Rock Around the Clock (album)

Rock Around the Clock was the third album of rock and roll music by Bill Haley and His Comets. Released by Decca Records in December 1955 it was, like the two albums that preceded it, a compilation album of previously issued singles. Most of the album's contents had in fact been previously issued by Decca earlier in 1955 on the album Shake, Rattle and Roll. Unlike the previous release, which was in the 10-inch format, the new album was a full 12-inch release and included additional tracks from 1955. It was also the first Haley album to make the Billboard charts, and was one of the very first album releases of the rock and roll genre to do so.

Rock Around the Clock
Compilation album by
ReleasedDecember 19, 1955
RecordedApril 12, 1954–September 23, 1955, Pythian Temple studios, 135 West 70th Street, New York City [1][2]
GenreRock and roll, rockabilly
ProducerMilt Gabler
Bill Haley and His Comets chronology
Shake, Rattle and Roll
Rock Around the Clock
Rock 'n' Roll Stage Show
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]

The recording was made in the Decca Records studio located in the Pythian Temple in New York City.[2][1]

Track listingEdit

1."Rock Around the Clock"James E. Myers, Max C. Freedman2:08
2."Shake, Rattle and Roll"Jesse Stone2:31
3."A.B.C. Boogie"Al Russel, Max Spickol2:29
4."Thirteen Women (And Only One Man in Town)"Dickie Thompson2:53
5."Razzle-Dazzle"Charles E. Calhoun2:43
6."Two Hound Dogs"Bill Haley, Frank Pingatore2:59
7."Dim, Dim the Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere)"Beverly Ross, Julius Dixon2:31
8."Happy Baby"Frank Pingatore2:36
9."Birth Of The Boogie"Haley, Billy Williamson, Johnny Grande2:15
10."Mambo Rock"Bix Reichner, Mildred Phillips and Jimmy Ayre2:38
11."Burn That Candle"Winfield Scott2:46
12."Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie"Haley2:21


Additional personnelEdit



Year Chart Position
1956 Billboard Pop Albums 12


Year Single Chart Position
1955 "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" Billboard Black Singles 3
1955 "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" Billboard Pop Singles 1
1974 "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" Billboard Pop Singles 39


The recording was re-issued on 180 Gram vinyl in 2009 by Doxy Music it was manufactured in Europe. Catalogue #DOY613


  1. ^ a b Simons, David (2004). Studio Stories - How the Great New York Records Were Made. San Francisco: Backbeat Books. Cf. pp.168-169.
  2. ^ a b Gray, Christopher (2009-06-18). "An Improbable Cradle of Rock Music". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ "Bill Haley Recordings File". The Gardner Family. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "A.B.C. Boogie". SecondHandSongs. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Mambo Rock". SecondHandSongs. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "Birth of the Boogie". SecondHandSongs. Retrieved November 26, 2018.