recorded it as well. But Bill Haley and His Comets had the big hit with it in 1956, and their version of the song went to #6 on the U.S. Pop Chart. The song was featured in the film Rock Around the Clock.
Haley was born William John Clifton Haley in Highland Park, Michigan. Both of his parents were musicians, and he started singing and playing guitar when he was young. He was a musical director of at Radio Station WPWA in Chester, PA, and had his own band, who were called the Saddlemen. In the early 1950s, they eventually became Bill Haley & His Comets. The name came from Halley’s Comet, and they are one of the pioneering groups that helped to usher in rock and roll. They’re known for “Crazy Man, Crazy,” “Rock Around the Clock,” “See you Later, Alligator,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” “Skinny Minnie”, and “Razzle Dazzle.”