(We're Gonna) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK
performed by various artists

40 RealAudio samples

Date Performer Note
1953 SONNY DAE & His Knights

The first issued version of the song. Real name of Sonny Dae: Pascal Salvatore Vennitti
1955 GÖRAN ÖDNER & Matti Viljasen Septetti (Finland) The first Finnish version, written by Saukki (Sauvo Puhtila), titled Tunnista Toiseen
1955 LI'L MILLET & CREOLES* .
1955 DIE OPTIMISTEN (Austria) Vocals: Jörg Maria Berg, Ernie Bieler, Erwin Halletz
Mid. 1950s Unknown*
Performance issued on the 3 LP set A Century of American Music (America's Most Famous Composers and Artists) (GT-1, label & year not indicated; not for sale).

Artist credited as Bill Haley on the cover

but not mentioned on the disc's label, unlike the other songs!
Early 1956 SVEN ASMUSSEN (Denmark) German version, titled Wenn der Johnny spielt
1956 PIRRON & KNAPP (Austria) Austrian comic version, titled Hausmasta Rock
1956 RENATO CAROSONE (Italy) .
1956 DEEP RIVER BOYS with Sid Phillips & His Orchestra Vocals: Cameron Williams, Edward Ware (or Ronnie Bright), Vernon Gardner. Recorded in London
1956 MICHEL LEGRAND et son grand orchestre avec les Fontana* (France) Instrumental version with back vocal.
Go to Michel Legrand's Rock & Roll page
November 24, 1956 PAT BOONE Go to Pat Boone's Rock & Roll page
March 20, 1957 BUDDY KNOX & The Rhythm Orchids .
1957 PEB ROC et ses Rocking Boys* (France)

The real name is unknown (possibly Christiane Legrand).

Go to Peb Roc's Rock & Roll page
1957 EDDIE COCHRAN & GARY LAMBERT

Instrumental version. Lead guitar: Eddie Cochran
1958 MICKEY KATZ & His Orchestra The Jewish-American comedy version titled K'Nock Around The Clock
October 24, 1959 ISLEY BROTHERS .
1950–60s LOS HISPANOS .
Early 1960s CHUBBY CHECKER .
1961 PAUL WÜRGES with Benny Sky & Sein Tanz Orchester (Germany) Paul Würges — “Der deutsche Bill Haley”
1962 PHIL FLOWERS .
1963 SANDY NELSON Instrumental version
January 29, 1964 THE PLATTERS .
1964 TED HEROLD (Germany) Real name: Harald Walter Bernhard Schubring
September 1964 GENE SIMMONS .
November 1964 DINAH LEE (New Zealand) Real name: Diane Marie Jacobs
1968 FREDDY CANNON .
1972 MAE WEST & The Hot Rockers Real name: Mary Jane West (1893–1980). Probably the oldest artist to record Rock Around The Clock
January 20, 1973 JERRY LEE LEWIS* In medley on Grand Ole Opry (unissued).
Go to Jerry Lee Lewis' site
January 1974 BUBBLEROCK IS HERE TO STAY (UK) Real name: Jonathan King (born Kenneth George King). The polka version
1974 NILSSON & JOHN LENNON Real name of Nilsson: Harry Edwad Nilsson. Producer: John Lennon
January 1976 LEE JACKSON Vocals: Claudio Conde. Recorded in Sao Paulo, Brazil
1977 ADRIANO CELENTANO (Italy) In medley titled A Woman In Love & Rock Around The Clock
1978 CARL PERKINS

Only one legendary rock & roll performer, less Bill Haley, to officially record Rock Around The Clock. A quarter of a century later…
1979 JIMMY DE KNIGHT The writer's instrumental version
1979 TELEX (Belgium) Vocals: Michael Moers
1979 GARY'S GANG .
1979 or 1981 SEX PISTOLS Vocals: Tenpole Tudor, backing: Sex Pistols. Recorded live in England
1980s C WILLYS* (France) .
1989 JIVE BUNNY & The Mastermixers* In medley titled Swing The Mood
1980–90s ROCKETS* (Germany?) .
2CD set by HYDRA Records BCK 27128-1.5 “BILL HALEY & FRIENDS Vol. 3” (2006) contains all these recordings (except marked by asterisk) on CD2, and also 31 performances of Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley & his Comets on CD1:


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