Rock Around the Clock: story of a hit song

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Bill Haley and the Comets

Martin Chilton writes: It's rather funny to think that it was a middle-aged man who wrote the lyrics that stirred up a generation of teenagers in the Fifites. When Philadelphia-born Max C Friedman penned the words 'One, Two, Three O'clock, Four O'clock rock' as the opening line of a novelty number, he'd have had no inkling of the staggering success in store for his song We're Gonna Rock Around the Clock Tonight, which went to No 1 in the US pop charts on July 9, 1955.

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