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1955 - Chuck Berry and Bill Haley Rock America



1955 was a big year for the formation of rock and roll.  Rock needed radio, and radio needed Rock.  American teens were uneasy with Mom and Dad's music, and it was a year of transition for music.  Bill Haley and the Comet's "Rock Around the Clock" was released in 1954 but became a huge hit in 1955.  Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" sold ONE MILLION copies!  Deejays were playing a hodge podge of "soft music" along with music that would eventually be deemed rock 'n' roll.  For many, 1955 marked the end of the Bubble Gum era and the beginning of Early Rock, which was a blend of all types of music.

Interesting Fact:  Chuck Berry's official website,
www.chuckberry.com lists 3 highlights of his career taking place in 1955:

May 1955 Takes a roadtrip to Chicago; talks briefly to Muddy Waters, who refers him to Chess Records. There he lands a recording contract.

May 21, 1955 Records first songs, "Maybellene" and "Wee Wee Hours."

September 1955 "Maybellene" hits No. 5 on Billboard's Rock and Roll Singles chart.



 
The Rolling Stone named 500 of the greatest songs of all time.  7 songs made the cut in 1955!

18      Maybellene - Chuck Berry
369     I'm A Man - Bo Diddley
62      Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
431    Aint That a Shame - Fats Domino
351    The Great Pretender - The Platters
77      Mystery Train - Elvis Presley
229    Mannish Boy - Muddy Waters

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