Each day, Rich Terfry and Radio 2 Drive wraps up your day with music and stories about the interesting things going on in the world. 

 

 

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Captain Picard sings "Let It Snow":

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RICH'S PICK: Talking Heads "Sugar On My Tongue"

 

MARK'S PICK: Brian Eno "Sky Saw"

 

REAR-VIEW MIRROR:

Every week, Rich Terfry looks back in our Rear-view Mirror at a great song from the good ol’ days. This week, Bill Haley and the Comets with "Rock Around The Clock."

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The 1954 smash "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and his Comets is considered to be the song that brought rock and roll into mainstream culture worldwide and was first rock song to go to the number one position on the Billboard chart. But here's a list of 10 things you may not know about this rock and roll classic:

1. Although it is said that the song was written for Bill Haley, he wasn't the first to record it. A month before Bill Haley got his hands on it, a group called Sonny Dae and His Knights cut a version.
 
 
2. "Rock Around the Clock" wasn't Bill Haley's first hit. He had some chart success a year earlier with a song called "Crazy Man, Crazy."
 
 
3. The song bears a strong resemblance to the Hank Williams hit "Move It On Over," which was recorded seven years earlier, in 1947.
 
 
Hank Williams' song was probably based in part on the 1929 Charlie Patton song, "Going To Move To Alabama."
 
 
4. Bill Haley almost missed his chance to record "Rock Around the Clock." Traveling from Philadelphia to New York for his recording session, his ferry got stuck on a sandbar!
 
 
5. Having run late, Sammy Davis Jr., who was scheduled to use the studio next, was waiting outside as Bill Haley scrambled to finish his recording.
 
 
6. "Rock Around the Clock" wasn't an immediate hit. In fact, it didn't reach the
top of the charts until a year after it was released.
 
7. The song's success can partly be attributed to a kid named Peter Ford. He was the son of actor Glenn Ford and he loved the song. When film producers were looking for a song that would represent the sound of the youth for their next film, in which Glenn Ford was slated to star, they flipped through his son's record collection and chose "Rock Around the Clock."
 
 
8. That film was Blackboard Jungle and "Rock Around the Clock" went through the roof after playing during the opening credits.
 
9. "Rock Around the Clock" is the biggest-selling rock and roll single of all-time. Some have estimated that it has sold 100 million copies.
 
10. David Gilmour of Pink Floyd once said, "It's very hard to tell what made me first decide to play the guitar. 'Rock Around the Clock' by Bill Haley came out when I was 10, and that probably had something to do with it."
 
 
Here's the song that introduced the world to the sound of rock and roll: "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and his Comets.
 
 



Here are some other great editions of Rear-view Mirror:

Bob Dylan/Tangled Up In Blue

The Beatles/Norwegian Wood

The Pursuit of Happiness/I'm An Adult Now

Bruce Springsteen/Born To Run

Arcade Fire/Wake Up

Gnarls Barkley/Crazy

Big Joe Turner/Shake Rattle and Roll

Martha and the Muffins/Echo Beach

Wilson Pickett/In The Midnight Hour

The Band/The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Fleetwood Mac/Go Your Own Way

The Animals/House of the Rising Sun

Ian and Sylvia/Four Strong Winds

James Brown/Please Please Please

John Cougar Mellencamp, 'Pink Houses'

Leonard Cohen/Suzanne

The Ramones/I Wanna Be Sedated

Blue Rodeo/Try

The Guess Who/American Woman

U2/I Still Have't Found What I'm Looking For

Janis Joplin/Me and Bobby McGee

Gordon Lightfoot "If You Could Read My Mind"

The Byrds "Eight Miles High"

Simon and Garfunkel "The Sound of Silence"

Bill Haley and his Comets "Rock Around The Clock"

The Velvet Underground "I'm Waiting For The Man"

Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues"

Bobby Fuller "I Fought The Law"

Big Star "September Gurls"

The Hollies "Bus Stop"

Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart"

Booker T and the MGs "Green Onions"

Jimi Hendrix "Hey Joe"

Neil Young "Rockin' in the Free World"

Dolly Parton "Jolene"

The Left Banke "Walk Away Renee"

Lou Reed "Walk On The Wild Side"

James Taylor "Fire And Rain"

The Clash "Should I Stay or Should I Go"

Marvin Gaye "Sexual Healing"

Radiohead "Paranoid Android"

M.I.A. "Paper Planes"

The Animals "We Gotta Get Out of this Place"

Dusty Springfield "Son of a Preacher Man"

Screamin' Jay Hawkins "I Put A Spell On You"

Cheap Trick "Surrender"

Mott The Hoople "All the Young Dudes"

Beach Boys "Sloop John B"

Amy Winehouse "Rehab"

New York Dolls "Personality Crisis"

Modern Lovers "Roadrunner"

George Jones "He Stopped Loving Her Today"

Bruce Springsteen "Born in the USA"

The Beatles "With A Little Help From My Friends"

Rolling Stones 'Miss You'

The Coasters 'Run Red Run'

Elvis Costello, 'Alison'

James Brown, 'Hot (I Need to be loved loved loved)'

Inner Circle, 'Tenement Yard'

Ray Charles, 'I Don't Need No Doctor'

Curtis Mayfield, 'Freddy's Dead'

Gang Starr, 'Beyond Comprehension'

Bo Diddley, 'Bo Diddley'

Aretha Franklin, 'Rocksteady'

CCR, 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain'

Howlin' Wolf, 'Smokestack Lightning'

Bobby Womack, 'Across 110th Street'

Roy Orbison, 'In Dreams'

Foggy Hogtown Boys, 'Man of Constant Sorrow'

Pink Floyd, 'Wish You Were Here'

Neil Young, 'Cortez The Killer'

Bob Dylan, 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'

Little Eva, 'Loco-Motion'

Elvis Costello, 'Watching the Detectives'

Jimmy Cliff, 'The Harder They Come'

The Verve, 'Bittersweet Symphony'

Roberta Flack, 'Killing Me Softly with his Song'

R.E.M., 'Radio Free Europe'

Radiohead, 'No Surprises'

Led Zeppelin, 'Ramble On'

Glen Campbell, 'Wichita Lineman'

Rolling Stones, 'Beast of Burden'

posted by Mark Wigmore on Dec 05, 2013