YouTube - Bill Haley - Rock Around The Clock (1956)
A Big band version of Rock and Roll 1956..Notice the jitterbug dancers.This song (Rock Around The Clock) by Billy Haley and the Comets was actually recorded about the same time as Elvis' "That's Allright Mama" 1954. I was honored to meet many of the Comet's band members about ten years ago when Bill Haley and the Comets were inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame the same night as my dad (Paul Burlison). Unlike most rock and rollers, the Comet's musicians were all formally trained musicians with a big band background, having the ability to read and play by sheet music.This song, and other Bill Haley releases, are a classic example of creating music to get people on the dance floor. And many consider this to be the first Rock and Roll song.
However, for a indepth discussion on the origin and roots of rock and roll go to the home page (or hit 2010 entries) for a complete list of articles and key audio downloads on the artist considered to be the first to record a rock and roll song.