‘Rock Around the Clock’ became first rock hit

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Today in History, July 9, 1955: ‘Rock Around the Clock’ became first rock ‘n’ roll hit

On July 9, 1955, “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets became the fist rock ‘n’ roll single to top the Billboard’s Pop charts.

Pioneer rock ‘n’ roller Bill Haley, seated, and his Comets rocked around and around the clock with their hit, which in 1955 was the first rock record to hit the top of the Billboard Pop charts, where it stayed for eight weeks. (Photo: AP)

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